APNIC supports the regional IGF in Tokyo

APNIC commends the success of the 2012 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) held last week in Tokyo, Japan.

APNIC contributed to the success of the 2012 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) held last week in Tokyo, Japan. APNIC staff organized a session, "Critical Internet Resources: IPv4/IPv6" on the status of IPv6 deployment.

APNIC Chief Scientist Geoff Huston presented during the Future of the Internet session, giving his insights on the current status of IPv6 deployment and how to accelerate the transition across the region and globally. You can watch the Critical Internet Resources session, and other APrIGF sessions online in the presentation archives.

This year the Number Resource Organization (NRO), which is the umbrella for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), doubled its financial contribution to the yearly IGF planning process to USD 75,000. APNIC Director General Paul Wilson said this was an important demonstration of support for the IGF as the forum for multi-stakeholder discussion on issues related to Internet governance.

"Internet organizations [such as APNIC and the NRO] have supported the IGF process intensively since its inception. The IGF is possibly the best example of a global multi-stakeholder forum, and we should keep it alive and ongoing, respecting its original foundations, and our opinion that it is the collective responsibility of all Internet stakeholders. The NRO's extra contribution is a statement to affirm our support for the IGF as the best forum to discuss and share on a wide range of topics related to the year's Internet governance agenda," Mr Wilson said.

The APrIGF is one of several IGF initiatives held yearly on a domestic and regional basis around the world. This forum focused on regional issues to bring forward to the global meeting at the end of the year. The 2012 global IGF will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6 to 9 November.

"The IGF has proved to be influential to decision-making as a reference point and a repository of essential information that should be considered in policy-making processes. All Internet stakeholders should show their support for this critical forum," Mr Wilson said.