IT for Change / JNC Intervention at NetMundial
The following text is a (slightly corrected) excerpt from the session transcript.
My name is Parminder Jeet Singh, and I come from IT for Change and I
also speak for the Just Net Coalition. The first point is that the document
lacks reference to the word "democracy" or "democratic." There is no
reference to these words while "multstakeholderism" has been spoken
of about 15 times. It should be recognized that multistakeholderism is a
subsidiary principle to the larger principle of democracy. And this word
"democratic" and "democracy" should be included in the document as
many places as possible preceding the "multistakeholder" part.
The second part is that we should reference the WSIS documents, WSIS
outcomes of the WSIS ‐‐ the summit, two summits, which I think would
mitigate many concerns that it is a kind of new start and many of the
words are out of context. If we reference WSIS outcomes, that would
make things much more balanced. And it should also be done in a
forward‐looking manner by referring to the WSIS +10 process that
outcomes and the processes from here should feed into the WSIS +10
And a separate point that WSIS +10 processes should be participatory
and inclusive from agenda setting to the outcome.
Third is that the role of stakeholders was an issue Jeanette raised. I
would prefer to include the language which says different stakeholders
are different roles in different situations, whether we refer to Tunis
Agenda or not.
And I would agree to the language used by the Vice President of
Technology of the European Commission talking about general
multistakeholderism and role defining being important. One of the
specific outcomes from process could be to call for a meeting on
democracy, multistakeholderism, and role of stakeholders. And I think
that is one issue which is a smoke screen or a roadblock to discussing
many other issues. So we should call for a separate meeting on that
particular issue. Thank you.