Geneva, 4 June 2014
The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is pleased to announce the graduation of its first group of just-in-time Internet governance (IG) course participants.
This blended learning course (with in situ discussions and online elements) is an innovative element of the GIP, which officially launched in April this year. Sixteen participants from sixteen countries, representing Geneva-based permanent missions, alongside representatives from the ITU and UNCTAD, reviewed basic IG elements, discussed them in an online learning environment at their convenience, and then applied this knowledge to current events in the IG world at weekly briefings and in ongoing IG meetings such as the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC). The learning programme followed the recent development of numerous policy processes and negotiations on IG such as NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (held in São Paulo, Brazil, 23 - 24 April 2014).
The course benefited diplomats who follow IG and other Internet-related policy fields (e.g. telecommunications, human rights, cybersecurity, trade). While improving their knowledge on IG, participants gained practical skills and knowledge to effectively participate in the actual IG processes.
IG is one of the most dynamic and important policy areas in today’s diplomacy. Touching every area of global affairs, and personal and professional lives, mastery of Internet basics is indispensable to Geneva missions, as a world hub of IG policy shaping.
A similar just-in-time format will be integrated into an online pre-posting course for Geneva missions, starting in July. This course will prepare diplomats for this dynamic environment, from their home countries before they arrive at their new Geneva postings. For more information please consult this link.
Photo gallery from the graduation ceremony: http://diplo.smugmug.com/Geneva-Internet-Platform-/Graduation-of-justintime-cours/i-XcND6Jm
The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities implemented by DiploFoundation.
Contact: Tereza Horejsova, +41 (22) 907 36 33