Many countries in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area have developed national IGF initiatives over the past years. There are also several countries which are on the way of launching such initiatives. SEEDIG has been working on fostering communication with and between these initiatives, and has offered to support them in their activities. It is worthwhile mentioning that some of these initiatives have been inspired by SEEDIG.
List of national IGFs, as recognised by the global Internet Governance Forum, and their 2019 meetings:
Albania | Annual meeting TBC
Armenia | 10 October 2019 | Yerevan
Belarus | TBC October 2019 | Minsk
Bosnia and Herzegovina | TBC November 2019 | Sarajevo
Croatia |Annual meeting TBC
Georgia | TBC December 2019 | Tbilisi
North Macedonia | TBC October 2019 | Skopje
Russia | 8 April 2019| Moscow
Slovenia | TBC October 2019 | Ljubljana
Ukraine | TBC September 2019| Kyiv
Youth IGF of Turkey | Annual meeting TBC
SEEDIG’s relations with national IGFs
Online and in situ meetings
Starting December 2015, SEEDIG has been facilitating meetings (online and in situ) with interested national IGF initiatives from the region. These meetings represent an opportunity to discuss and exchange information on issues such as challenges and success stories from national IGFs, modalities in which SEEDIG could assist in building or strengthening national IGFs, and ways in which national IGFs could contribute to the SEEDIG process.
National IGF initiatives have been active contributors to the SEEDIG process. Starting 2016, a slot is reserved in the SEEDIG programme for a meeting with national IGFs (also attended by EuroDIG and the IGF Secretariat). In 2019, this meeting was held on day 0, and it brought together representative of existing and in-formation IGF initiatives from across the region. Discussions revolved mainly around challenges faced by these initiatives, as well as sharing of experiences on how some of these challenges have been addressed by some IGFs.
Past in situ meetings
- May 2019, Bucharest (on the margins of SEEDIG 5)
- May 2018, Ljibljana (on the margins of SEEDIG 2018)
- May 2017, Ohrid (on the margins of SEEDIG 2017)
- April 2016, Belgrade (on the margings of SEEDIG 2016)
Past online meetings
- Online meeting IV: 25 September 2016 | Summary report
- Online meeting III: 31 March 2016 | Summary report
- Online meeting II: 29 February 2016 | Summary report
- Online meeting I: 21 December 2015 | Summary report
Contribution of national IGFs to SEEDIG intersessional activities
Members of national IGF initiatives have been active contributors to SEEDIG intersessional activities, such as the monthly SEEsummary, the SEEhub, and the surveys runs by SEEDIG.
SEEDIG at national IGF meetings
SEEDIG strives, to the extent possible, to participate in annual meetings of national IGF initiatives, as part of its outreach and communication efforts. The initiatives SEEDIG contributed to and/or supported in the 2018 cycle were: Georgia IGF, Armenia IGF, Slovenia IGF, Macedonian IGF, Youth IGF Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina IGF, Global IGF, Albania IGF.