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The IGF is a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet's sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October/November 2006.
The purpose of the IGF is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet governance (IG) related issues; create opportunities to share best practices and experiences; identify emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public; contribute to capacity building for Internet governance.

The main aim of the IGF is to facilitate inclusive, productive discussions on Internet related public policy issues from a general perspective, while keeping all stakeholders involved. This includes having a harmonized and consistent approach when covering IG issues. To further this aim, the IGF adheres to the generally used UN principle of discouraging ad hominem attacks. As such, participants should refrain from singling out individual persons, companies, countries or entities during their interventions and throughout the general discussions and debates in main sessions, workshops and other events at IGF meetings. Concrete examples can be highlighted in the overall coverage of IG issues as long as it is not done in a blatantly inflammatory or potentially libelous way. Singling out one entity without broader context could not only discourage further participation of this entity, but endanger inclusive and productive discussion at the IGF.
The IGF welcomes organisations and individuals from diverse relevant expertise and geographical areas around the world. The meeting is open to all World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) accredited entities, as well as other institutions and individuals with proven expertise and experience in matters related to Internet Governance.
The IGF Secretariat does not provide funding for participants. However, the following organisations provide funding:

1: Funding opportunities available through Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum
Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum seeks to encourage greater participation from Commonwealth member states on issues and discussions related to Internet Governance, with a view to coming up with informed solutions or the pooling of good practice to address their needs more directly. For more information, please contact the Commonwealth IGF Secretariat:
Email : info@commonwealthigf.org
Website: http://www.commonwealthigf.org

2: The Internet Society (ISOC) provides travel funds for the chosen applicants. Successful applicants will be able to participate in the IGF meeting as the ambassadors of ISOC. The Internet Society supports participation of first time Ambassdors as well as returning Ambassadors from Internet Governance Forums in Rio (2007), Hyderabad (2008), Sharm El Sheik (2009), Vilnius (2010), Nairobi (2011), Baku (2012) and Bali (2013). For further information please refer to
http://internetsociety.org/what-we-do/education-and-leadership-programmes/next-generation-leaders/igf-ambassadors-programme
The deadline for submitting a workshop proposal for the 2014 IGF meeting has passed.
The deadline for revising accepted workshop proposals is 20 June.
The media and journalists accreditation takes place in accordance with the United Nations accreditations requirements. The list of requirements is accessible here. To register for the IGF annual meeting, receive a badge and access the venue, journalists can register online ( via IGF website) or onsite. Please contact igf[at]unog.ch if you need further information. Please note that the contact information that has been provided on UNOG website is only for the conferences that are held at UNOG, please contact IGF Secretariat for any IGF related matter.
Commercial logos, flags, banners or printed publications are not allowed in the main meeting halls.
The IGF 2014 meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 02-05 September 2014. The venue is the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC).
Online registration for the IGF 2014 meeting is now open. You may find the registration page here.
Badges can be received from the registration desk at the IGF venue.
No. Attending the meetings is free of charge.
Information on various accommodation options, including rates, is available on the accommodation page. You are responsible for making bookings and paying for your accommodation.
Transport will be provided for all the delegates from the recommended hotels to the meeting venue. Due to lack of parking space and pick up points for the shuttles at some hotels, several hotels have been designated as pick up points which are in the proximity of (5 - 6 minutes walk) of other hotels.

Please refer to the shuttle and private transfer pages for more information.
A number of transportation options are available for participants, including taxis and the public bus transportation service.
Standard UN security will be provided within the meeting premises. Only registered participants and staff with conference badges will be allowed into the conference venue.
Rich coffee breaks with small snacks will be provided by the Host Country free of charge.
To prevent damage to the equipment in the meeting rooms, it is not allowed to take beverages and food to the meeting rooms.
Yes. For details and arrangements, please contact Mr. Murat Ceyhan, Flaptour company, at murat.ceyhan[at]flaptour.com.tr

Please note that lunches and receptions cannot be held in the session/meeting rooms.
Yes. All the public areas at the meeting venue will be accessible to people with limited capabilities.
Yes, there will be an ambulance on duty and a local hospital ready to help in case of emergency.
Yes. Internet access will be made available to all participants free of charge at the conference venue.
Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.

Four- and five-star hotels often provide North American-style 120 volts, 60 Hz flush-mounted sockets (points) for North American flat-prong plugs.

Check your appliances before leaving home to see what you'll need to plug in when you travel in Turkey.

Many appliances with their own power adapters (such as laptop computers and digital cameras)—can be plugged into either 110-120-volt or 220-240-volt sockets/points and will adapt to the voltage automatically, (but you will need a plug adaptor that can fit into the recessed wall socket/point. Read on.)

Read the technical stuff on your power adapter to see (the power adapter is the little gizmo, usually black and rectangular, that's in the power line between your laptop or camera and the socket/point.) Look for "INPUT: A.C. 100-240V".
Limited number of photocopier machines will be available at the venue.
Written materials and documentation can be distributed at the designated areas at the IGF venue.

The distributed materials should be Internet governance related and of non-commercial nature. The documents should follow UN guidelines on suitability and should not be blatantly inflammatory or potentially libelous and the actions and arguments should be criticized based on their merits and not their source. As the IGF adheres to the generally used UN principle of discouraging ad hominem attacks, organisations should refrain from singling out individual persons, companies, countries or entities in the materials they distribute.

Documentation related to the workshops subject matters can be distributed at the workshop rooms, and should be removed by the workshop organizer at the end of the workshop session.

Organizations that are holding a booth at the IGF village are requested to display and distribute documents at their booth. Publications that are clearly attributed to IGF participants which do not have a booth at the IGF village may be distributed and displayed at the Publications Counter, after approval by the IGF Secretariat. The counter is located in front of Rumeli room at the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. For approval, please provide a sample to Mr. Daniel Dufour, in office Levent 2.

Side-event advertisements and invitations can be posted on the notice boards located in main entrance. Flyer leaflets will not be authorised.
Participants are requested to refrain from distributing non-official material, such as information related to other meetings, future conferences or publicity material.
Materials that are not in compliance with the above, not attributed to IGF participants or found in non-designated areas will be removed.
Commercial logos, flags, banners or printed publications are not allowed in the main meeting halls.
Yes. Tote bags will be given out on the first day of the IGF meeting. Participants who would like to send promotional flyers and other documents to be included in the tote bags are asked to ship the documents before 24-26 August, which is the requested time frame for their arrival at the IGF venue (Lutfi Kirdar International Convention & Exhibition Center, Harbiye Mh. Istanbul 34367, Turkey).

Please note that shipped materials should be Turkey for custom procedures at least seven days before the requested delivery date to the IGF venue.
For details and exact timing, you can contact the shipping firm suggested below:

DB SCHENKER ARKAS NAK. ve TIC. A.S.
Contact : Mr. Sertaç YOLCU
Address : SCHENKER ARKAS Nakliyat ve Tic. A.S.
Internal Fairs Service Chief
Istanbul Dunya Ticaret Merkezi,
A2 BLOK No: 330 Kat: 10 34149 Yesilkoy
Istanbul / Turkey
Tel : +90 212 465 61 45 / 5276
Fax: +90 212 465 61 35
Mobile: +90533 504 6812
Mail: sertac.yolcu@schenkerarkas.com.tr
Web: www.schenkerarkas.com.tr
Materials for the tote bags should be non-commercial.
The booth sizes are forecasted as 2.4 m height, 2m x 2m. There will be a banner space above each booth holder at the size of 30 cm. At least 2 chairs, 1 table, 1 garbage bin and adequate electric plugs as well as internet connection will be available within the booths.

Laptops, printers, LCD monitors (42”), lockers and shelves for flyers are forecasted to be available on a daily rent basis, at the organisation's expense.
Booths are intended for organisations to showcase their Internet governance related activities. The materials and publications posted at the booths should be non-commercial, adhere to commonly respected standards of decency and be in accordance with UN practice and principles.
In principle, demonstrations are not authorized within UN event premises. Exceptions could be made, but require approval from the IGF Secretariat at least one week in advance of the respective event.

Individuals involved in unauthorized demonstrations risk being banned from UN premises and events.
Mostly between 80-120 PAX.
The rooms will be available either in classroom or roundtable style.
11 workshop rooms will be available.
The working language of the IGF meeting is mostly English. Interpretation will be provided in all 6 UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) for the main sessions.
Both workshops and main sessions will benefit from webcast, in both audio and video formats, and real-time transcription of verbatim written record of the proceedings that will be posted to the IGF website.
Yes, a public remote chat capability will be provided for all main sessions and workshops.
Yes. More information will be made available in due course.
Social gatherings initiated by different organisations may take place at the IGF venue or at other venues.
Rooms will be available for side-events. These rooms will not be equipped for web-casting, transcription, or remote participation.

For visa enquries: visa@igf2014.org.tr

For shipments: shipment@igf2014.org.tr

For technical matters: technical@igf2014.org.tr 

For media services: media@igf2014.org.tr

For IGF Villagevillage@igf2014.org.tr

For general issues: info@igf2014.org.tr

Written materials and documentation can be distributed at the designated areas at the IGF venue.

The distributed materials should be Internet governance related and of non-commercial nature. The documents should follow UN guidelines on suitability and should not be blatantly inflammatory or potentially libelous and the actions and arguments should be criticized based on their merits and not their source. As the IGF adheres to the generally used UN principle of discouraging ad hominem attacks, organisations should refrain from singling out individual persons, companies, countries or entities in the materials they distribute.

Documentation related to the workshops subject matters can be distributed at the workshop rooms, and should be removed by the workshop organizer at the end of the workshop session.

Organizations that are holding a booth at the IGF village are requested to display and distribute documents at their booth. Publications that are clearly attributed to IGF participants which do not have a booth at the IGF village may be distributed and displayed at the Publications Counter, after approval by the IGF Secretariat. The counter is located in front of Rumeli room at the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. For approval, please provide a sample to Mr. Daniel Dufour, in office Levent 2.

Side-event advertisements and invitations can be posted on the notice boards located in main entrance. Flyer leaflets will not be authorised.
Participants are requested to refrain from distributing non-official material, such as information related to other meetings, future conferences or publicity material.
Materials that are not in compliance with the above, not attributed to IGF participants or found in non-designated areas will be removed.