[bestbits] Call for nominations for CSTD WG on Enhanced Cooperation

Nadira Alaraj nadira.araj at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 10:26:06 EST 2016

Dear Best Bits members,

In this email, I'm forwarding to you the official call from of the CSCG.

As I stated in my earlier email:

to those who are interested to come forward and nominate themselves through
Best Bits list *by March 12th,*.  after this date,  I will generate a
candidate list with the Bios to be presented to you all to have a *3 days
of endorsement period*.  Based on the endorsement I will generate a short
listing and submitted to the NomCom of the Civil Society Coordination Group
by the end of  *March 15th*.

I highlighted below a sentence in bold to bring the attention to those from
developing countries.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Nadira Alaraj

Liaise of BestBits nominees to the CSCG ​

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Call for nominations for CSTD WG on Enhanced Cooperation

The Civil Society Coordination Groups  (CSCG) is seeking civil society
nominations from developed and developing countries as well as from
economies in transition, all geographic areas, and policy orientations to
serve as civil society representatives on the United Nations Commission on
Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on Enhanced
Cooperation (WGEC), the announcement for which can be found at
http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1193. More
information about the WG proposal can be found at
http://unctad.org/meetings/en/Presentation/CSTD_2015_s11_Major_en.pdf .
While the exact timeframe for the working group has not been established,
nominees are asked to consider  a service period of 2016-2017 (and
eventually the beginning of 2018).

Peter Major, the Chair of the CSTD, has appointed CSCG as the focal point
for appointments of Civil Society representatives on the WGEC, and CSCG has
correspondingly established a nominations committee (Nomcom) for this
selection task. We are seeking one CS representative from each of the five
geographical areas: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, GRULAC, and WEOG.
The Chair has requested that we include, to the extent  possible, selection
of former members of the previous working group in order to ensure the
continuation of institutional memory, and the point in the UNGA resolution
to “take into consideration the work that has been done on this matter so
far.” While remote participation will most probably be available, he also
notes that remote participation “may not be very efficient in case of
intensive debates and drafting”. *In addition, he notes that** “As for
funding, the Secretariat of the  CSTD will try and find means to facilitate
participation from developing countries”.*

Nominations should be submitted to the CSCG’s nominations committee via the
email address nomcom06 [at] internetgov-cs [dot] org no later than 15 March
2016, or via one of the member coalitions (IGC, Best Bits, JNC, NCSG, APC)
following their procedures. Independent civil society experts (i.e. those
who are not nominated by a civil society organisation or network) are
welcome to send self-nominations directly to the CSCG nomcom by the same

Nominations should include a short bio of one paragraph, one paragraph of
motivation to be a civil society representative to the WGEC, one paragraph
describing substantive proposals or a vision on “how to further implement
enhanced cooperation as envisioned in the Tunis Agenda”, and one paragraph
describing experience or qualifications to represent civil society on the
WGEC. Name, gender, regional/geographical, as well as any appropriate
affiliation information and contact information should be included as well.
Proficiency in English is necessary for communications within the WGEC. It
is understood that nominees must be able to attend (most) meetings as
established by the WGEC.

About CSCG and the current nomcom:


The Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) exists solely to ensure a
coordinated civil society response and conduit when it comes to making
civil society appointments to outside bodies. It comprises representatives
of the coalition members of the Best Bits, Association for Progressive
Communications, Internet Governance Caucus, Just Net Coalition, and
Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group of ICANN.

As per the CSCG's procedures (available at
http://internetgov-cs.org/procedures), for any selection task, the CSCG
will determine selection criteria and announce them as part of a call for
candidates, which will then be circulated as appropriate, in this case as
broadly as possible across as many different constituencies as possible.

Selection criteria for WGEC:

--substantive proposals or a vision on “how to further implement enhanced
cooperation as envisioned in the Tunis Agenda”;

--experience in or qualifications to represent civil society on the WG;

--English language proficiency;

all to be evaluated using the information submitted with the nomination.
Final selection will consider gender and geographical location, to ensure
an appropriate balance.

All members of the CSCG nomination committee are required to consider the
interests of civil society as a whole, and not just those of their own
coalition, in determining appropriate representatives. The nomination
committee will take into account geographic and gender balance in
determining their final selections, while considering also the need for the
breadth of viewpoints/worldviews represented within civil society to be

Please feel free to contact us if you need further information or to
discuss how we can work together to ensure our mutual objective to ensure
the best possible civil society representation on this Working Group. The
co-chairs of CSCG, Ginger Paque and Ian Peter, are available for inquiries.

The members of the CSCG nomcom for the CSTD WGEC are:

Deirdre Williams, representative of the Civil Society Internet Governance

Caucus (IGC), and recent Co-Coordinator of the IGC

Chat Garcia Ramilo, representative of the Association for Progressive

Communications (APC), and Deputy Executive Director of APC

Ginger (Virginia) Paque, non-voting Co-Chair of CSCG, and with Diplo

Foundation, Internet Governance Programmes (contact: virginiap [at]
diplomacy [dot] edu)

Ian Peter, non-voting Co-Chair of CSCG, independent (contact: ian [dot]
peter [at] ianpeter [dot com)

Nadira Alaraj, representative of Best Bits

Norbert Bollow, representative of the Just Net Coalition (JNC), and

Co-Convenor of JNC

Robin Gross, representative of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group

(NCSG), and member of the NCSG Executive Committee

Information on the Previous WGEC

Previous representatives from civil society

Mr. Carlos A. Afonso, Executive Director, NUPEF Institute

Ms. Avri Doria, Independent Researcher

Ms. Grace Githaiga, Associate, Kenya ICT Action Network

Ms. Joy Liddicoat, Programme Leader for Human Rights on the Internet,
Association for Progressive Communications

Mr. Parminder Jeet Singh, Executive Director, IT for Change

Documents produced during or following previous WGEC meetings can be found
on the CSTD website. Of particular interest:







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