New York, June 25, 2015. — Rashid Ismailov, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, and Russian delegation took part in meeting of the UN Group of the Government Experts for International Information Security. Deputy Minister carried out bilateral meetings with Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Chairman of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs.
The parties discussed preparation to the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) that will take place within the UN General Assembly in December, 2015, internalization of Internet infrastructure management, competences of the Forum for Internet Management and results of global meeting for management of Internet infrastructure NETmundial, which took place in Brazil in 2014.
Rashid Ismailov noted that Russia is standing for prolonging of WSIS process and adoption of corresponding decision on the UN General Assembly. This decision will be the base for mutual elaboration of development direction for information society for the next decade, including Internet management.
“Russia is not sure that the Forum for Internet Management is ready to be responsible for development of global policy in sphere of Internet management,” noted Rashid Ismailov, “However, we support participation of the Forum as an independent structure in more pragmatic, coordinated and integral WSIS process within Geneva Plan of Actions and Tunisian Program for Information Society.”
Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications also noted that in spite of principles and road map for Internet infrastructure management, adopted on the NETmundial-2014, the majority of governments, including European countries, are sharing Russian position and don’t consider final documents of NETmundial obligatory international documents. “We should take into consideration that final documents of NETmundial were adopted with violation of procedural requirements. They ignored comments of the majority of governments and non-governmental organizations,” said Rashid Ismailov.
The parties also discussed necessity to strengthen role of the Government in decision-making process of international non-profit organization ICANN, presented in report of the Council of Europe “Procedures and policy of ICANN in sphere of human rights, basic freedoms and democratic values.”
“We think it’s necessary to develop a document, defining responsibilities and liabilities of ICANN and providing governments and non-profit organizations with an opportunity to control activities of this organization taking into consideration possibilities for development of telecom,” said Rashid Ismailov, “We a think that supervisory functions over IANA should be passed to international authoritative structure on the basis of democratic and open process without political or any other limitations. Critical resources of Internet infrastructure should be fairly distributed between countries. In this way we will be able to create conditions for mutual management of Internet infrastructure relying on principles of intergovernmental trust.”
Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Chairman of the UN General Assembly, is responsible for political guidance and general coordination of WSIS process.
Department for Economic and Social Affairs is a key subdivision of the UN Secretary responsible for WSIS review and preparation to meeting at the highest level within the UN General Assembly for WSIS and organizational aspects of the Forum for Internet Management and e-government development. Thomas Gass is Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Topics concerning WSIS and the Forum for Internet Management.