[ccwg-internet-governance] Multi-stakeholder model & multi-lateral model definitions

Fares, David DFares at 21cf.com
Fri Feb 28 11:45:16 UTC 2014

Thanks, Naresh.  I think that it might be helpful to expand the scope beyond just governments so I am merging some text from the previous draft with your text below and then adding a few points that we discussed on the call this morning.  I welcome comments:

"The Multi-Lateral Model (MLM) is a decision-making process wherein nation states or a closed stakeholder group negotiate policy among themselves.  From an inter-governmental perspective, MLM is forum where member governments, on equal footing, may carry out their roles and responsibilities in international public policy issues and other relevant Internet matters.  Some inter-governmental MLMs are closed to participation by other stakeholders while others are open to participation by non-governmental stakeholders as observers through a consultative status or by other means. In either model, governments may include non-governmental stakeholders in their delegation.  Decision-making is nonetheless the sole domain of government delegations."

From: ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org [mailto:ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Naresh Ajwani
Sent: 28 February 2014 08:00
To: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond
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Subject: Re: [ccwg-internet-governance] Multi-stakeholder model & multi-lateral model definitions

Stands of various countries on multilateralism is as follows:

" A suitable multilateral, transparent & democratic mechanism where governments, on equal footing, may carry out their roles and responsibilities in international public policy issues pertaining to the internet & coordination and management of critical internet resources in consultation with all stakeholders."


Naresh Ajwani

Regards & best wishes,

Naresh Ajwani

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com<mailto:ocl at gih.com>> wrote:
Hello all,

looking at the successive edits in the definitions of multi-stakeholder model and multi-lateral model, I note that there has been so serious updating/replacement of input.

As it stands at the moment, the latest definition of Multi-lateral model is:
The Multi-Lateral Model (MLM) is a decision-making process wherein nation states negotiate policy among themselves.  In an ideal process, the governmental parties are expected to voice the interests of their citizens.  Citizens, businesses, civil society organizations and technical experts cannot participate directly in decision-making of a multi-lateral decisionmaking process.  Some multilateral organizations do offer consultative status to non-governmental stakeholders.[DF1]

 [DF1]OECD is one such inter-governmental organization.

I would consider that the multi-lateral model is not only about nation states. In my experience a multi-lateral model often involves each stakeholder group discussing issues only within its own stakeholder group. The decisions made by each stakeholder group can then feed into nation state negotiations as advice - but nation states are indeed the sole decision makers on policy.

Perhaps could we intertwine this in the above definition.

Kind regards,


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