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IJMA3 organized a workshop during the global Internet Governance forum (IGF 2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Arab ICT Organization - IJMA3 was pleased to organize a workshop during the global Internet Governance forum (IGF 2016) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

  Source ijma3.org

Title of the workshop:

“Civil Society & Private Sector Build ICT Support for SDGs”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative describes itself as an “action plan for people, planet and prosperity.”  The SDG agenda includes aspirations across a wide range of issues; spanning poverty, hunger, education, justice, economic growth and infrastructure, to name a few.  In all, the SDG outlines 17 goals and 169 specific targets.

Given the role of critical enabler that the Internet has taken on for both developed and developing economies, civil society and private sector interests must build bridges with government officials and be as inclusive as possible in order to have any chance of achieving any of the SDGs. If partnerships can be built and maintained it will greatly increase the chances that robust information infrastructure (ICTs and the Internet) will be built and used.  This will lead to highlighting the enabling role of the Internet as demonstrated with the following examples:

SDGs 1. & 8. “No Poverty and “Decent Work and Economic Growth”

Information Infrastructure is proving to be powerful driver of economic growth, which in many countries, has begun to lift citizens out of the clutches of poverty through job creation.

SDGs 9. & 12. “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” leads to “Responsible Consumption and Production”

ICTs and the Internet contribute to innovation, expansion of industry and critically important infrastructure all of which contributes to the production of goods and services to be responsibly consumed.

SDGs 2. & 3. & 4. “Zero Hunger”, “Good Health and Well-Being” need to be a given before “Quality Education” can begin.

The workshop  identified successful strategies from speakers and participants and developed a set of messages for further action to business, civil society and IGOs in particular that will be published in the workshop report.  Particular attention was paid to cross cutting applications targeting relevant UN sustainable development goals.


  • Marilyn Cade, President, ICT Strategies, Private Sector, USA


  • Manu Bhardwaj, Senior Advisor on Technology and Internet Policy to the Under Secretary of the Department of State, Government, USA

  • Sarah Wynn-Williams, Director of Public Policy, Facebook, Private Sector, USA

  • Dr. Ailyn Febles, President, Union of Informatics Professionals of Cuba, Civil Society, Cuba

  • Tatiana Delgado, Vice President, Union of Informatics Professionals of Cuba, Civil Society, Cuba

  • Ivan Barreto, Vice President, Association of Pedagogues of Cuba, Civil Society, Cuba

  • Yarina Amoroso, President, Society of Right of Informatics in Cuba, Civil Society, Cuba

  • Salam Al Waeli, Director of Programs-IJMA3 and Board member-WAVE, NGO, Iraq, ( remote participation)

  • Sam Paltridge, Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry, OECD, IGO, France

  • Ellen Blackler, Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company, Private Sector, USA

  • Jimson Olufuye, Chair, African ICT Alliance [AfiCTA], NGO, Nigeria

  • Gonzalo Lopez-Barajas Huder, Manager Public Policy & Internet, Telefonica, Private Sector, Spain

  • Ms. Iffat Gill, CEO, Code for Change, Civil Society, Pakistan (remote participation)

  • Wahab Sadaat, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communications and IT, Afghanistan, Government,


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