(New York, 7th August) The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York co-hosted with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) a luncheon to share information and discuss issues related to internet governance on 30th July 2013.
  
 
Major General Shavendra Silva, Ambassador and the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations welcomed participants and opened the session. 
 
Discussions focused on how the evolving set of Internet governance issues in various fora, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) relate to the upcoming deliberations at the UN General Assembly sessions in New York. The multistakeholder model functions, in particular the role of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC), was further clarified by the ICANN representatives. 128 government and observer members are represented on this Committee, including the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. ICANN announced the addition of new members: Madagascar, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Swaziland, and Zambia at the recent meeting in June 2013 in Durban.
 
Delegates stressed the importance of ICT as a cross-cutting priority of the UN, especially as it relates to the post-2015 development agenda including sustainable development goals, education, youth empowerment and employment.
 
Participants also discussed the positive and practical momentum seen during the recent substantive session of ECOSOC in July 2013 in Geneva, where Member States approved the resolution on the Commission on Science, Technology and Development (CSTD). Delegates explored areas for discussion around Internet governance, in particular the need for transparency and inclusivity. It was observed that there is a need for ICANN and other Internet governance institutions to further engage on these issues.
 
 

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