Policy Processes

Profiles of people, organizations, policy documents and resources, which are inserted into the database, typically relate to a specific policy process. A policy process is a debate or negotiation amongst a variety of actors on a particular theme or problem of media and communication policy, limited in time and space, and leading to binding or non-binding rules in the form of laws, conventions, declarations, standards or norms.

Policy processes thereby provide structure and focus for the content that is included in this database. They constitute 'islands' in the broader 'ocean' of global media policy. Currently, profiles in this platform relate to the following prolicy processes:

Title Description Themes All terms
Research on Road Transport and Intermodal Linkages Access, Inclusion and Participation, Governance, State, Commercial, Hardware (consumer devices), Telecommunication, Community/Citizens, Internet
Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet

The United Nations General Assembly established the multistakeholder Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) in 2012 under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). With members from government, the private sector, civil society, technical and academic communities, and international and international organizations, WGEC is tasked with examining the...

Governance, Internet Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
ITU Open Consultation Process for WSIS+10 High Level Event

In 2005, the official outcome document of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) requested the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to make an overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015.
But instead of agreeing on an all-embracing event in 2015, which would be preceded by a coordinated preparatory process and eventually lead into a...

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Content, Diversity and Pluralism, Governance, Information, Communication and Expression Rights, Social Justice & Democracy, Uses, Physical (cables, wires, spectrum), Broadcast, Telecommunication, Internet Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum is a global multi-stakeholder policy forum where institutional, business and civil society entities can participate on the basis of their interest for Internet development and governance matters. Its mandate was set by paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda (World Summit on the Information Society, 2005) which states:
"We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open...

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Governance, Information, Communication and Expression Rights, Uses, Physical (cables, wires, spectrum), Logical (code, software, standards), Internet Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
World Conference of the International Women’s Year (Mexico City 1975) and the United Nations Decade for Women (1976-1985)

The United Nations Decade for Women (1976-1985) was proclaimed by the General Assembly five months after the first World Conference on the Status of Women, convened in Mexico City to coincide with the 1975 International Women's Year. The conference reminded the international community that discrimination against women continued to be a persistent problem worldwide, and the UN Decade launched a...

Content, Diversity and Pluralism, Governance, Print, State, Broadcast, Commercial Non-participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
Millennium Development Declaration and Goals

In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. The eight...

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Governance, Information, Communication and Expression Rights Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995) and its Follow-ups

The United Nations convened the Fourth World Conference on Women on 4-15 September 1995 in Beijing, China. The principal themes were the advancement and empowerment of women in relation to women’s human rights, women and poverty, women and decision-making, the girl-child, violence against women and other areas of concern. The resulting documents of the Conference are The Beijing Declaration...

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Content, Diversity and Pluralism, Governance, Uses, Print, State, Broadcast, Commercial, Community/Citizens, Internet Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting
UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity
Preserving the Open Internet/Broadband Industry Practices

Review of net neutrality principles and practices by the US Federal Communications Commission.

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Uses, Physical (cables, wires, spectrum), Internet Non-participatory decision-making process
World Summit on the Information Society and its Follow-ups

The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. A High-Level Summit Organizing Committee (HLSOC) was established under the patronage of the UN Secretary-General to coordinate the efforts in the preparation and holding of WSIS; while the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was assigned...

Access, Inclusion and Participation, Diversity and Pluralism, Governance, Information, Communication and Expression Rights, Uses, Physical (cables, wires, spectrum), State, Broadcast, Logical (code, software, standards), Commercial, Hardware (consumer devices), Telecommunication, Community/Citizens, Internet Participatory policy discussion process/agenda setting