UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday appointed 10 high-level and eminent persons to serve on his inaugural Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel.

“In line with the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum and as recommended in the secretary-general’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, the secretary-general has established the panel as a strategic, empowered, and multi-stakeholder body to support and strengthen the Internet Governance Forum,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN chief, told the regular press briefing. According to a press release, the 10 distinguished members of the panel have been appointed following an open call for nominations, and in line with an equitably distributed, multistakeholder configuration of ministerial-level government representatives, executive-level representatives of the private sector, civil society and the technical community, as well as “at-large” prominent persons in the field of digital policy.

The newly appointed members are from all regions of the world and will serve a two-year term during the 2022-2023 IGF cycles. One of them is Lan Xue from China. The IGF is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society that took place in 2005. In the Tunis Agenda, governments asked the secretary-general to convene a “new forum for policy dialogue” to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance. The mandate of the forum was extended for another 10 years in December 2015, during the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes. The 17th edition of the forum will take place from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2022, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.