UN New Media PeaceeverTV Comprehensive report: 2019 Internet Governance Forum held from 25 to 29 November in Berlin, Germany, the Internet Governance Forum  was bringing together more than 6,000 onsite and remote participants from over 168 countries, making it the largest and most geographically diverse Forum. Representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical community, and international organizations, gathered under the umbrella theme of ‘One World. One Net. One Vision’ to discuss ways to elevate global cooperation and how to build a safe, stable and secure internet.
 
  UN Secretary-General Guterres speaks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany
 
Calling for collective responsibility to face the challenges of nefarious use of digital technology, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told  the fourteenth Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany, that the growing frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are undermining trust and encouraging States to adopt offensive postures for the hostile use of cyberspace.
“The potential dangers of this demand a much more vigorous collective response,” he said.  “We have a collective responsibility to give direction to these technologies so that we maximize benefits and curtail unintended consequences and malicious use, and so far we have not kept pace,” he said, reiterating that the Internet can be a powerful source for good.
 
  2019 Internet Governance Forum held from 25 to 29 November at Berlin, Germany
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  UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin  taking pictures (right), left is German Chancellor Angela Merkel
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said multilateralism was the basic principle for any further development of new technologies.  “We all need to preserve the core of the Internet as a global public good, and this will only be possible if we rethink the structures of this governance of the Internet”. She further stressed that the Internet cannot be shaped only by states and governments alone, because of its impact on people’s everyday life.
  UN Secretary-General Guterres speaks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany
 
 
Evoking the fall of the Berlin Wall thirty years ago, the Secretary-General drew parallels on how we today are creating virtual walls on the internet to separate people, cautioning against a growing and profound digital, social and political divide. He further stressed the polarizing effects that can drive people against each other simply by data manipulation that increasingly undermine trust and which demands a much more vigorous global response.
 
  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Deputy Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin laugh it out at the humorous speech of Secretary-General Guterres
 
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin said, “The future governance of the Internet should be one that takes care of multi-stakeholder concerns, that safeguards global Internet connectivity and cybersecurity, that facilitates sustainable development of all countries, and accelerates human progress.”
 
   UN Secretary-General Guterres speaks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany
  2019 Internet Governance Forum held at Berlin, Germany
 
With 3.6 billion people in the world without affordable Internet access, and with more than 80 per cent of the population among the world’s 47 least developed countries being offline where the Internet could have a truly transformative impact in their lives, inequalities were a big topic of discussion at the Forum. The Secretary-General stated that connecting all the world’s people by 2030 must be our shared priority, not only for sustainable development but for gender equality, citing that only 2 per cent of women in Latin America and the Caribbean and in East Asia and the Pacific owned a mobile phone with Internet access.
 
Mr. Guterres recommended ways to elevate the Internet Governance Forum as the foremost global platform where actors could meet to discuss how to address these global challenges: taking up the recommendations from the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and announcing that he would soon appoint a technological envoy to work with governments, industry, and civil society to help advance international frameworks.
 
  2019 Internet Governance Forum held  at Berlin, Germany