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A Letter From The President

April 21, 2014                       Volume 2 No. 28
In the centre of Netmundial
This week, the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil would play host to hundreds of delegates from around the world for the Global High-level Multistakeholder Committee also known as NETmundial; a global mutlistakholder meeting on the future of the Internet Governance, gathering at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, between Tuesday, 22 and Thursday 24, April 2014.
This meeting will focus on the elaboration of principles of Internet governance and the proposal for a roadmap for future development of this ecosystem. The goal is to consolidate proposals based on these two topics. NETmundial represents the beginning of a process for the construction of such policies in the global context, following a model of participatory plurality, according to the organizers.
With the goal of bringing together representatives of civil society, private sector, academia and technical community to establish strategic guidelines related to the use and development of the Internet in the world.
 NETmundial was concept into committee’s format, each one with representatives of the involved stakeholders, distinguished experts, aiming to give guidelines and organize the meeting.
NIRA is among the many organsations that made 188 contributions from 46 countries to the Committee on the future of the Internet governance and roadmap to the development of the internet ecosystem. The major agenda include Mundial Goal setting, Principles and Roadmap ‘Beyond NETmundial’.
There will be a public consultation session with stakeholders about the transition of stewardship role of the United States Government (USG) over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, soon after the closing session will begin.
Nigeria will be represented by individuals from public and private sectors including civil society. We shall keep our community updated by next edition.
Back home, Nigeria will be preparing for the hosting of Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) to be held in Abuja, July-10-12, 2014
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
News!  News!!  News!!!
NIRA holds 6th AGM, April 30

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has concluded plans to hold its sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, April 30, this year, at the Function Room, The Musoon Centre, 8/9 Marina, Onikan, Lagos by 10am.

Agenda slated for the AGM includes, receiving of the annual report and financial statement for the year ended January 1 to December 31, 2013, together with the auditor's report.

Also, the AGM is to receive a business plan and budget for the period of the current financial year; January 1 to December 31, 2014.

According to the order of the board dated April 7, 2014 the meeting would in addition consider such other business that any other member properly brings before the meeting.

It will be recalled that in the preceding financial year, a lot happened within the NIRA family and much of this will be shared with additional insight.

Further, this would be the first AGM to be witnessed by Deacon Chima Onyekwere’s leadership since he mounted the saddle as chairman of the Board of Trustee (BoT) sometime last year.
Netmundial: Nnenna to speak for civil society

Nigerian-born Information and Communication Technology (ICT) advisor and Free and Open Source Software advocate, Ms Nnenna Nwakanma is to keynote at the forthcoming NetMundial being hosted by the government of Brazil.
Nwakanma affirmed this development, saying she received an invitation from the chairman of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance 2014, tagged ‘NetMundial,’ Professor Virgílio Fernandes Almeida to keynote on behalf of the Civil Societies.
It was also gathered that Nnenna has been slated to speak at the opening ceremony where heads of government over 23 countries have confirmed attendance including a delegation from the Nigerian government led by the Federal Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.
Nnenna, known for her ‘Africaness,’ frankness and human rights activism is expected to address the gathering for some eight minutes.
 “I have replied to say ‘I will be speaking from the civil society perspective, which is my stakeholder group,’" she declared, expressing optimism things would go as planned.
Upcoming events
Call for Nominations – AFRINIC Board Seats 3, 4 and 8
 According to Section 13 of the AFRINIC by-laws, 2 Board seats will be up for renewal in June 2014. In application of the new by-laws, the second seat of the two non-regional Directors (Seat 8) will also need to be filled.

eWorld forum
17, 2014

Cyber Nigeria forum - Lagos, May 18, 2014, 
Banquet Hall, Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Ikeja

Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum
Lagos, June 5-6, 2014,

NIGF: June 9-10 2014

ICANN 50, London June 22-26 2014

 Africa DNS Forum 2014, 
Nicon Luxury, Abuja July 7-9
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