Q: What are the two main issues dominating the discussions?
A: Enhanced Cooperation is seen as a process or mechanism that will assist governments in fulfilling their roles with regard to Internet public policy and related issues. It is understood by particular folks in government and their role in public policy that there is disagreement with regard to how the other stakeholders - namely civil society, the private sector, the academic and technical communities - should participate, either on an equal footing or in a kind of consultation. So there are some wide differences in that regard.
There are also some differences in regard to the need to establish some framework for this. For example, some parties propose some new UN body in the same format as we have the World Health Organization for health or the International Telecommunications Union for telecommunications. Others think that all stakeholders should participate, due to the nature of the Internet, which refers to a very wide range of issues, yet others think this would not be appropriate.
I think these are the two issues of major contention, ones that we will have to concentrate on at some point.
Q: What are the next steps?
A: There's another meeting in May, back-to-back with the annual session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Then, we'll meet again in September or October. After that we will meet again in January or early February next year because our mandate is to prepare recommendations that have to be considered by the UN General Assembly, and for that they need to be considered first by the CSTD and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).