Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) serves as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration at a regional level, and also where possible to aggregate national IGF discussions, ultimately advance the Internet governance development in the Asia Pacific region. In 2010, while the global IGF is already in the fifth and final year of its initial charter, and Regional IGFs have been established in many other regions, including Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, to date, Asia has seen no parallel forum for discussing Internet governance issues at a regional level.
For the first time, the APrIGF is therefore being convened with objectives to raise awareness and encourage participation from relevant stakeholders around the region on Internet governance issues, as well as to foster multi-lateral, multi-stakeholder discussion about issues pertinent to the Internet in Asia. The first APrIGF was convened in Hong Kong SAR, China, with the objectives of raising awareness and encouraging participation from relevant stakeholders around the region on Internet governance issues, as well as fostering multi-lateral, multi-stakeholder discussions about issues pertinent to the Internet in the region. Since APrIGF is a mature forum that has already convened 11 annual events and it’s the 10th annual event of APrIGF was held in the city of Vladivostok, Russia (16-19April 2019), and the 11th annual event was held virtual due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2021 will be held on 27-30 September 2021 in a HYBRID format, combining physical attendance in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at various local hubs, as well as online participation. Internet Governance Institute is the Lead Host and the Internet Society Nepal, Internet Exchange Nepal, and Nepal Internet Foundations are the Hosts of the event and will be supported by APrIGF Secretariat – DotAsia.