A meeting of the UN’s technology commission earlier today descended into confusion when the United States blocked efforts to renew a working group set up to review changes to the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group (CSTDWG) was due to formally report to the CSTD at its week-long session in Geneva this week.
However, after what the CSTDWG’s chair called "a significant divergence of views among Member States on a number of concrete proposals", the group provided only a summary of its process and a request for additional time.
That request picked up a significant degree of support during a panel discussion prior to lunch, and continued to win support in open discussions after lunch. All non-governmental representatives had previously expressed their support for an extension to the CSTDWG in letters to the CTSD, and several representatives put up an impassioned defense for giving the group more time to reach conclusions.