Greetings from the Global IGF and Government of Canada

Tuesday November 24: 1:15 – 1:25 PM

Anriette Esterhuysen , Global IGF
Paul Charlton, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Anriette Esterhuysen

Anriette Esterhuysen
Ms. Esterhuysen currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She was the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) – the largest ICT-focused civil society network in the world – from 2000 to 2016. She continues to work with APC as a consultant and convenes the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) a joint initiative of APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa.

Ms. Esterhuysen has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s African Information Society Initiative (1996-1999), the United Nations ICT Task Force (2002-2005), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Working Group on Financing Mechanisms (2003-2005), the Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements (2011-2012) and on Enhanced Cooperation (2017-2018), the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the IGF (2012-2014). She was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as a Global Connecter in 2013.

The Canadian IGF is a national initiative of the global United-Nations-convened Internet Governance Forum, which holds annual meetings at different locations around the world. 

Paul Charlton
Paul Charlton is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications and Internet Policy Branch of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ISED), where his focus is on international telecommunications and Internet policy issues. He is also works on issues relating to the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), particularly those involving Internet public policy and implementation of WSIS outcomes. In addition, he has worked on Internet-related issues that arise in the context of the G7, G20 and OECD. In January, 2019 he began a three-year term as government of Canada representative on Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG), which advises the United Nations Secretary-General on the programme and schedule of the annual IGF meetings. 

He has attended several past IGF meetings as part of the Government of Canada delegation. Prior to joining ISED Mr. Charlton was a Foreign Service Officer, with postings at the Canadian Embassies in  Washington and Berlin, and at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva‎. While in Geneva he covered the ITU, as well as Internet and cybersecurity-related issues arising in other fora such as the UN Human Rights Council. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.