The Internet

6th - 9th

Palace of Culture
and Communication (PALCCO),
Zapopan, Jalisco, México.

Guadalajara Metropolitan Area

IGF 2016

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder space that facilitates the discussion and dialogue of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. The IGF was convened in 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly.

With the renewal of its mandate by United Nations in December 2015, the IGF consolidates itself as a platform to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals. While there’s no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other.

The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise. The IGF is also a space that gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and to facilitate their participation in existing institutions and arrangements. Ultimately, the involvement of all stakeholders, from developed as well as developing countries, is necessary for the future development of the Internet.

Join as volunteer

If you are a college student...
If you want to be part of an international event…...
If you feel impassioned by Internet and innovation topics...

The IGF2016 Guadalajara week has a spot for you as a volunteer!

Requirements to be an hospitality ambassador of Mexico for the international attendees:

  • To speak French and/or English
  • Good attitude and professionalism
  • Respect, care and genuine interest for helping each of the IGF guests.
  • Although this is a voluntary activity, the engagement is professional.
  • To be punctual.
  • To be trustworthy

The "IGF2016 Volunteer Program" is possible thanks to the Universidad de Guadalajara support.

Host country-led day zero activities

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Introduction to the IGF: Lynn St.Amour, Chair, IGF MAG
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Keynote presentation: Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • 11:00 – 11:25 Presentation: Alejandra Lagunes, National Digital Strategy Coordinator, Office of the President, Mexico
  • 11:25 – 11:35 Break
  • 11:35 – 12:00 Presentation: Kathy Brown, President and CEO, Internet Society
  • 12:00 – 12:25 Presentation: Aristóteles Sandoval, Governor of the State of Jalisco
  • 12:25 – 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 – 18:00 High Level Meeting


Zapopan, Jalisco

The Guadalajara Metropolitan Area is a cultural center of Mexico, considered by most to be the home of mariachi music and host to a number of large-scale cultural events such as Guadalajara’s International Film Festival, Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, and globally renowned cultural events which draw international crowds.

This zone is the second largest metropolitan area in Mexico and second most inhabited metropolitan area in the country.

Palace of Culture and Communication (PALCCO)

It is one of the largest cultural venues in the world. PALCCO is located in Zapopan, in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area.

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& Beyond

Information regarding accommodation, visa, flights, tourism will be updated regularly.

It is recommended to have travel insurance and medical expenses covering your stay in the country.

* In order to facilitate your stay, it is recommended to reserve your acommodation at your earliest convenience, because it´s high season

International Airport Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

  • 16 km from Downtown Guadalajara.
  • 3rd most occupied airport in Mexico (after Mexico City and Cancun).
  • 2 terminals.
  • Direct flights coming from Mexico, Central America and the United States.

Guadalajara Metropolitan Area

Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination. This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, but also one of the country’s industrial and business centers, sometimes referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley. Unlike many colonial cities that maintain their original town plan, in the 1950s Guadalajara underwent a major project that changed the face of the city. Older buildings were razed to allow for wide avenues with new constructions, underground parking lots and shopping centers. Fortunately, the most beautiful older buildings were left intact.

A stroll through Guadalajara will give you an appreciation for the green spaces and public art in the city’s many parks and plazas. At the heart of Guadalajara is the cathedral. With its twin pointed towers and central dome, it is the most recognizable landmark on the Guadalajara skyline. The Cathedral is surrounded on all four sides by plazas. Plaza Guadalajara faces the church. Its central fountain depicts two lions with their paws resting on the trunk of a tree, the city's coat of arms. To the south is the Plaza de Armas with its art nouveau bandstand and matching lampposts. The adjacent Government Palace has a lovely baroque facade and a spectacular mural in the interior main staircase, which was painted by Jose Clemente Orozco. To the north of the Cathedral is the Rotondo de los Jaliscienses Ilustres. This green space has a central circular monument with seventeen ribbed columns; the statues surrounding it represent Jalisco's illustrious sons (and one daughter), people from Jalisco who have made notable contributions in arts, science and politics.

Behind the Cathedral is the large Plaza de la Liberacion, so named to commemorate Miguel Hidalgo’s abolishment of slavery. A statue of Miguel Hidalgo holding a broken chain commemorates the event. The Teatro Degollado is at the far east end of the plaza. Guadalajara's Ballet Folclorico performs here in this beautiful neoclassical building dating to 1856. Walk around to the back of the theater to see a fountain depicting the Guadalajara city founders. The Plaza Tapatio begins here and stretches over half a mile to the Hospicio Cabanas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Depending on your nationality and the bilateral agreements between Mexico and your country of citizenship, a visa may be required to enter Mexico.

Some people may require a visa to enter Mexico. If you hold a diplomatic, official or service passport, you can verify the list of countries here. If you hold an ordinary passport, you can verify the list here.

Travelers are advised to check the necessary requirements to obtain a visa in advanced, as the entire process may take some days.

Please contact Embassy or Consulate .

In the oficial hotels of IGF will be free transportation to PALCCO.


IGF 2016 Online registrations for delegates is closed.

Onsite registrations will open in front of PALCCO (you can find the registation desk at Trompo Magico's parking), Jalisco, Mexico, From December 3rd and 4th at 8:00hrs. to 17.00hrs; December 6th, 8th at 8:00hrs. to 18:00hrs. and December 9th at 8:00hrs. to 13:00hrs.

Online participants can register at any moment.

See the invitation from UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Wu Hongbo.

For any registration-related questions, please contact the IGF Secretariat at

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