An evolving Acronym list


CSTD Commision for Science Technology and Development A subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established in 1992 to provide the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council with high-level advice on relevant issues through analysis and appropriate policy recommendations or options in order to enable those organs to guide the future work of the United Nations, develop common policies and agree on appropriate actions.
IGF Internet Governance Forum The most important space where multistakeholder discussions take place, bringing together members of civil society, the technical community and decision makers to debate key issues related to internet governance. We see the IGF as a key advocacy space for women’s rights and sexual rights advocates, as it brings together all actors partaking in the discussion on an equal footing.
IETF Internet Engineering Task Force The goal of the IETF is to make the Internet work better.The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet.
ITU International Telecommunication Union ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide
GAMAG Global Alliance on Media and Gender The Global Alliance for Media and Gender (GAMAG) is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through media.
GEM Gender Evaluation Methodology An evaluation methodology that helps you integrate a gender analysis into the planning and/or evaluations of any social change initiative.
MDG United Nations Millennium Development goals The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development To promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
RIR Regional Internet Registries Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) manage, distribute, and register Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and Autonomous System Numbers) within their respective regions.
BJPFA Beijing Platform for Action The Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment. It aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing all the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.
CSW Commission on the Status of Women The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.It meets annually in the coldest month of the year in New York City.
STEM Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development
SDG’s The Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a proposed set of targets relating to future international development. They are to replace the Millennium Development Goals once they expire at the end of 2015. A main outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals
FLOSS Free/Libre and Open Source Software “Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.When users don’t control the program, we call it a “nonfree” or “proprietary” program. The nonfree program controls the users, and the developer controls the program; this makes the program an instrument of unjust power.
ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976. It commits its parties to respect the civill and political rights  of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.The ICCPR is part of theInternational Bill of Human Rights, along with the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR)
WSIS +10 World Summit on the Information Society The WSIS+10 High-Level Event was an extended version of the WSIS Forum. The Event was held in the ITU Headquarters, Geneva from 10-13 June 2014 (9 June pre-events). It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports of WSIS Stakeholders, including those submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other stakeholders. The event reviewed the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the WSIS Action Lines with the view of developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially including new targets. This process took into account the decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. The event was coordinated by ITU and co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP.
ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit organisation that is responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of several databases of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the internet and ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.Most visibly, much of its work has concerned the Internet’s global Domain Name System including policy development for internationalization of the DNS system, introduction of new generic top level domains (TLDs), and the operation of root name servers. The numbering facilities ICANN manages include the Internet Protocal addressICANN’s primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom up consensus-based processes.
WYSIWYG What you See is What You Get
iPhone I Prefer Hipness Over Network Excellence
GigX Gender and Internet Governance Exchange APC believes that the integration of a gender, women’s rights and sexual rights perspective into internet governance conversations and processes is essential if the internet is to fulfil its transformational potential for all.These exchanges will bring together women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights activists from each region to discuss and build awareness and understanding of the relationship between gender, women’s rights and internet governance. Skills and knowledge acquired during the events will be put into practice immediately afterwards, as participants will go on to participate in the regional IGFs.The Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigX) initiative forms part of APC’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project
HRC United Nations Human Rights Council The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
LOL Lots of Love or Laugh out Loud
Istanbul Convention Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) Based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. Failure to do so would make it the responsibility of the state. The convention leaves no doubt: there can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.
WINDOWS Will Install Needless Data On Whole System
SR Special Rapporteur Special Rapporteur is a title given to individuals working on behalf of various regional and international organizations who bear specific mandates to investigate, monitor and recommend solutions to specific human rights problems. There currently exist: UN Special Rapporteurs (United Nations) e.g Special Rapportuer on Violence against Women, SR on Right to Privacy
CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Violence against Women Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms
NetMundial In the same year that World Wide Web celebrates 25 years, Brazil hosted NETmundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. The meeting was a partnership between the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( and /1Net, a forum that gathers international entities of the various stakeholders involved with Internet governance. This meeting  focused on the elaboration of principles of Internet governance and the proposal for a roadmap for future development of this ecosystem. The goal was to consolidate proposals based on these two topics.
T.W.I.T.T.E.R Things Which I Type That Everyone Reads
SWAG Successful Woman Accepting Greatness


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