IGP Partners John Mathiason and Derrick Cogburn will serve in a high-level Panel of Advisors, providing policy and expert advice to the Steering Committee and Strategy Council of the UN's newly created Global Alliance for ICT and Development. The Strategy Council consists of 60 members representing governments and non-governmental stakeholders and will identify priorities and themes to be addressed. The mission of the Global Alliance is to facilitate and promote integration of ICTs into development activities by providing a platform for open, inclusive, multi-stakeholder cross-sectoral policy dialogue, thereby linking the outcomes of the WSIS with the broader United Nations development agenda.