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Consultation on Proposals to Reform ICANN Meetings

9 June 2008

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At its meeting on May 29, 2008 the Board agreed to the release of a paper on the reform of ICANN meetings that has been prepared by staff.

The paper [العربية | 中文] asks the community to consider changes to the number of meetings that ICANN holds and the location.

To allow for better planning and economy, the paper asks the community to consider that the number of meetings be reduced from three to two per year. It is proposed that this change would commence from 2010.

The paper also proposes that one of the two meetings be held in locations that are transport hubs. The locations would need to be the subject of a separate consultation, but would be rotated through the existing ICANN predetermined regions.

There has not been substantive change to meetings processes or the frequency of the meetings since the organization's inception. The purpose of this paper is to encourage debate on any matters to do with meetings that the community may wish to raise, but to especially consider issues concerning the frequency of meetings and their location.

ICANN welcomes comments from the community on the matters raised in this paper and any other comments that relate to the operation of meetings.

In addition to on-line forums, consultations will also be held at the Paris meeting directly with Committees and Councils and there will also be the opportunity to comment via the public forum.