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ICANN Concludes 22nd Meeting with Major Announcements on AfriNIC, sTLDs & IPv4

8 April 2005

Over 600 delegates from 80 countries gathered in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to participate in ICANN's 22nd International Public Meeting. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global Internet Community consensus-development and outreach efforts. ICANN conducted a series of important workshops on DNS Security, Domain Name Hijacking, the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), and coordinated further discussions on Whois Policy development and Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) implementation.

The week's meeting culminated in the ICANN's Board of Directors public voting and approval of the following items:

  • Full recognition of AfriNIC as the fifth Regional Internet Registry, dedicated to the allocation of numbering resources for the Africa region.
  • The formal adoption of a global policy on IANA Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries developed by the Address Supporting Organisation (ASO) and the Number Resource Organisation (NRO).
  • The designation of two new sponsored Top-Level Domains (sTLDs)- .JOBS & .TRAVEL.
  • Changes to ICANN's bylaws in support of the new Address Supporting Organisation (ASO) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the number of GNSO council representatives.

Present at this meeting were 33 members of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, Internet country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Managers, Business leaders, Registrar and Registry groups, Non Commercial Internet users, Intellectual Property holders and Internet Service Providers from across the region and the world. There were three separate workshop discussions on ICANN's Strategic Plan and a number of regional At-Large meetings with user groups from across Latin America.

Any press enquires should be addressed to Tanzanica King at ICANN on +1 310 301 5804. Any follow-up questions or requests can be sent to press@icann.org.

About ICANN:
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.