ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members

15 February 2018

SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Underserved Regions Working Group, announced today the first capacity-development workshop for Asia GAC members and representatives, to be held from 24–25 February 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the support of Nepal's Department of Information Technology.

Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal, will give the opening remarks. Almost 20 government representatives from 11 economies in Asia will attend the workshop.

In rapidly developing Asia, expected home to the next billion Internet users, challenges remain in ensuring adequate and secure Internet access. Barriers to participation in ICANN include a lack of human resources and knowledge about the Domain Name System (DNS).

The workshop, which aims to address these challenges, will feature key ICANN policy topics and the relevant GAC and cross-community working groups. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the ICANN ecosystem
  • Understanding the Internet: names, numbers, protocol parameters
  • Security, stability, and resiliency (SSR) of unique Internet identifiers
  • ICANN policy development process

Speakers from regional Internet organizations will introduce their ongoing work in the Asia Pacific region as part of the Internet ecosystem. Workshop participants will discuss effective ways to participate and contribute to ICANN discussions. Additionally, the workshop will seek feedback from Asia GAC representatives on how best to support their work and increase their presence in the region and in ICANN.

The full workshop agenda can be found here [PDF, 415 KB].


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.