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A Look Ahead to ICANN61 in Puerto Rico

2 November 2017

Christopher MondiniChristopher Mondini, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Europe

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skyline of San Juan, Puerto Rico

ICANN60 has been a successful and productive meeting by all accounts. As many of you know, this was our Annual General Meeting – it is our longest meeting of the year and focuses on outreach and engagement, in addition to the development of policy that is the hallmark of every ICANN meeting. 

As we say goodbye to Abu Dhabi, we turn our eyes to ICANN61, which will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10–15 March 2018. This marks the first time since 2014 that an ICANN meeting is hosted in the North American region, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone.

Under the ICANN Meeting Strategy, the San Juan meeting is classified as a Community Forum. This is a six-day meeting that will feature several dedicated time slots to “intra” and “inter” community work. The format of this meeting is conducive to what we might call “inreach.” It is truly a chance for the ICANN community to come together and share another their goals and aspirations, as well as some of the challenges they are encountering as they strive to ensure a secure, stable, and interoperable Internet for all.

There is much work to be done at ICANN61, but we hope you also find time to explore all that Puerto Rico has to offer in terms of scenery, culture, and community. In the wake of the recent hurricane season, the island remains resilient and determined to bounce back. Recovery efforts over the past months have demonstrated the profound strength and solidarity that run deep in the island’s cultural roots. Discovered by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in 1493, Puerto Rico is now home to roughly 3.5 million people, boasting a lively culture and strong community ties. Although many think of it as just one island, Puerto Rico is an archipelago encompassing more than 143 islands. It has more than 270 miles of beaches, some of the best in the Caribbean! We hope you take time to enjoy all that this beautiful land and vibrant culture have to offer.

We look forward to seeing all of you at ICANN61 for what is sure to be another engaging, productive (and fun) meeting.

See you in San Juan!

Christopher Mondini
Christopher Mondini
Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Europe

Christopher Mondini

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