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ICANN Board Launches Strategic Planning Process for the Next Five Years

11 September 2023

I am pleased to announce the strategic planning process for fiscal years 2026 to 2030 has begun. The Board Strategic Planning Committee (BSPC) leads the strategic planning process on behalf of the Board, and ICANN org works closely with the BSPC and the Board to support this work. The outcome of this process will be a new five-year strategic plan.

This is the beginning of an exciting phase for ICANN. This new plan is not only required by ICANN's Bylaws, it also represents a significant step in shaping ICANN's path to a successful future, and strengthening the multistakeholder model to ensure the secure, stable, and resilient operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.

A well-defined strategy is essential to effectively identify and navigate the challenges that may come our way, and capitalize on opportunities. Strategic planning isn't simply about goal-setting, it's also about involving all relevant stakeholders and creating a roadmap that guides us toward our mission together.

The strategic planning process will begin with a series of environmental scan sessions starting in September. These sessions allow us to build a comprehensive overview of where we are today, and how our environment will impact the next five years of our journey.

Through the process, we will analyze our strengths and weaknesses, evaluate opportunities, and anticipate threats. The participation of the ICANN community, Board and organization, as well as others in the Internet ecosystem, is critical. The best strategies are born from diverse minds, and therefore our goal is to ensure we involve a variety of voices and perspectives from within and beyond the ICANN's multistakeholder community.

We invite you to join an informational webinar on 21 September 16:00 UTC. The webinar will include an overview of the strategic planning approach, process, timeline, and how to participate. Please register here for the webinar.

We are excited and looking forward to the collaboration.


Xavier Calvez

Xavier Calvez

SVP, Planning & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)