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ICANN to Convene North America Regional Registry/Registrar Event

11 April 2012
By Karla Valente

On 17-18 May 2012, ICANN and its gTLD registration services providers will meet in Los Angeles, USA.

These regional events are a chance for ICANN staff and representatives from gTLD registries and ICANN-accredited registrars to meet informally to discuss topics important to our industry and business relationships. These events happen regularly and in different locations around the world. Previous events, for example, took place in Tokyo, Munich, Toronto, and Rome.

Although the event is tailored to regional ICANN-accredited registrars and gTLD registries, others located around the globe that may have a regional or business interest also attend.

The agenda is not final yet, however some of the anticipated agenda items are:

  • New gTLDs update, ICANN Registry and Registrar departments operational readiness
  • Developments in Contractual Compliance
  • IDN Developments
  • GNSO Policy Development
  • Policy updates

The regional event model was introduced in 2006 as an educational opportunity for ICANN and its contracted parties to share information about registry and registrar operations within the domain name industry. The events have largely been focused on the policies and procedures registration service providers are obligated to implement and enforce as a result of either their contract with ICANN or with one another.

These regional events are distinguished from the regular international ICANN meetings in that they are not structured, for example, to influence policy development. If you are interested in the policy development and a broader interaction with ICANN stakeholders, please join the upcoming ICANN Meeting in Prague in June this year.

All presentation materials will be published on the ICANN website after the event.

The space to attend this event is limited and interested registrars and registries are asked to pre-register. Others parties who may be interested in becoming an ICANN-accredited registrar or gTLD registry and wish to attend as observers should contact regionalevents@icann.org for further details.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!


Karla Valente