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Looking Ahead to ICANN63 in Barcelona

27 June 2018
By Jean-Jacques Sahel


I'd like to thank everyone in the ICANN community who made ICANN62 a success. Policy Forums give stakeholders in our Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees the important opportunity to work closer together for four intensive days of policy work and outreach.

From 20–25 October, we return to Europe to the wonderful city of Barcelona for the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting. This year's meeting is particularly important, as the first two days will coincide with the High-Level Government Meeting (HLGM) hosted by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

The HLGM is held every two years in addition to the usual GAC meetings. Barcelona will be the fourth HLGM – previous meetings were held in Toronto (2012), London (2014), and Marrakech (2016). HLGMs reinforce the critical role that governments play in providing advice to the ICANN Board on public policy relating to the secure and stable functioning of the Domain Name System. They also give participants an opportunity to discuss at a very senior level the current public policy issues and challenges at ICANN.

I look forward to welcoming both the local Spanish and international communities to Barcelona for ICANN63. An incomparable and must-see city, Barcelona is a major business hub with unforgettable structures and art everywhere you look.

I looking forward to seeing you there!


Jean-Jacques Sahel