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Marhaba, Bienvenue, and Welcome to Marrakech!

23 June 2019

We are honored to welcome the global ICANN community to Marrakech, Morocco, for ICANN65. The ambitious Policy Forum agenda, featuring outreach and cross-community sessions, was developed by ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. A few important policy topics to be discussed include: the next round of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), next steps for the Interim Registration Policy for gTLDs, and ICANN’s next five-year Strategic Plan.

ICANN65 will be the twelfth ICANN Public Meeting held in Africa, and the third one in Marrakech, Morocco. We are grateful to our local hosts from Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency for their partnership. Capacity development is especially important in the African region and is a key priority for ICANN. Africa is a continent of great digital potential and, by hosting ICANN Public Meetings in the region, we hope to expand opportunities for our regional community to participate in policy development. If you are new to the policy development process, I encourage you to explore the Developing Policy at ICANN webpage, which features essential details about the crucial role ICANN plays coordinating policy in the Internet ecosystem. The information is available in all six U.N. languages. We need your participation to help us set new and ambitious goals on both global and local levels.

We welcome and support new voices in the ICANN community. The diversity of our community is crucial to strengthening policy development and is what makes vibrant and multicultural Marrakech a fitting host.

I look forward to seeing you all at ICANN65!


Sagbo Pierre Dandjinou

Sagbo Pierre Dandjinou

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa