Strengthening LAC Community Involvement in ICANN's Policy Development Work

2 March 2018
By Rodrigo De La ParraRodrigo De La Parra

The ICANN62 Policy Forum meeting in Panama City in June 2018, presents an opportunity to strengthen the involvement of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) community members in ICANN's policy and outreach activities.

We will build on the success of the first Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot at ICANN59 in Johannesburg and select 15 individuals from the LAC region to participate at ICANN62 as part of the pilot.

Many of you may be aware that the Fellowship Program is only open to alumni for the Policy Forum; newcomers are not eligible due to the nature and focus of the meeting on policy development.

To complement this, the Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot furthers regional engagement by bringing newcomers from the region in which the meeting is taking place.

Those selected to participate will be integrated with the rest of ICANN Fellows for the duration of the meeting and bring a wealth of experience and diversity. The 15 slots will count against the total number of annual ICANN Fellowship Program slots.

Application and selection processes are carried out by ICANN's regional Global Stakeholder Engagement team.

In selecting participants for the Panama meeting, we focused our efforts on maintaining stakeholder group balance. Candidates are from the naming and number communities, contracted parties, private sector and civil society. We worked closely with and sought advice from regional organizations such LACNIC, LACTLD, LACRALO, NPOC and NCUC to achive our objective.

Selection criteria included:

  1. Be a newcomer (never attended an ICANN meeting in the past)
  2. Be a national from a country in the LAC region
  3. Be currently involved or have demonstrated potential to contribute to ICANN´s policy work

Although the names of successful applicants will be published soon, we are happy to share information related to gender and geographic diversity, as follows:


  • 8 female
  • 7 male

Countries: 11 total

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

We look forward to working closely with the selectees and colleagues from the region to ensure program participants maximize on this opportunity to participate at the Policy Forum in Panama.


Rodrigo De La Parra

Rodrigo De La Parra

VP, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director - Latin America and Caribbean
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