Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

Draft ICANN FY25 Plans

CategoryOperations
RequestersICANN org
ICANN org Contact(s)planning@icann.org

What We Received Input On

ICANN seeks community feedback on the following drafts.

The Draft ICANN FY25–29 Operating and Financial Plan: This five-year operating and financial plan is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans but is meant to complement them by providing a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission in the public interest over the next five years.

The Draft ICANN FY25 Operating Plan and Draft ICANN FY25 Budget: This annual operating plan and budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in Fiscal Year 2025 and the anticipated funding sources and levels.

The Draft IANA FY25 Operating Plan and Budget: This annual operating plan and budget is specific to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and includes the work conducted by the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) contract oversight, plus the plans and costs for overseeing and enabling performance of the IANA functions by ICANN. Because the annual IANA Operating Plan and Budget comprises the full Draft PTI Operating Plan and Budget, it is helpful to review both documents during the Public Comment process. Please note that there are currently two separate public comments proceedings running. This proceeding includes drafts of the ICANN FY25-29 Operating & Financial Plan, the ICANN FY25 Operating Plan & Budget, and the IANA FY25 Operating Plan and Budget to be presented to the ICANN Board. The second proceeding exclusively covers the Draft PTI FY25 Operating Plan and Budget.

Proposals For Your Input
Draft ICANN FY25 Budget
Draft ICANN FY25-29 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft ICANN FY25 Operating Plan
Draft IANA FY25 Operating Plan and Budget
Highlights of the Draft ICANN FY25-29 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft ICANN FY25 Operating Plan & Budget

Background

ICANN's overall planning process has three components:

  1. Five-Year Strategic Plan
    Designed to shape ICANN's priorities, the Five-Year Strategic Plan establishes a vision and a set of strategic objectives and goals in service of ICANN's Mission. The Strategic Plan enables ICANN to continue to fulfill its Mission and meet new and continuously evolving challenges and opportunities. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.5 requires the preparation and adoption of a Strategic Plan every five years. The current Five-Year Strategic Plan covers fiscal years 2021 through 2025.
  2. Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan
    The Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan articulates the feasibility and timing of services, activities, and milestones identified to achieve the Strategic Plan's objectives and goals. It is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of the Strategic Plan to carry out ICANN’s Mission in the public interest over the next five years. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.5 requires the preparation and adoption of a Five-Year Operating Plan at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  3. Annual Operating Plan and Budget
    Informed by the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan, the Annual Operating Plan and Budget further clarifies specific activities and resources for the upcoming year. The Annual Operating Plan and Budget sets forth the focus of efforts and organizational commitments for the current fiscal year. ICANN's Annual Operating Plan and Budget includes the IANA and PTI Annual Operating Plan and Budget. ICANN's Bylaws, Article 22, section 22.4 require the preparation and adoption of an Annual Operating Plan and Budget prior to the commencement of each fiscal year.

Input from ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, constituency groups, other stakeholders, Board of Directors, and ICANN organization is key to the development of these plans, in keeping with ICANN's multistakeholder model.

ICANN developed the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2025–2029 and One-Year Operating Plan and Budget for Fiscal Year 2025 by utilizing a forward-looking methodology for funding that incorporates “base” scenario funding projections. This methodology strives to identify predictions about future funding conditions while utilizing a set of base assumptions that are expected to result in a realistic outcome.

ICANN’s Operating Plan includes Operating Initiatives, which are key activities to achieve the Strategic Plan, and Functional Activities, which support the processes and mechanisms that permit the community to complete its work. Some Operating Initiatives in the Operating Plan incorporate multi-year goals outlined in the blog titled “ICANN Interim President and CEO Shares Goals for Fiscal Year 2024,” and these goals will be noted where applicable. The Operating Initiatives and Functional Activities provide what can be considered ICANN org’s statement of intention, outlining planned activities while acknowledging the challenges and dependencies that could impact ultimate delivery.

The ICANN organization deeply values the ongoing involvement of the community, both individual members and organizations, in the annual planning process. Community participation is fundamental to ICANN's public accountability, and we recognize the significant time and attention it demands. We look forward to advancing many important initiatives in FY25.

Next Steps

During This Public Comment Period:

  1. Community members seeking clarification on any details in the Draft FY25 ICANN Plans should submit questions to planning@icann.org by Tuesday, 16 January 2024.
  2. ICANN org will endeavor to provide responses to clarifying questions by Monday, 29 January 2024, approximately two weeks before this Public Comment period ends.

After This Public Comment Period:

  1. ICANN org will hold sessions with the ICANN Board and community during ICANN79 regarding these draft plans.
  2. ICANN org will analyze the received Public Comments, prepare a report of the Public Comments, and publish the report by Tuesday, 2 April 2024.
  3. Where appropriate, changes will be made to the draft plans, and the revised draft plans will be presented to the ICANN Board for consideration in May 2024. Once adopted by the Board, the plans will go through the Empowered Community period for consideration, which is a minimum of 28 days prior to the start of fiscal year 2025.