Every year, ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team produces a report on the progress made towards the North America Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. Today, I'm excited to release our latest year-end report. The report, which covers all of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, is showing that engagement in North America continues to expand in a number of important areas.
Since our last update, we've attended 29 events with various stakeholder groups across the region. We continue to hold our ICANN meeting "read-out" sessions, with seven read-out sessions taking place in FY19 alone. Going forward, we will look at how these read-out sessions can be streamlined and improved to better serve the community's needs.
We are also proud to report that in FY19, we welcomed eight ICANN Fellows from North America into the community. The addition of these new fellows supports our strategic objective of supporting enhanced mentorship and onboarding. ICANN Learn continued to be an invaluable platform for stakeholder engagement, with more than 3,000 courses taken in FY19. That number will be sure to grow as the ICANN org makes further efforts to strengthen and expand the platform and its resources.
Our engagement and reach keeps growing through our communications efforts. We added 400 new subscribers to our newsletter since our last update, and maintained a robust 30% open rate.
Speaking of improvements, the ICANN org is updating a number of software tools to enable accurate and real-time counting of the number of North America stakeholders who join working groups, policy development processes, and/or review teams. These figures will be reported in future updates, so stay tuned!
As a reminder, the current North America Stakeholder Engagement Strategy also covers FY20, which promises to be a big year as we gear up for ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada. We are planning on beginning the development of the FY21-22 Strategy in the spring of next year, but welcome your feedback at any time. Would you like to participate in building the next iteration of the engagement strategy? If you are a North America-based stakeholder, we want to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.