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ICANN's Draft Vision, Mission & Focus Areas for a Five-Year Strategic Plan

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 29 October 2013
  • Strategic Planning
  • Planning
  • Strategy
  • Operating Plan
Purpose (Brief):

In line with ICANN's commitment to the multi-stakeholder model, a working draft – ICANN's Draft Vision, Mission & Focus Areas for a Five-Year Strategic Plan [PDF, 313 KB] – is provided for community discussion and public comment. It proposes a new Vision, reiterates ICANN's existing Mission, and describes five proposed Focus Areas with goals. At this stage of development, ICANN is seeking general feedback, as well as input on measurable outcomes for Focus Area Goals. Your responses will help inform additional aspects that are not yet included, but will be elements of ICANN's final strategic and/or operating plans and budget.

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