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Revisions to Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

LOS ANGELES – 23 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is announcing changes to the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Read the report and revised dates: [PDF, 388 KB].

On 21 August, ICANN posted initial proposed dates for Public Comment: After reviewing the comments received to date, ICANN has revised the dates for five of the nine ICANN Public Meetings to be held from 2021 to 2023.

The Public Comment period has been extended 10 days following the posting of the report to give the community an opportunity to comment on the revised dates. The new close date for the Public Comment period is 2 November 2017.

The final step will be for the ICANN organization to announce and publish the official dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2021, 2022, and 2023.


In choosing meeting dates, ICANN takes care to avoid conflicts with global, national, and religious holidays and other community events. The dates are posted for Public Comment to give the community an opportunity to review the proposed dates and bring any concerns or potential conflicts to our attention before we post the official meeting dates.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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