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ICANN’s Report on the Five Years of the LAC Strategy Highlight Increased Regional Engagement

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 4 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published "Five Years of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Strategy," [PDF, 6.91 MB] highlighting the milestones achieved by the LAC community.

The LAC region's participation in ICANN processes grew tremendously in the last five years. What started as few stakeholder meetings during ICANN Public Meetings, grew into formalized sessions during those meetings, including the LAC Space and the newly formed LAC Session on PDPs. Similarly, the level of awareness about ICANN improved significantly, due to regional events and outreach efforts that encouraged the participation of new voices in the region.

Contributions from LAC community members opened the path for the creation of initiatives like Centro de Emprendimiento e Internet de América Latina y el Caribe and Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean, and the establishment of LAC regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a result, the vibrant regional community continues to grow and participate in ICANN processes.

The ICANN org LAC team would like to thank all the community members who contributed to the development of the strategy 2013-2017. Learn more about the LAC Strategy for 2018-2020 here [PDF, 1.41 MB].


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