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Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking community input on its draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget. Tomorrow, 14 January, is the last opportunity to attend an informational webinar that offers an overview of the draft plans to aid in understanding and participation.

To participate, simply click on the link below at the time of the webinar.

The webinars are recorded and links will be published on the Community Finance Wiki.

The draft Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. It is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, it is intended to complement them through a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission over the next five years. The draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY21, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. Click here for more information on how to share your feedback.

About ICANN

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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