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Additional Details on June 2003 ICANN Meeting to Be Held in Montréal, Canada

ICANN's next round of meetings will be held in 22-26 June 2003 in Montréal, Canada. The meetings are free to attend and open to any interested person. ICANN encourages broad participation in its bottom-up consensus-development process.

Hotel Accommodations

Those seeking hotel accommodations in Montréal are strongly urged to make reservations as soon as possible before the end of May. CIRA, the local host for the June 2003 meeting, has reserved a limited number of rooms at Le Centre Sheraton (the main meeting facility) for ICANN meeting participants. These rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis and may not be held indefinitely. Reservation details for Le Centre Sheraton and additional information on hotel accommodations is available at <>.

Travelers waiting until June to make reservations may find it very difficult to find accommodations in downtown Montreal from 22 to 26 June.

Preliminary Meeting Schedule

The following preliminary schedule for the meeting has been established:

Note: This schedule is out-of-date. For the current schedule, please see the Montreal meetings web page.

Sunday, 22 June 2003

  • Governmental Advisory Committee Meeting (09:30 - 18:00)
    • Discussion with ICANN Board (14:00 - 16:00)

Monday, 23 June 2003

  • ICANN Public Forum, Part 1 (09:00 - 12:00)
  • GNSO Constituency Meetings (various times, 13:00 - 20:00)
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (14:00 - 16:00)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee Meeting (08:30 - 18:00)

Tuesday, 24 June 2003

  • ICANN Public Forum, Part 2 (Whois Workshop) (09:00 - 12:00)
  • GNSO Council Meeting (14:00 - 17:00)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee Meeting (14:00 - 18:00)

Wednesday, 25 June 2003

  • ICANN Public Forum, Part 3 (Whois Workshop) (morning)
  • ICANN Public Forum, Part 4 (afternoon)

Thursday, 26 June 2003

  • ICANN Board meeting (morning)

SARS Travel Update

There are no SARS cases in Montréal and the entire province of Québec. In Canada, SARS cases have only been reported in Vancouver and Toronto. Toronto is about 550 kilometers (350 miles) west of Montreal.

The Province of Québec has taken pre-emptive measures by screening potential victims and quarantining people who might have been in contact with SARS patients. As a result, no cases whatsoever have been confirmed in Montréal or the Province of Québec as of this date.

On 30 April 2003, the World Health Organization lifted its travel advisory to Toronto. On 14 May 2003, the World Health Organization removed Toronto from the list of areas with recent local transmissions.

Additional Information

Additional information relating to the meeting agenda and schedule is available on the ICANN website. The meeting website created by the local host has information about accommodations, the meeting rooms, visa procedures, vaccinations, sponsorship opportunities, and social events.

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