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Announcement | ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host Meetings in 2005 and 2006

ICANN is actively soliciting proposals from organizations seeking to host an ICANN Board of Directors Meeting in 2005 and 2006. In Rome the ICANN Meetings Committee agreed upon the following location and dates:

April 4-8 Latin America
July 11-15 Europe
Dec 5-9 North America

March 27-31 Asia Pacific
June 26-30 Africa
October 30-Nov 3 Latin America

March 26-30 Europe
June 25-29 North America
October 29-Nov 2 Asia Pacific

The deadline for 2005 proposals is 31 May 2004; the deadline for 2006 proposals is 30 June 2004. Proposals for 2007 will be accepted at a later date. The requirements document for hosting a meeting, as well as a sample proposal can be found at <>.

Organizations considering submitting a proposal may submit any questions about the specifications or other aspects of the call for proposals at

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