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Public Comment Requested on Draft 2010-2013 Strategic Plan

As the next element of consultation on the Strategic Plan, ICANN invites comments from the community on a first draft of the plan based on material presented to the community at the Seoul meeting. In particular, we are seeking the views of the community on the following issues:

  1. What should be the three to five year high level strategic objectives for each of the four areas of work?
  2. What would be the specific metrics for each of the four areas of work?

The comment period will close on 21 January 2010. The draft plan will be revised based on the comments received and the responses to the community survey posted earlier this month. A final version of the Strategic Plan will be submitted to the Board for approval at their February meeting.

Please go to http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201001.htm#strat-plan-2010 in order to participate and share your comments on the draft Strategic Plan for 2010-2013.

Links:

Draft Strategic Plan 2010-2013 [PDF, 209K]


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