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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the Q1 call on 20 November 2014

ICANN announced at its Los Angeles meeting a new, regular, Quarterly Stakeholder report and call to share its progress against its strategic and operating plans.

The FY15 Q1 call covering the Quarter ending 30 September will be held on 20 November 14:00-15:30 UTC and is open to anyone, including press.

IMPORTANT: How to join the 20 November call

Please click here to register your interest and to receive the joining instructions for the 20 November call.

Agenda

10 min President's Overview
10 min Policy Update
10 min Policy Implementation
10 min Operations Update
5 min Finance Update
30 min Q&A

More information

In an effort to create a "one-stop-shop" for quarterly reporting at ICANN, supplementary information and reports such as Annual Reports, Newcomers guides and other resources will be consolidated and shared on this new reporting web page in advance of each call.

Questions regarding the call should be sent to: icann.communications@icann.org.


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