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WEBINAR: Briefing on 2nd Draft CCWG-Accountability Proposal

The CCWG-Accountability published its 2nd Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations for 40-day public comment on 3 August 2015. Community feedback is requested on this draft proposal of proposed enhancements to ICANN's accountability framework that the CCWG-Accountability has identified as essential to happen or be committed to before the IANA Stewardship Transition takes place.

Community feedback will help the CCWG-Accountability to improve its proposal and carry on with next steps, including Chartering Organizations' endorsement of the CCWG-Accountability recommendations before it is submitted to the ICANN Board during or shortly after ICANN54 in Dublin in October 2015.

In order to brief the community on the contents of their 2nd Draft Proposal, the CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs hosted two identical briefing webinars on 4 and 7 August at different times to facilitate participation across time zones. To provide the community with an additional opportunity to ask questions, a repeat session will be held on:

  • 25 August from 18:00 – 20:00 UTC (time zone converter here)

The webinar will be conducted in English. Live interpretation services1 are available in Arabic, Chinese2, French, Spanish and Portuguese3.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

The webinars will be run in an Adobe Connect room. If you are interested in attending the webinar and would like to receive dial-in details, please send an email to and indicate your language request (if needed). Live interpretation services are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Please note that the webinar will be recorded and transcribed. Subsequently the transcripts will be posted on the CCWG-Accountability Wiki here.

Further information

For further information about the CCWG-Accountability's work, please see

For further information about the related IANA Stewardship Transition, please see or

1 Livestreaming translation in RU will be unavailable for this call. A translation of the transcript will be provided after the meeting

2 ZH interpretation will be available for the first 90 minutes of the call, thereafter, please join the Virtual Meeting Room and/or English line for the remaining 30 minutes.

3 PT interpretation will be available for the first 90 minutes of the call, thereafter, please join the Virtual Meeting Room and/or English line for the remaining 30 minutes.

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