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Call for Expressions of Interest to Host ICANN Meetings in 2019 and 2020

ICANN is actively seeking hosts for its public meetings to be held in 2019 and 2020 in Europe, Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, North America and Latin America/Caribbean. Those in the geographic regions are invited to submit expressions of interest for specific locations to hold the events. These recommended venues, along with others in the region that meet the selection criteria, will be considered. The final location for the ICANN Meetings will then be selected through the evaluation of both community- recommended and ICANN-identified locations.

Meetings in 2019 and 2020 will follow the new ICANN Meeting Strategy approved by the Board in 2014. The new strategy includes a unique format for each meeting throughout the year, defined as Meeting A, Meeting B and Meeting C.

Interested parties are encouraged to review the Meeting Selection Criteria and space requirements for Meeting A [PDF, 365 KB], Meeting B [PDF, 311 KB] and Meeting C [PDF, 363 KB], which will be used to guide the evaluation of both community-recommended and ICANN-identified meeting locations. Elements such as cost of the meeting for ICANN and the community, convenience to international airports, availability of sufficient hotel guest rooms in or near the venue, meeting facilities, network infrastructure, personal health and safety of meeting participants, and total level of financial support will be considered by ICANN in making its final selection of a meeting site.

Those interested in hosting an ICANN Meeting in 2019 or 2020 are encouraged to submit proposals by 30 September 2016 via the online form, Expression of Interest to Host an ICANN Meeting.

Hosting Opportunities 2019-2020

EVENT DATES GEOGRAPHIC REGION SUBMISSION DEADLINE
ICANN64 9-14 March 2019 (Meeting A [PDF, 365 KB]) Asia/Australia/Pacific 30 September 2016
ICANN65 24-27 June 2019 (Meeting B [PDF, 311 KB]) Africa 30 September 2016
ICANN66 2-8 November 2019 (Meeting C [PDF, 363 KB]) North America 30 September 2016
ICANN67 7-12 March 2020 (Meeting A [PDF, 365 KB]) Latin America/Caribbean 30 September 2016
ICANN68 22-25 June 2020 (Meeting B [PDF, 311 KB]) Asia/Australia/Pacific 30 September 2016
ICANN69 17-23 October 2020 (Meeting C [PDF, 363 KB]) Europe 30 September 2016

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