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ICANN and LACTLD Deepen Cooperation and Promote Greater Regional Involvement in Internet Policy Development

Two-way collaboration is a critical aspect of the Memorandum of Understanding

ICANN and LACTLD Group Photo 1

Photo (from left to right): Daniel Fink (ICANN), Albert Daniels (ICANN), Alex Dans (ICANN), Andrés Piazza (LACTLD CEO), Göran Marby (ICANN President and CEO), Clara Collado (LACTLD Board), Rodrigo de la Parra (ICANN)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – 25 August 2016 – ICANN and LACTLD, the Latin American and Caribbean Country Code Top-Level Domains Organization, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to explore opportunities to collaborate on topics of common interest. The official signing took place today in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ICANN is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. LACTLD is a nonprofit association that promotes cooperation and information exchange among regional top-level domains (TLDs).

Göran Marby, ICANN's President and CEO, and Andrés Piazza, LACTLD´s Executive Director, signed the MoU during the Dominican Republic's Internet Week. Both organizations were participating in the event – ICANN holding its third Latin America and Caribbean Domain Name System Forum (LAC DNS FORUM), and LACTLD hosting a technical workshop.

"It is a great milestone for LACTLD, and a huge pleasure for me personally, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN, which will work as a channel for strengthening our long-standing cooperation in the region," said Andrés Piazza.

Both organizations emphasized the importance of exploring opportunities to build a cooperative working relationship that strengthens the capacity and capability of ccTLD operators in the region. An accompanying goal is to encourage LACTLD members and regional stakeholders to get involved with ICANN´s policy development processes.

"Part of our job as a support organization includes deepening our engagements with partners around the world," said Göran Marby, speaking about LACTLD. "Your work in the region is vital, and I'm proud to sign an MoU that will make your voice heard in important discussions about shaping the Internet."

ICANN and LACTLD Group Photo 2

Photo (from left to right): Eduardo Santoyo (LACTLD Board Chair), Göran Marby (ICANN President and CEO), Andrés Piazza (LACTLD CEO), Clara Collado (LACTLD Board member), Rodrigo de la Parra (ICANN's Vicepresident for Latin America and the Caribbean)

Media Contacts

Alexandra Dans
Sr. Communications Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean
Montevideo, Uruguay
Telephone: +598 95 831 442

Maria Fernanda Alvarez
Communications Officer
Montevideo, Uruguay
Telephone: +598 97 228 105


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit:


LACTLD is a nonprofit association created on 20 August 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the International Forum on the White Paper. This organization was conceived with the aim of bringing together the ccTLDs in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote cooperation and the exchange of information and experiences among regional TLDs. For more information, visit:

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