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REMINDER: ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY17 Q1 Call on 18 October 0300 UTC / 1100 SGT / 17 October 2000 PDT

ICANN has announced its FY17 Q1 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 18 October at 0300 UTC / 1100 SGT / 17 October 2000 PDT. The call will focus on how ICANN has implemented community policy for the Quarter ending 30 September 2016 as well as provide an APAC update.

This is the first Quarterly Stakeholder Call to use a new regional focused format which aims to increase participation and understanding of ICANN's regional efforts. We've also added a Board update for greater accountability and transparency.

Please click here to register for the call and to receive joining instructions. If you are unable to access the form, please email us to register with your full name and an email address.

The call is open for all to attend and live interpretation is offered in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. There will be a Questions & Answers (Q&A) session and all materials (recordings, transcripts and presentations) will be archived and available on the ICANN website.‬‬‬

‭These calls were set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts and are a great way for you to stay informed on what the organization has done in line with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.‬‬‬

More information‬‬

Please visit the Reporting page on the ICANN for more information including recordings of previous calls. The presentation will be posted 24-48 hours in advance.


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