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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY17 Q2 Call on 15 February, 15:00 UTC‬‬‬

ICANN has announced its FY17 Q2 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 15 February 2017 at 15:00 UTC. The call will focus on how ICANN has implemented community policy for the quarter ending 31 December 2016. The call will also provide an Africa and Middle East update, as part of a new format aimed at spotlighting regional activities.

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 made 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 website for more information, including recordings of previous calls. The presentation will be posted 24-48 hours in advance.


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