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ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for GAC Members from the Middle East and GAC Newcomers

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Middle East members and GAC newcomers. The workshop is organized by ICANN in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group. It will be held on 28 October, on the first day of ICANN's 60th Public Meeting (ICANN60), in Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates (UAE) with the support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

This is the first capacity building workshop targeting GAC members in the Middle East. From ICANN, Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and Thomas Schneider, Chair of the GAC, will be present at the workshop along with executives, the regional ICANN team, and community members.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness about ICANN policy making processes and assisting the GAC members and governments in the Middle East on how to effectively participate and contribute to ICANN. It will also introduce policy topics and working groups relevant to the work of the GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the participants on how ICANN can help them foster and boost their participation.

The workshop will cover wide a range of topics including:

  • Introduction to ICANN and its role and work in the Middle East region
  • Role of ICANN in the global Internet Governance Ecosystem
  • Update on ICANN constituencies and cross community work at ICANN60

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 316 KB].

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must 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.

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