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ICANN Announces a Webinar to Update the Community on Strategic Planning

LOS ANGELES – 1 October 2018 - Join the ICANN Board and organization for a webinar on 9 October 2018 at 14:00 UTC [local time] for an update on ICANN strategic planning. This webinar will provide an overview of the strategic planning process, and present findings from the strategic outlook trend sessions and the subsequent analysis by the Board and ICANN org. The webinar will provide background information and context ahead of the strategic planning session scheduled at ICANN63 (to be announced).

A recording of the webinar will be made available.

To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to

Background Information

Strategic planning is a fundamental part of ICANN's governance. Mandated by the organization's Bylaws, the strategic plan articulates ICANN's vision; restates ICANN's mission; and sets forth strategic objectives / goals for the next five years. The approach to develop the next iteration of the next strategic plan consists of four phases: trends identification, prioritization and analysis, drafting, and finalization of the plan. The community, Board, and ICANN org completed the process of identifying strategic outlook trends in June 2018. The Board and ICANN org then conducted an analysis of key priority trends and their impacts on ICANN. These findings will inform the strategic plan for the fiscal period 2021 to 2025. Once finalized, the strategic plan will be put into action through ICANN's five-year and annual operating plans, which specify how we will execute our work in order to meet the objectives laid out in the strategic plan. Learn more about the strategic planning process in this blog post on


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 – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. 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 with a community of participants from all over the world.

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