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Additional 2021 ICANN Public Meeting Locations Announced

LOS ANGELES – 6 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the locations for two of the 2021 ICANN Public Meetings.

Cancún, Mexico, will host ICANN70 from 20-25 March 2021. The Community Forum will be held at the Cancun International Convention Center (CICC).

The Hague, Netherlands will host ICANN71 which will take place from 14-17 June 2021. The Policy Forum will be held at the World Forum.

Earlier this year, ICANN announced that Seattle, Washington, U.S., will serve as the location for ICANN72, which will be held from 23-28 October 2021 at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle.

About ICANN Public Meetings

ICANN holds three Public Meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN's multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and promoting interaction among members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization. Usually comprising more than 300 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy development. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

More Information

  • The Board Resolution on the locations of ICANN70 and ICANN71 can be found here.
  • The ICANN Meetings website is available here.

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 – 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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