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Announcement Reminder for Planning Webinars

LOS ANGELES – 11 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to join us for a public webinar to discuss the Draft FY22 Plans, which are currently out for Public Comment.

There are two times available:

  • 12 January 2021 at 16:00 UTC – please register here.
  • 13 January 2021 at 01:00 UTC – please register here.

The Draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan continues to define and demonstrate how ICANN org will implement the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 21–25, which enables ICANN to continue to fulfill its mission and to meet new and continuously evolving challenges and opportunities.

The Draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan is intended to serve as an overarching holistic view of the activities ICANN org performs or will support to satisfy ICANN's FY21–25 Strategic Plan. The Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plan, but is meant to complement it by providing a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission in the public interest over the next five years.

The Draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY22, and the anticipated funding sources and levels.

During the webinar ICANN org will present information to aid the attendees in a deeper awareness and understanding of ICANN's plans, as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers designed to assist in Public Comment participation.

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 non-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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