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Celebrating Four Years of Supporting the Asia Pacific Region

Dear friends and colleagues,

Another year has gone by and the APAC regional office is now 4 years old. Please join me and the APAC team as we celebrate our 4th anniversary with a special report. This not only marks 4 years of the ICANN Organization’s presence in the APAC region, but also our journey and collaboration with you as one APAC community.

The APAC hub was established in 2013 to help spearhead ICANN’s globalization. The regional office now provides 10 key functions to the region. Our efforts to form a cohesive, effective APAC team has contributed to ICANN’s evolution, as seen from the recently announced international office strategy.

The APAC community’s participation in ICANN has grown, making our presence more prominent. Our anniversary report captures the community’s presence within ICANN today. I invite you, our APAC community, to share on social media how you are participating in ICANN’s stakeholder groups and constituencies. Let the global ICANN community know who you are. Please use our hashtags #ICANN #APACis4, whether you are using Facebook or Twitter.

Another key section in this report is how our work contributes to the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet’s unique identifier system. We do this by collaborating with our community to host the ICANN operated L-Root instances, as well as provide capacity-development to community in technical areas including DNS operations and DNS security. If you’ve been trained by us, please also share your involvement with us on social media with the above hashtags. We want to know what you have learned and applied.

As we look back on our milestones, we also look ahead to continuing our journey together. With half the world’s Internet users residing in this region, we have a long way to go in our participation and representation in ICANN. In this regard, we will continue to facilitate conversations in the local and regional communities through key platforms such as ICANN Readouts and the APAC Space. We hope you can participate and let the APAC stakeholders’ voices be heard.

Thank you.


This is the 3rd instalment of our 3-part APAC Regional Office 4th Anniversary Series.

To read Joyce Chen’s blog (part 1), please go here.

To read Anupam Agrawal’s blog (part 2), please go here.


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