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Global Partnerships Team – Regional Liaisons

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ICANN has launched a network of liaisons, each with a regional focus, to enhance ICANN’s worlwide response and outreach capacity.

While the regional focus of the liaisons is primary, the network is sharing expertise along dimensions such as language, experience and skillsets.

The network is actively working with the community to achieve the strategic goal of enhancing both regional representation and responsiveness to the regions.

Picture was taken during the last team retreat in Brussels.


Equipo “Global Partnerships” – Enlaces Regionales

ICANN ha establecido una red de enlaces con un enfoque regional, a fin de mejorar su capacidad de respuesta y promover a ICANN de manera global.

Aunque el enfoque regional es importante, la red de enlaces no se limita al ámbito geográfico sino que comparte cualidades en cuanto a lenguaje, experiencia y habilidades.

Esta red trabaja muy de cerca con la comunidad para alcanzar la meta estratégica de mejorar la representación de ICANN a nivel mundial y hacer a la organización más responsiva frente a las demandas regionales.

La foto fue tomada durante la última reunión del equipo en Bruselas.


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