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ICANN - Yokohama Meetings, 14-17 July 2000

ICANN's next round of meetings will be held 14-17 July, in Yokohama, Japan. These meetings will address important policy initiatives, including the creation of new top-level domain registries; the approaching At Large Membership elections for ICANN Board seats; and policies relating to country-code top-level domain registries (ccTLDs). These meetings are free and open to any interested person.


Details relating to the meetings have been posted at <>, including:

  • Meeting Schedules and Agenda
  • Hotel Information
  • Pre-Registration Form
  • Webcast & Remote Participation Instructions
  • Travel Grants
  • Host Committee
  • Press & Media
  • Visa Information

The ICANN meetings in Yokohama will include the following:

  • ICANN Public Forum (Saturday, 15 July)
  • ICANN Board meeting (Sunday, 16 July)
  • Domain Name Supporting Organization (12-17 July, various times):
    • Names Council
    • General Assembly
    • Constituencies (ccTLD registries; business; gTLD registries; ISPs; non-commercial; registrars; intellectual property)
    • Working Groups
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (14 July)


The preliminary agenda for the ICANN Public Forum on 15 July calls for public debate and discussion of the following:

  • At Large membership elections for ICANN Director seats
  • Policies relating to creation of new top-level domain name registries
  • ccTLD delegation and administration policies

Updated schedule details, links to relevant documents, proposals, community feedback, and draft resolutions will be posted at <> as they become available. ICANN will be posting documents for public comments on specific items, along with web page archives of comments received.


ICANN invites and welcomes sponsors for its Yokohama meetings. In order to keep these meetings free and open to any interested individual, ICANN depends upon the generous support of its sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities include receptions, coffee breaks, and webcasting support. To learn more, including a list of past sponsors, please see <>.

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