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Update on ICANN Meetings in Accra, Ghana - 10-14 March 2002 - Pre-Registration and Agenda

As previously announced, ICANN's next round of meetings will be held 10-14 March 2002 in Accra, Ghana.

Pre-registration is now open. Please go to <http://register.icann.org/register.php> and fill in the form. This will help us to plan for the meeting and to send you updates.

Please note that the meeting venue is the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, NOT the convention center as originally planned. Details regarding accommodations are available at the local host's web site (mirrored here). Conference attendees from outside of Ghana are reminded that they will need to have evidence of being vaccinated against yellow fever and will require an appropriate visa for entry.

We currently are planning the following schedule for the meetings:

Sunday, 10 March 2002

Monday, 11 March 2002

  • Orientation workshop for new attendees - 09:00 to 10:30
  • DNSO Constituency meetings - throughout the day
  • African ccTLD workshop
  • Governmental Advisory Committee - all day

Tuesday, 12 March 2002

  • General assembly of the DNSO - 09:00 to 11:00
  • Names Council - 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 15:00
  • Special presentation: "Higher-Layer Naming Systems: Keywords and Other Non-DNS Identifiers." - 15:00 to 18:00
  • Governmental Advisory Committee - all day

Wednesday, 13 March 2002

  • ICANN Public Forum - all day

Thursday, 14 March 2002

  • ICANN Board meeting

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