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Update on ASO General Assembly – 5 March 2002

The 3rd ASO General Assembly meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5 March 2002 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand. This meeting will be hosted by APNIC alongside APNIC's 13th Open Policy Meeting, and will be open to all parties with an interest in ASO policy matters. Details about the venue can be found on the APNIC meeting page. A call for presentations and participation has been published.

The presently planned agenda is as follows:

1. AC operational update (AC chair)

  • Goals and achievements since last ASO GA
  • ASO secretariat change
  • New members on AC
  • Emerging RIRs status report

2. Overview of RIR policy process and status (RIRs)

  • Process and status in the APNIC region
  • Process and status in the ARIN region
  • Process and status in the RIPE NCC region

3. Global statistics presentation (RIRs)

4. Nominee introductions for the ASO elections to the ICANN Board

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