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Preliminary Report of Special Board Meeting

[Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the ICANN Board]

Note: This has not been approved by the Board and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the unapproved reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Board's Minutes, when approved by the board at a future meeting.

A Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held via teleconference 22 January 2010 @ 19.00 UTC. Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Rod Beckstrom (President and CEO), Dennis Jennings (Vice Chairman), Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Raimundo Beca, Steve Crocker, Gonzalo Navarro, Rita Rodin Johnston, Raymond A. Plzak, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Bruce Tonkin, and Katim Touray. Jean-Jacques Subrenat was unable to attend.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Janis Karklins, GAC Liaison; Ram Mohan, SSAC Liaison; Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison; Jonne Soininen, TLG Liaison; Vanda Scartezini, ALAC Liaison; and Suzanne Woolf, RSSAC Liaison.

This is a preliminary report of the approved resolutions resulting from the Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, which took place on 22 January 2010.


  1. Venue for the March ICANN International meeting

The President and CEO made a presentation on the Board on the assessment of security in Nairobi following recent events in the area.

Commitment to Nairobi for ICANN’s 37th International Meeting:

Whereas, the ICANN Board approved holding its 2010 Africa meeting in Nairobi during its May 2009 Board Meeting (see resolution 2009-05-21-09) 

Whereas, ICANN has received questions [from individuals, companies and an ICANN constituency group] regarding security and has conducted internal reviews and external reviews of the current security conditions following on from recent events in Nairobi,

Resolved (2010.01.22.01), the ICANN Board confirms its commitment to hold the ICANN 37th International Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in March of 2010.

All voting members in attendance supported the resolution. The motion carried.

The Board then took the following action:

Resolved (2010.01.22.02), the ICANN Board authorizes the CEO and President to work with the Kenyan hosts and authorities and others for the provision of additional security.

All voting members in attendance supported the resolution. The motion carried.

The Chair thanked the Board for the prompt attention to this issue and staff for the work done. The Chair noted that in light of the Board’s commitment to proceed to Nairobi, the staff should focus work on making the meeting as successful as possible.

Adjourned 20.31 UTC

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