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ICANN Consolidated Meetings Strategy Proposal

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 2 October 2012
Comment Close: 16 November 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: Cancelled To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close:   View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN Meeting Operations Department
  • Policy Processes
  • Transparency/Accountability
  • Reviews/Improvements
  • Participation
  • Events/Conferences
  • Operations/Finances
Purpose (Brief): ICANN is opening a public comment forum for the ICANN Consolidated Meetings Strategy Proposal. Community members are asked to provide feedback on the proposal.
Current Status: ICANN Consolidated Meetings Strategy Proposal open for public comment.
Next Steps:

Comments will be accepted in this forum and in continued interaction with the community and staff.

Once the comment and reply periods have ended, ICANN will review community feedback and post an assessment of comments received.

The Board Committee on Public Participation will then submit the proposal to the ICANN Board with its recommendation.
Staff Contact: Nick Tomasso Email:
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
ICANN Meetings are an essential element of the ICANN multistakeholder model. It is essential that Meeting venues provide excellent facilities for community interaction. The purpose of the ICANN Consolidated Meetings Strategy is to ensure that the conference venues that offer the best facilities can be used.
Section II: Background
The topic of ICANN meeting structure, purpose, execution and locations is not a new one; it has been evolving since the early days of ICANN. Documentation regarding ICANN’s approach to its thrice a year meetings began in earnest with the Meeting White Paper posted by then Board member Susan Crawford in November 2006. The ICANN Meetings Reform Discussion Paper [PDF, 387 KB] published in 2008 continued the discussion, and it persists today.
Section III: Document and Resource Links
ICANN Consolidated Meetings Strategy Proposal [PDF, 284 KB]
Section IV: Additional Information

(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

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