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Community Input Draft 2013-2016 Strategic Plan

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 24 September 2012
Comment Close: 13 November 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: Cancelled – No Comments To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close:   View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC):   Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN
Categories/Tags:
  • Transparency/Accountability
  • Operations-Finances
  • Planning, Approved 2012-2015 Strategic Plan
Purpose (Brief):

The development cycle for this year's 2013-2016 Strategic Plan recognizes ICANN's ongoing commitment to the bottom-up, decision making model and the importance of extensive consultation with the multi-stakeholder community, the Board and ICANN staff.

The purpose of this public comment period is to obtain feedback and collect input on the proposed Draft 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

Current Status: The Draft 2013-2016 Strategic Plan took into consideration community feedback gathered through consultations (i.e., Prague) and submitted public comments.
Next Steps:

ICANN will undertake the following steps:

  1. Conduct a cross-constituency Strategic Planning Session in Toronto
  2. Gather input during  this public comment period
  3. Make modifications to the Draft 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, as needed
  4. Submit for Board approval
Staff Contact: Carole Cornell, Senior Director Project Management Email: carole.cornell@icann.org
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

As part of the strategic planning process each year, ICANN seeks public comment to inform the development of the next version of its Strategic Plan.

The development cycle for this year's 2013-2016 Strategic Plan recognizes ICANN's ongoing commitment to the bottom-up, decision making model and the importance of extensive consultation with the multi-stakeholder community, the Board and ICANN staff.

The purpose of this public comment period is to obtain feedback and collect input on the proposed Draft 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

Section II: Background
Proposed Timeline http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/stratplan2013-04jun12-en.htm
Section III: Document and Resource Links
Clean Draft [PDF, 765 KB] and Redline Draft [PDF, 821 KB] of the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
Section IV: Additional Information

Linkage of strategy and execution: ICANN's 3-year Strategic Plan is linked to the annual Operating Plan and Budget by a set of goals formulated from strategic objectives.  The Execution Structure is a management system methodology that will ensure that strategy is translated into actionable and measurable programs, projects and activities.  These are the critical elements that will ensure that ICANN's strategy supports its vision and mission and is implemented with accountability and transparency.

ICANN’s Planning and Implementation Cycle

We thank the community for your continued support and engagement in this important effort.


(*) 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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