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Global Internet Stakeholders to Meet at ICANN’s 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi

Invitation to Join the Opening Ceremony and Press Conference on 30 October

Abu Dhabi, UAE… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 60th Public Meeting, ICANN60, in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 28 October to 3 November. ICANN60 is hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The meeting will bring together global stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The sessions will enable discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to the stakeholders. The meeting will be a platform for developing policies for the Domain Name System.

At the Opening Ceremony on 30 October, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby will address the audience. They will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to take place throughout the meeting.

We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. The details for connection are provided below.

ICANN60 will be a momentous meeting for the Internet community and the ICANN organization. It will be the last meeting for Crocker, who will be retiring from his role at the end of ICANN60. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and laid the foundation for today's Internet. There will be several events scheduled to honor Crocker's service to the Internet community, and to welcome the new ICANN Chair of the Board.

Following the opening ceremony, Crocker and Marby will join Cherine Chalaby, Vice Chair of the ICANN Board, Akram Atallah, President of Global Domains Division, and Baher Esmat, Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East, for the press conference to respond to journalists' questions. They will address a wide range of topics, including Internet governance and the multistakeholder model, efforts on a multilingual Internet, and security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.


ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different regions to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and exchange of opinions among attendees dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Domain Name System.

ICANN60 is a free event open to anyone interested. All ICANN60 attendees, including journalists, are required to register either on-site or here.

For more on ICANN60, please go to

The full schedule of ICANN60 events and meetings is available here.

Journalists who are unable to attend ICANN60 are encouraged to join us via remote participation or live web stream. The details of connection are available below.

Opening Ceremony:

WHEN: Monday, 30 October 09:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. GST (05:00 A.M. – 06:00 A.M UTC)

WHEREAbu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall 4)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio:

Live Stream Video:

Press Conference:


WHEN: Monday, 30 October 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. GST (06:30 A.M. – 08:00 A.M UTC)

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall B, Section A)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the press conference via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio:

Live Stream Video:

  • The press conference will be held in English, but simultaneously interpreted into French and Arabic.
  • Telephone access (English) may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list
    • The toll-free access number in the U.S. is +1 (719) 457-6209. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 834 210 0020.
    • The telephone feed is listen-only and cannot be used to ask questions.

An audio recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site ( after the event.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit:

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."