The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Marrakech, Morocco, has been selected as the location in the African region to host ICANN’s 65th Public Meeting, to be held in June 24 – 27, 2019. The Policy Forum will be hosted by the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (FMAI) at the Palmeraie Resort.
ICANN holds three meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN’s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for learning about ICANN, progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and promoting interaction among members of the ICANN community, organization, and Board.
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Usually featuring more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.
In early March last year, Marrakech was the host of ICANN55 meeting which was attended and addressed by the organisation’s then new CEO Göran Marby. During the meeting, stakeholders from around the world finalized the proposal aimed to ultimately transfer stewardship of the IANA functions – key elements of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) – from the United States government over to the global multi-stakeholder community.
Held three times a year, ICANN’s public meetings convene members of the global, multi-stakeholder Internet community, made up of individual users, businesses, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations, to discuss issues impacting the Domain NameSystem (DNS) and develop policy.