[council] Location of Third ICANN Meeting for 2007

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Location of Third ICANN Meeting for 2007

17 May 2007

ICANN advises that the public meeting scheduled to be held from 29 
October through 2 November 2007 will take place in Los Angeles, 
California, USA.

ICANN holds three public meetings each year. The location of these 
meetings are rotated through the five ICANN regions and selected on the 
basis of proposals received from various local groups interested in 
hosting the meeting. The announced region for the location of the 
October 2007 meeting was Asia Pacific. A review of proposals from two 
potential hosts determined that it was not possible to proceed at this 
time due to various logistical issues. ICANN examined a number of 
non-hosted locations in the Asia Pacific in attempt to adhere to the 
Asia Pacific rotation. Again, for reasons of logistics, cost and 
seasonal demand, it proved extremely difficult to find a location. Given 
this situation it has been decided to locate this meeting in Los 
Angeles. Without a host this maximizes the capacity of staff to resource 
the event in an efficient and economical way. The location is also a 
major travel hub and the quantity of hotel accommodation means that this 
should prove to be a less expensive meeting than some other options.

ICANN recognizes that, following the upcoming meeting in San Juan, 
Puerto Rico, this means two meetings in a row held in the United States. 
As a result, ICANN today is posting a request for proposal to host ICANN 
meetings in 2008, as well as the dates and rotations for meetings to be 
held in 2009 and 2010. As part of this posting, ICANN has modified the 
rotation to designate the region for the first meeting in 2008 as Asia 
Pacific. The next scheduled North American meeting has been removed from 
the rotation. Due to the increased participation at the ICANN meetings, 
significant changes have been made to the requirements to host an ICANN 
meeting, with ICANN assuming more responsibility for planning and 
finances. Proposals to host the three 2008 meetings will be accepted 
through 15 June 2007. The 2008 – 2010 meeting rotation schedule can be 
found at http://www.icann.org/meetings/ and the request for proposal to 
host ICANN meetings in 2008 can be found at 
http://www.icann.org/meetings/rfp/rfp-2007.htm. Questions regarding 
hosting a meeting should be addressed to the ICANN meeting staff at 
meeting at icann.org.

Further details about this meeting will be forthcoming and made 
available on the ICANN Website.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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