[council] Relocating ICANN57 - Blog by Akram Atallah

Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez G. crg at isoc-cr.org
Wed May 18 11:33:41 UTC 2016

Thank you Mary!

2 questions

will the GNSO have its traditional preliminary session? previously 
Saturday-Friday before the meeting
will the GNSO have its traditional strategy session afterwards? 
previously Friday after the meeting

Best regards

Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez
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Skype: carlos.raulg
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On 18 May 2016, at 3:35, Mary Wong wrote:

> Hello Phil and everyone,
> As the ICANN57 meeting in Hyderabad will be the first iteration of 
> “Meeting C” under the new ICANN meeting strategy, incorporating 
> (among other things) two Public Forums and spanning 7 days, presumably 
> the Council will need to begin discussions on how and when best to 
> schedule the GNSO working sessions and the Council meeting and wrap up 
> so as to maximize the opportunities for interaction presented by the 
> Meeting C format. As such, staff will make a note to ensure that this 
> topic is included on the agenda of one of the forthcoming Council 
> meetings.
> Thanks for highlighting the possible change!
> Cheers
> Mary
> Mary Wong
> Senior Policy Director
> Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
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> From: <owner-council at gnso.icann.org> on behalf of Phil Corwin 
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> Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 04:44
> To: "James M. Bladel" <jbladel at godaddy.com>, GNSO Council List 
> <council at gnso.icann.org>
> Subject: [council] RE: Relocating ICANN57 - Blog by Akram Atallah
> Councilors:
> November 3rd is a Thursday, rather than the usual Opening Ceremony day 
> of Monday. I am guessing this means that the usual advance Council 
> meeting will occur Tuesday-Wednesday.
> Best, Philip
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> Subject: [council] Fwd: Relocating ICANN57 - Blog by Akram Atallah
> Councilors, FYI.
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> Subject: Relocating ICANN57 - Blog by Akram Atallah
> Dear Community Leaders:
> This blog will be posted to the ICANN website in a few hours.
> We are sharing this note with you in advance of the public 
> announcement.
> Please do not circulate this information until after it is posted ( 
> 0100 UTC 18 May /1800 PST, 17 May)
> Best regards,
> David
> —————————————————————-
> Relocating ICANN57
> By Akram Atallah
>  Earlier this year, we announced that ICANN56 was going to be 
> relocated from Panama City, Panama, to Helsinki, Finland, due to 
> concerns related to the Zika virus. Following a great deal of internal 
> debate and discussion, and taking into consideration the continued 
> spread of Zika, we have decided that we will be relocating ICANN57 
> from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Hyderabad, India. Due to highly limited 
> space availabilities, this relocation has necessitated changing the 
> date of the meeting from 29 October – 4 November 2016, to 3 – 9 
> November 2016.
>  We did not arrive at this decision easily. We would much rather 
> remain in Puerto Rico – the excellent location we had originally 
> chosen. Moving the meeting venue creates a lot of additional work and 
> challenges, and we understand and recognize that moving an ICANN 
> meeting affects many groups within the community. However, we have 
> come to the conclusion that we must postpone going to Puerto Rico 
> after a lengthy discussion with and feedback from SO/AC leaders, the 
> Board, and within our management team. This decision was based on 
> available research and information and the fact that Puerto Rico has 
> declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak. 
> We believe that the Zika virus poses a significant enough threat that 
> we need to postpone going to Puerto Rico for the health and safety of 
> our community and our ICANN team, just as we had to postpone ICANN52 
> and relocate from Marrakech to Singapore due to the Ebola virus 
> outbreak in 2014.
>  Choosing a location for an ICANN meeting that meets the needs of the 
> community is an incredibly complex task. Few venues in the world are 
> able to satisfy all of our 
> requirements<https://meetings.icann.org/en/host>, especially as the 
> community continues to grow and more and more sessions are held in 
> parallel. San Juan offered outstanding facilities capable of hosting a 
> successful ICANN meeting, which is why we originally selected it as 
> the location for ICANN57. In choosing an alternate location for 
> ICANN57, we explored options all around the globe. A North American 
> venue would have been our preference given our meeting rotation 
> schedule, but due to the time of the year, a very busy conference 
> season and our extremely demanding requirements, we weren’t 
> presented with any ideal options. Fortunately, the Government of India 
> offered to host ICANN57. We are very grateful for their proposal and 
> their willingness to meet our extensive requirements in such a short 
> amount of time.
>  We are therefore pleased to announce that ICANN57 will be held at the 
> Hyderabad International Convention Centre<http://www.hicc.com/>, a 
> state-of-the-art convention center capable of handling an ICANN 
> meeting’s extensive conference space and network infrastructure 
> requirements. Hyderabad itself is home to a booming tech sector, 
> earning itself the nickname “Cyberabad,” and we’re looking 
> forward to hosting a successful ICANN meeting in this wonderful city.
>  We fully understand that by relocating ICANN57, regional 
> organizations and stakeholders will miss out on an opportunity to meet 
> with their communities, as well as a chance to reach out to new 
> community members. We are postponing not cancelling this meeting and 
> we will return to the region as soon as possible.
> ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team will be working 
> closely with the leaders of the different stakeholder groups in the 
> region to try to mitigate the impact of this decision. We will be 
> providing our increased support to meetings and events scheduled in 
> the region, remote hubs in the region’s strategic points during the 
> next two ICANN meetings, read-out sessions, capacity building 
> webinars, activities in our Montevideo engagement center, support for 
> our community to attend relevant regional and global events, and 
> providing as much senior management and Board support on the ground as 
> required.
> I want to stress again that the decision to relocate ICANN57 was not 
> made lightly, and that we feel it is extremely unfortunate the 
> situation required us to postpone the meeting in San Juan. We 
> understand how important it is to maintain the global rotation of 
> ICANN meetings, as it allows local and regional communities to attend 
> and participate, and we are committed to returning to Puerto Rico and 
> Panama City as soon as possible, however the welfare of community 
> members and staff is our top priority.
> We thank you all for understanding this difficult situation and the 
> choice we have had to make.
>  ———————————————
> David A. Olive
> Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support
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