ICANN To Conduct All Meetings Virtually For Rest Of 2020 Including ICANN69; ICANN69 Prep Week Schedule Released

ICANN will continue its suspension of face-to-face meetings and business travel until at least 31 December 2020 with the organisation’s staff continuing to work from home, Göran Marby, ICANN’s President and CEO, announced in a post on the ICANN blog Tuesday. This includes ICANN69, from 17 to 22 October, also the 22nd Annual General Meeting, which was to be held in Hamburg, Germany. This follows June’s announcement that ICANN69 would be held virtually, as have the two previous ICANN meetings in 2020.

“Put simply,” Marby writes, “extending this guidance is the right thing to do during this historic time. We will reassess regularly as part of our monitoring of the situation and advise if there are any changes to this guidance.” The decision was made “after careful consideration and collaboration with the Board and Supporting Organisation and Advisory Committee (SO/AC) leadership.”

“The health and safety of our community and staff are always our top concern, and we believe it is not prudent to travel or encourage gatherings until at least the end of 2020. The ongoing and long-term health impact of COVID-19 on our community and staff is a risk that we are not willing to take. In addition, the travel landscape has not yet stabilized, which makes any travel complicated and risky.”

ICANN also announced Tuesday the ICANN69 Prep Week schedule. There will be 12 webinars intended to help prepare the community for the ICANN69 Virtual Annual General Meeting. Registration is required (click here for registration including for ICANN69).

ICANN69 Prep Week Schedule:

Date / Time (CEST = UTC+2)Title
Monday, 5 October 2020 13:30-15:00 CESTWhat to Expect at ICANN69: A Guide for Newcomers
Monday, 5 October 2020 15:30-16:30 CESTAt-Large Social Media Webinar
Monday, 5 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CESTNomCom ICANN69 Public Meeting
Monday, 5 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CESTRegistrant Program Update
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 15:30-16:45 CESTUpdate on ICANN’s Reviews
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CESTInternationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program Update
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 18:30-20:00 CESTPlanning at ICANN and FY22 Planning Process
Wednesday, 7 October 2020 10:30-11:30 CESTAt-Large ICANN69 Introduction Webinar
Wednesday, 7 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CESTSecond Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review (SSR2) Progress Update
Wednesday, 7 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CESTContractual Compliance Update
Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CESTPre-ICANN69 Policy Webinar
Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:00-21:00 CESTQ&A with ICANN Org Executive Team

ICANN69 Prep Week webinar materials and recordings will be shared on the ICANN69 meeting schedule. Meeting registration is required to access this information.

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