ICANN Meetings have been central to ICANN’s multistakeholder model since its formation in 1998. They provide a venue for learning about ICANN, advancing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and interacting with members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization.
Designed to meet a diverse range of needs for ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/ACs), staff, and newcomers alike, an average ICANN Meeting accepts more than 350 submissions to schedule in twelve simultaneous sessions spanning four to six days.
The current strategy for ICANN’s triannual meetings was developed by the Meeting Strategy Working Group (MSWG) and adopted by the ICANN Board in 2014. The MSWG was a cross-community Working Group created by the ICANN Board to look into all aspects of the ICANN Meetings. The group made proposals for changes to meeting timing, duration and format, rotation of the meeting location, meeting support and engagement activities, and meeting planning.
Where and when do ICANN meetings take place?
ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. Each ICANN Meeting held throughout the year has a different focus and duration. The meetings are known as Community Forum, Policy Forum, and Annual General Meeting (AGM).
You can see the list of the dates and locations for past and upcoming ICANN meetings at http://meetings.icann.org/calendar.