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June 2019 ICANN Policy Forum Venue Contracting


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 2 Nov 2017
Resolution Number: 
2017.11.02.07 – 2017.11.02.08
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, ICANN organization intends to hold its June 2019 Policy Forum in the Africa region.

Whereas, ICANN organization has completed a thorough review of the proposed venues in Africa and finds the one in Marrakech, Morocco to be the most suitable.

Resolved (2017.11.02.07), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to engage in and facilitate all necessary contracting and disbursements for the host venue for the June 2019 ICANN Policy Forum in Marrakech, Morocco, in an amount not to exceed [REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES].

Resolved (2017.11.02.08), specific items within this resolution shall remain confidential for negotiation purposes pursuant to Article III, section 5.2 of the ICANN Bylaws until the President and CEO determines that the confidential information may be released.

Rationale for Resolution: 

As part of ICANN's Public Meeting and Policy Forum schedule, presently three times a year, ICANN hosts a meeting in a different geographic region (as defined in the ICANN Bylaws). ICANN65, scheduled for 24-27 June 2019, is to occur in the Africa geographic region. A call for recommendations for the location of the meeting in Africa was posted on 15 July 2016. Various parties sent proposals to ICANN.

ICANN organization performed a thorough analysis of the proposals, as well as other venues, and prepared a paper to identify those that met the Meeting Location Selection Criteria (see http://meetings.icann.org/location-selection-criteria). Based on the proposals and analysis, ICANN organization has identified Marrakech, Morocco as the location for ICANN65.

The Board reviewed ICANN organization's briefing for hosting the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and the determination that the proposal met the significant factors of the Meeting Location Selection Criteria, as well as the related costs for the facilities selected, for the June 2019 ICANN Policy Forum.

Taking this action is in the public interest, as conducting Public Meetings and Policy Forums is consistent with, and in support of, ICANN's mission, commitments and core values, as it allows all interested parties to come together and create policy as a multistakeholder organization.

There will be a financial impact on ICANN in hosting the meeting and providing travel support as necessary, as well as on the community in incurring costs to travel to the meeting. But such impact would be faced regardless of the location and venue of the meeting. This action will have no impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

The Board thanks all who recommended sites for ICANN65.

This is an Organizational Administrative function that does not require public comment.