ICANN Resolutions » October 2017 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
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Approval of October 2017 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
Whereas, ICANN intends to hold its third Public Meeting of 2017 in the Asia Pacific region.
Whereas, staff has completed a thorough review of the proposed venues in Asia Pacific and finds the one in Abu Dhabi, UAE to be the most suitable.
Resolved (2016.03.09.07), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to engage in and facilitate all necessary contracting and disbursements for the host convention center for the October 2017 ICANN Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE in an amount not to exceed [AMOUNT REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES], and that the October 2017 ICANN Public Meeting be designated as the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Resolved (2016.03.09.08), 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.
As part of ICANN's Public Meeting schedule, presently three times a year ICANN hosts a meeting in a different geographic region (as defined in the ICANN Bylaws). ICANN 60, scheduled for 28 October - 3 November 2017, is to occur in the Asia Pacific geographic region. A call for recommendations for the location of the meeting in Asia Pacific was posted on 23 March 2015. Various parties sent a proposal to ICANN.
Staff performed a thorough analysis of the proposals, as well as other venues, and prepared a paper to identify those that met the Meeting Selection Criteria (see http://meetings.icann.org/location-selection-criteria). Based on the proposals and analysis, ICANN has identified Abu Dhabi, UAE as the location for ICANN 60.
The Board reviewed staff's briefing for hosting the meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE and the determination that the proposal met the significant factors of the Meeting Selection Criteria, as well as the related costs for facilities selected, for the October 2017 ICANN Public Meeting.
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 or the stability of the DNS.
The Board thanks all who recommended sites for ICANN 60.
This is an Organizational Administrative function that does not require public comment.