ICANN announced at its public meeting currently underway in Johannesburg, its 59th, that Kobe and Montréal would be its 64th and 66th public meetings in March and November 2019.
Kobe, Japan has been selected as the location in the Asia Pacific region to host ICANN’s 64th Public Meeting. The meeting will be held from 9-14 March 2019 and will be hosted by the Japan Network Information Center.
Montréal, Canada has been selected as the location in the North America region to host ICANN’s 66th Public Meeting. The meeting will be held from 2-8 November 2019 and will be hosted by Montréal Cyberjustice Laboratory.
After the Johannesburg, ICANN’s Public Meetings World Tour, on the road since Singapore in March 1999, ICANN take the Public Meetings to Aby Dhabi (November 2017), then to San Juan (March 2018), Panama City (June 2018), Barcelona (October 2018), Kobe and then Montréal. The location for its 65th public meeting in June 2019 is yet to be determined, but is scheduled to be held in Africa.
ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. ICANN public meetings are a central principle of ICANN’s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, learning about ICANN, and interacting with other members of the ICANN Community, Board and Organization. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the various ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy development. Participants may attend in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.