[AfrICANN-discuss] Overview of Africa sessions during ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz
Tue Feb 3 15:07:40 UTC 2015

Thank you Yaovi for the update.

Best regards,





Victor Ndonnang

IT Consultant

Open Internet & Multistakeholder Internet Governance Supporter

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From: africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] On Behalf Of Yaovi Atohoun
Sent: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:12 AM
To: africann at afrinic.net
Subject: [AfrICANN-discuss] Overview of Africa sessions during ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore


Hi all, 



ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting is taking place in Singapore from 8 -12 February at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Strategically located in the heart of Singapore. This meeting comes at a critical time especially considering the recent developments since the historic  <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions> NTIA announcement to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community way back on March 4, 2014. As usual, the ICANN Africa team will also be hosting not one, but two critical meetings during ICANN 52 namely:


1)    Africa Strategy 2016 – 2020

As you may recall, in  <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/taking-stock-of-our-africa-strategy> November 2014, and as a response to requests from the African community to further review and evolve the Africa Strategy and make it more responsive to Africa while aligning it to the new ICANN 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan, The ICANN African team convened a special consultative session with the community during  <http://www.afrinic.net/en/library/news/1187> AFRINIC 21 in Mauritius. This meeting was attended by representatives from SO / AC leaders, AFNOG, AFRINIC, AFTLD, GAC, AFRALO, AFICTA, NEPAD and African Registrars associations who came up with a reviewed draft 0 of the Africa Strategic Plan ver 2.0 (2016 - 2020). This draft is currently under public comments and the session scheduled for  <http://singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule/tue-africa-strategy> Tue, 10 February 2015 - 11:15 to 12:45 SGT will be used to present the new plan for final inputs before approval and adoption by the community.


2)    Enhanced Engagement With Africa

One of the outstanding challenges observed by the community is the limited meaningful and consistent participation of the African community in most Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees in ICANN and the wider IG ecosystem especially by governments. Africa’s is yet to make her voice and influence heard in the global policy making processes on issues affecting the Internet and there is need to proactively and progressively change this scenario.


In this regard, the Africa Strategy Review team again sitting alongside AFRINIC 21 meeting deliberated and came up with a list of four projects expected to enhance ICANN’s Engagement in Africa leading to ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech Morocco. These special projects focusing on reaching out mainly to African governments and regulators include:


a)     Active participation in African regional and continental ICT ministerial meetings

b)    ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM), During ICANN 55

c)     NewGen Program during ICANN 55

d)    Workshop for Africa Telecom regulators during ICANN 55


The ICANN Africa team has organized a briefing session scheduled for  <http://singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule/wed-africa-engagement> Wed, 11 February 2015 - 10:30 to 11:45 SGT to share with you details of these projects and seek your further input. We take this opportunity to welcome you, our community, to these 2 Africa sessions as we endeavor to deliver collectively on the Africa Strategy. We shall also provide remote participation details for both sessions as well as share recordings after the meeting.




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