ICANN, the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and Capacity Building

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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Session 138

09:00–10:45, Friday, 23 March 2018 Popov Room 2, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Related Links 

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This Session, organised by the ICANN Organisation in conjunction with the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) at ICANN, will discuss the work being taken forward to enhance, where appropriate, the knowledge and understanding of government officials, and other players, especially in under-served regions, on the working of the Domain Names System and of ICANN with respect to the Domain Name System (DNS).  The Session will both reflect on the activities already undertaken under this Programme and look ahead to the future. It will also reflect on the capacity building initiatives of other organisations and reflect where enhanced synergy is required, especially in light of the urgency of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The GAC Working Group on Under-Served Regions (URWG) focuses on regions under-served by the DNS industry, and least developed economies and small island developing states. A particular focus is on under-served economies/countries from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions.


1. Presentation of the GAC Capacity building workshop initiative

2. Stocktaking of the first year of GAC Capacity building workshop initiative

3. Capacity Building activities in other Bodies

4. General Discussion

5, Wrap up







Mr Tarek Kamel; Adviser to the ICANN CEO and Presdient on Government Engagement


Mr Tarek Kamel; Adviser to the ICANN CEO and President on Government Engagement

Mr Laurent Ferrali, Director, UN Mission Engagement, ICANN 

Scarlett Fondeur Gil; ICT Policy Section, UNCTAD;

Susan Teltscher; ITU-D




Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

The work that will be described better enables individuals, whether in government or elsewhere, to take an enhanced role in the development of International public policy

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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