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Meetings & Records

GAC meetings are usually conducted in conjunction with an ICANN meeting. They may also be conducted inter-sessionally. GAC meetings are usually open. This part of the website provides both GAC Members and others members of the community with access to past, present and future GAC meeting material including agendas, transcripts, location details, recordings and minutes. For GAC Members there is also access to preparatory material ahead of forthcoming meetings such as the draft agenda, briefings and presentations, remote participation details and travel assistance.


Agenda

Virtual Meeting 14 June 2021 - 17 June 2021

Introduction

Management of the GAC ICANN71 Virtual Meeting: (GAC Members login recommended

On 11 March 2021, the ICANN Board announced that the ICANN71 Policy Forum, originally  scheduled to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, would be held as a virtual meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The GAC meeting schedule for the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum has been developed to leverage that format. The GAC meeting will feature thirteen (13) individual real-time plenary topic sessions and four (4) Communique drafting sessions over a period of four calendar days from 14 June to 17 June 2021. GAC members will also have the opportunity to participate in three (3) cross-community plenary sessions during the forum.

Resource Briefing Documents:

In addition to the resources on this web page, GAC Support staff is compiling preparation materials to help attendees fully utilize the remote connection services and resources that are being provided by ICANN for the ICANN 71 virtual meeting. That documentation is being developed in the form of a “one-stop” reference manual that consolidates various notices and reminders about meeting planning and logistics. A web link to the document will be posted on this page after an email notice is made to GAC Members and Observers. 

GAC Support staff is also preparing a number of pre-meeting session topic briefings that are referenced in the Briefings section below.

GAC Newcomer Welcome Webinar:

The GAC Support staff will host an informal “GAC Welcome” briefing call for new GAC participants on Thursday, 27 May to share background information on the GAC and an operational perspective on the public meeting experience with new GAC participants. Open to all GAC participants, the call (which will be recorded for time-shift listening) will be tailored for participants who are new to the GAC or who want a refresher on some of the GAC operational practices and informational tools. If you are interested in joining this call please reach out to GAC Support staff at gac-staff@icann.org for call connection details.

GAC Meeting Schedule:

On this page (please scroll down), GAC Support staff has created links to each GAC plenary session to enable attendees to access session connection information and supporting documentation.

  • ICANN71 Zoom Real Time Transcription (RTT): GAC Members will receive Zoom link and RTT information via email in direct session calendar invite updates.

Calendar Invitations:

As noted above, it has become standard GAC practice to directly email calendar invitations to all GAC participants for all GAC sessions, community plenary (cross community) sessions and notable community working group sessions (e.g., SubPro, etc.). This will be done again for the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum. 

The initial emailed calendar invitations for individual sessions are typically transmitted to GAC representatives and delegates a week or so before each public meeting.  Specific call connection details are then added to the invitations as they become available the day before the sessions. 

For ICANN71, invitations are expected to be sent during the calendar week preceding the core meeting week - the week of 7 June.

Every GAC Zoom room session will have a different distinct web link.

ICANN org Virtual Participation How-To Guide: 

The ICANN organization also published a general meeting guide for meeting attendees. That guide can be downloaded from the following link:

All GAC plenary session entries below reflect the time of the session in the “UTC” time zone.

Where appropriate, each GAC session link below is accompanied by links to a preparatory session briefing and other materials that are associated with the session. After the ICANN71 meeting concludes, links to meeting session recordings will also be added to each session page link.

Please contact GAC Support staff at gac-staff@icann.org if you have questions about any of these virtual meeting arrangements.  

GAC Briefings [GAC Members login required]:

This section to be filled as briefings become available.

In preparation for GAC Public Meetings, GAC Support Staff prepares a number of topical briefings for GAC members that provide (1) basic background information about each session topic, (2) updates on recent developments regarding the topic, (3) previews of the proposed session agendas and (4) links to other resources of information about the session subject matter. These briefings are supported by other ICANN org staff, as appropriate, to ensure factual accuracy. 

  • Applicable individual Briefings for each of the scheduled GAC plenary sessions may be accessed via links provided on this page in the “Materials” section of each session link.
  • All Briefings for each of the scheduled sessions may also be downloaded from this page.  Briefings are typically circulated to the GAC Membership approximately two weeks prior to the start of the public meeting:

As needed, GAC Support staff provide updates as additional preparation materials are added prior to each meeting.


GAC Agenda Sessions:

All GAC plenary session entries below reflect the time of the session in the “UTC” time zone.

Where appropriate, and as they become available, each GAC session link below is accompanied by links to a preparatory session briefing and other materials that are associated with the session. After the ICANN71 meeting concludes, links to meeting session recordings will also be added to each session page link.

Monday, 14 June 2021

07:00 - 08:00     UTC

08:30 - 10:00     UTC

10:30 - 12:00     UTC

12:30 - 13:30     UTC

13:30 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:30     UTC

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

08:30 - 09:15     UTC

09:15 - 10:00     UTC

10:30 - 11:30     UTC

11:30 - 12:00     UTC

12:30 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:30     UTC

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

07:00 - 08:00     UTC

08:30 - 09:15     UTC

09:15 - 10:00     UTC

10:30 - 12:00     UTC

12:30 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:30     UTC

Thursday, 17 June 2021

07:00 - 08:00     UTC

08:30 - 10:00     UTC

10:30 - 12:00     UTC

12:30 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:30     UTC