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Meetings & Records

Full meetings of the GAC are usually conducted three times a year in conjunction with an ICANN public meeting. They may also be conducted intersessionally. GAC meetings are usually open. This part of the website provides access to past, present and future GAC meeting materials, including other calls and interactions the GAC has internally and with other groups.

ICANN72 Virtual Meeting Agenda

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Virtual Meeting 25 October 2021 - 28 October 2021


Management of the GAC ICANN72 Virtual Meeting (GAC Members login recommended)

On 15 July 2021, the ICANN Board announced that the ICANN72 Annual General Meeting (AGM), originally scheduled to be held in Seattle, Washington (United States of America), would be held as a virtual meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The GAC meeting schedule for the ICANN72 Virtual Annual General Meeting has been developed to leverage that format. The GAC meeting will feature thirteen (13) individual real-time plenary topic sessions and five (5) Communique drafting sessions over a period of four calendar days from 25 October to 28 October 2021. In addition to the GAC agenda, GAC delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of informal community networking sessions throughout the AGM week, the one (1) cross-community plenary session that is scheduled and to attend the ICANN Board meeting and ICANN Public forum later in the week.

GAC Meeting Schedule:

At the bottom of 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.

Calendar Invitations:

As noted above, it has become standard GAC practice to directly email calendar invitations to all GAC participants for all individual GAC sessions, community plenary (cross community) sessions and notable community working group sessions (e.g., SubPro, etc.). This will be done again for the ICANN72 Annual General Meeting

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 ICANN72, invitations are expected to be sent during the Prep week - the week of 11 October.

ICANN72 Zoom and Real Time Transcriptions (RTT): 

  • GAC Members will receive Zoom link and RTT information via email in direct session calendar invite updates.

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

GAC Newcomer Welcome Webinar:

The GAC Support staff will host an informal “GAC Welcome” briefing call for new GAC participants on Thursday, 21 October at 9.00 UTC 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. New GAC delegates (joining the GAC since the ICANN71 public meeting) will receive individual calendar invitations to the call. 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 Briefings [GAC Members login required]:

[This section to be amended from time to time with web links as various written briefings and other materials become available.]

In preparation for GAC Public Meetings, GAC Leadership and Support Staff have traditionally prepared 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. 

As the global COVID 19 pandemic has continued, the GAC Leadership and GAC Support staff have been engaged in a concerted effort to identify additional productive tools to help GAC delegates develop baseline knowledge of the GAC’s high priority issues so that all can participate in the meeting discussions with their colleagues on an even playing field of knowledge. As a result for ICANN72, BOTH written and oral briefing will be provided to GAC Members for their meeting preparations.

Oral Briefing

The GAC ICANN72 Oral Briefing will be held on Tuesday 12 October at 1300 UTC for 90-minutes. The briefing will provide basic and background information on four high priority GAC work topics including WHOIS and Data Protection, DNS Abuse Mitigation, IGO Protections and Subsequent Rounds of New gTLDs. A calendar invitation for the oral briefing has been sent to all GAC government and observer organization representatives.

The materials associated with the GAC ICANN72 Oral Briefing can be found here - https://gac.icann.org/sessions/gac-icann72-oral-briefing [GAC Members log-in required]

Written Briefings

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.

Briefings are typically circulated to the GAC Membership approximately two weeks prior to the start of the public meeting:

  • 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 updated materials to various session links on this web page right up until the start of the meeting.

Other 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 72 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. 

ICANN org Virtual Participation How-To Guide:

For each ICANN Public Meeting, the ICANN organization also publishes a general meeting guide for meeting attendees. That guide can be downloaded from the following link:

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


Individual 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 ICANN72 meeting concludes, links to meeting session recordings will also be added to each session page link.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

GAC ICANN72 Oral Briefing
13:00 - 14:30     UTC     |    Closed Session

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Pre-ICANN72 GAC Welcome Webinar
09:00 - 10:00     UTC     |    Closed Session

Monday, 25 October 2021

19:30 - 21:00     UTC

21:30 - 22:15     UTC

22:15 - 23:00     UTC

23:30 - 00:30     UTC

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

16:00 - 17:00     UTC

17:30 - 19:00     UTC

19:30 - 20:15     UTC

20:15 - 21:00     UTC

21:30 - 23:00     UTC

23:30 - 00:30     UTC

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

16:00 - 17:00     UTC

17:30 - 19:00     UTC

19:30 - 21:00     UTC

21:30 - 23:00     UTC

23:30 - 00:30     UTC

Thursday, 28 October 2021

16:00 - 17:00     UTC

17:30 - 18:15     UTC

18:15 - 19:00     UTC

19:30 - 21:00     UTC

21:30 - 23:00     UTC

23:30 - 00:30     UTC