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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.

ICANN73 Virtual Meeting Agenda

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Virtual Meeting 07 March 2022 - 10 March 2022


Management of the GAC ICANN73 Virtual Meeting (GAC Members login recommended)

On 4 November 2021, the ICANN Board announced that the ICANN73 Community Forum, originally scheduled to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, would be held as a virtual meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The GAC meeting schedule for the ICANN73 Virtual Community Forum has been developed to leverage that format.

The GAC meeting will feature sixteen (16) individual real-time topic sessions and four (4) Communique drafting sessions over a period of four calendar days from 7 March to 10 March 2022. In addition to the GAC agenda, GAC delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in two (2) cross-community plenary sessions and a third community discussion forum on geopolitical, legislative & regulatory developments. Later in the week (Thursday 10 March), participants will be able to attend the ICANN Board meeting and ICANN Public forum.

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 as they are made available.

Calendar Invitations:

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. This will be done again for the ICANN73 Virtual Community 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 each session. 

For ICANN73, invitations are expected to be sent before the ICANN Prep Week - the week of 21 February.

ICANN73 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.
  • Links to session recording and transcripts will be posted after the public meeting week concludes.

GAC Newcomer Welcome Webinar:

The GAC Support staff will host an informal “GAC Welcome” briefing call for new GAC participants on Thursday, 3 March at 10:00UTC to provide background information and logistical information regarding the public meeting experience for new GAC participants who have joined the committee since ICANN72. Open to all GAC participants, the welcome webinar  (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 pertaining to the public meeting experience. New GAC delegates will receive individual calendar invitations to the call. If you are interested in joining this call and have not received an invitation by the first of March, please reach out to GAC Support staff at gac-staff@icann.org for call connection details.

GAC Briefings
[GAC Members login required]:

[Until the start of the ICANN73 meeting, this section will 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 ICANN73 BOTH written and oral briefing will be provided to GAC Members for their meeting preparations.

Oral Briefings

The ICANN CEO and org staff will provide an oral briefing for interested GAC participants on 16 February at 1400 UTC. GAC Members have already received a calendar invitation for this event.

GAC Topic Leads and support staff will also conduct an oral briefing for GAC participants on Monday, 28 February. The briefing will provide basic and background information on a number of high priority GAC work topics including WHOIS and Data Protection, DNS Abuse Mitigation, IGO Protections, Subsequent Rounds of New gTLDs and committee consideration of the new Global Public Interest Framework. Calendar invitation for the topic-lead oral briefing will be sent to all GAC government and observer organization representatives once the call date is confirmed.

The materials associated with all three GAC ICANN73 Oral Briefings will be posted here - https://gac.icann.org/agendas/icann73-virtual-meeting-agenda [GAC Members log-in required].

Written Briefings

Applicable individual briefings for each of the scheduled GAC sessions at ICANN73 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 can be accessed via links provided on this page in the “Materials” section of each session link.
  • All written briefings for each of the scheduled sessions may also be downloaded directly from this page. Watch this space for links to be posted approximately two weeks prior to the start of the public meeting:

As developments warrant, GAC Support staff will provide updated materials to various session links on this web page right up until the start of the ICANN73 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 org for the ICANN73 virtual community forum. That documentation is developed for every GAC meeting 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 ICANN org document will be posted on this page after an email notice is made to GAC Members and Observers. 

As they become available, this web page section will also provide links to preview and briefing document prepared by the GSN Support staff and the ICANN org Policy development team. 

For each ICANN Public Meeting, the ICANN organization (“ICANN org”) 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 accessing any of these briefing documents. 

Individual GAC ICANN73 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 ICANN73 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 regarding any of these virtual session preparations or arrangements. 


Wednesday, 16 February 2022

ICANN Org-CEO Pre-ICANN73 Oral Briefing for the GAC
14:00 - 15:00     UTC     |    Closed Session

Monday, 28 February 2022

GAC Pre-ICANN73 Oral Briefing
14:00 - 15:00     UTC     |    Closed Session

Thursday, 03 March 2022

Pre-ICANN73 GAC Welcome Webinar
10:00 - 11:00     UTC     |    Closed Session

Monday, 07 March 2022

13:00 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 16:00     UTC

16:30 - 17:15     UTC

17:15 - 18:00     UTC

18:30 - 20:00     UTC

20:30 - 21:30     UTC

Tuesday, 08 March 2022

13:00 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:15     UTC

15:15 - 16:00     UTC

16:30 - 17:00     UTC

17:00 - 18:00     UTC

18:30 - 19:15     UTC

19:15 - 20:00     UTC

20:30 - 21:30     UTC

Wednesday, 09 March 2022

13:00 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 16:00     UTC

16:30 - 18:00     UTC

18:30 - 20:00     UTC

20:30 - 21:30     UTC

Thursday, 10 March 2022

13:00 - 14:00     UTC

14:30 - 15:30     UTC

15:30 - 16:00     UTC

16:30 - 18:00     UTC

18:30 - 20:00     UTC

20:30 - 21:30     UTC