Middle East Developments Cause Cancellation of ICANN Jordan Meeting

by Barbara Ann Clay on February 18, 2011

ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided not to hold the June 20-24 ICANN Public Meeting in Amman, Jordan.

ICANN’s goal is always to facilitate the participation of as many people as possible in our bottom-up, multi-stakeholder community. The Board reluctantly made its decision after closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments affecting the Middle East. The decision reflects the Board’s view that regional developments could have a negative impact on attendance at the meeting.

We would like to offer our warm thanks to our Jordanian hosts, who were extremely constructive and helpful throughout the planning and preparation stages of the meeting. It is our sincere hope that Jordan might be willing to extend its kind hospitality to ICANN again in the future.

More details about the meeting location will be forthcoming soon.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

UnitedDomains 02.18.11 at 12:32 pm

When will ICANN anounce the new location?

Francisco Jose Cordoba 02.18.11 at 4:13 pm

The rumours appear to show the new place for the ICANN meeting will be held in Singapour.

Charles Shaban 02.20.11 at 3:17 am

I think ICANN took a fast and bad decision this time! Many previous events affected the region before and Jordan was never affected.

This decision will make a lot of disappointment for many in our region like it did to me.

Timothy 02.20.11 at 1:52 pm

Only someone totally tone-deaf to irony could write or publish this statement.

“ICANN’s goal is always to facilitate the participation of as many people as possible in our bottom-up, multi-stakeholder community. The Board reluctantly made its decision after closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments affecting the Middle East. The decision reflects the Board’s view that regional developments could have a negative impact on attendance at the meeting.”

Bashar Al-Abdulhadi 02.21.11 at 3:22 am

ICANN had held meetings in worse places than the middle east in the past, remember Nairobi, Kenya?

i don’t see why would Jordan be anything close to any scary scenarios

tercüme 02.23.11 at 4:30 am

“ICANN’s goal is always to facilitate the participation of as many people as possible in our bottom-up, multi-stakeholder community.

Charles Shaban 03.07.11 at 12:19 am

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