The day finally arrived. October 17th, 2012. Community members from Latin America and the Caribbean met at the ICANN45 meeting in Toronto to discuss a strategic plan for the region.
For the first time ever, regional representatives from each constituency or stakeholder group got together to discuss a draft plan that was conceived during our last meeting in Prague.
At ICANN meetings outside of my region, I used to call informal gatherings with folks to talk about ICANN activities and their projects and initiatives. The concept of having a strategic plan that would help engagement and outreach arose during the ICANN meeting in Prague, when I introduced Fadi Chehadé, our then-incoming President and CEO, to my friends in the region.
Since that day, we have been discussing a draft document that was presented a couple of weeks ago. This document is the result of community input and consultation with all relevant stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Useful input and guidance came from At-Large structures working in the LACRALO, Governments participating in the GAC, current and past Board Members, and leaders of regional organizations such as LACNIC, LACTLD and eCom LAC.
The draft document has identified 10 main objectives including developing and deploying DNS infrastructure in the region, incorporating themes of interest in ICANN agenda, expanding the role of SSAC in the region and tailoring a focused targeted fellowship program, among others. The tone of the objectives and lines of action are aimed at identifying projects and initiatives where ICANN can add value.
The plan acknowledges that there are many outstanding regional initiatives on its way and that ICANN should partner with leading organizations to help them become more successful. Hear some of the opening comments.
During the last part of the session to discuss the way forward for this initiative, it was proposed to create a small steering committee to polish the draft document and pave the way towards implementation.
It was very heartening to have in the room, colleagues from the African group encouraging us as a region to continue with the good work. They have my deepest gratitude. Even though both regions have different needs and focus, I am sure we could find synergies and learning opportunities
This is just the beginning. We are all aware that there is the need of aligning and prioritizing objectives to serve the various realities in our region. Let’s work together. Our region deserves this joint effort.
I would like to thank all of the participants, those at Toronto and also all of those participating remotely. My gratitude to our CEO for addressing the regional community, board members, moderators, speakers and all of the community present at our meeting.