[ALAC-ExCom] ICANN Summit on Developing Countries - Invitation to a preparatory meeting in Singapore

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Jun 9 22:43:12 UTC 2011

Dear Katim,

thank you for your kind message which has been circulated to At-Large

Besides Tijani Ben Jemaa, whom I believe is already closely working with
you on the project, our two official representatives will be Alan
Greenberg (GNSO Liaison to the ALAC) and Dev Anand Teelucksingh
(Secretary of LACRALO).
Carlton Samuels (ALAC Executive Committee Rapporteur) will also be
present, but not as a panellist. Several At-Large members have asked to
attend and I hope that they will be able to enter the room, bearing in
mind the 35 people only capacity.

Sadly, I shall not be able to attend due to a clash with the "Workshop
on Metrics for Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice".
Nonetheless, be assured that you have my full support for this
initiative and I am looking forward to hear of good progress being made
in Singapore.

Warm regards,

Olivier Crépin-Leblond
ALAC Chair

Le 05/06/2011 20:57, Katim S. Touray a écrit :
> Dear all,
> This is to follow up on your responses to the invitation I sent out a
> few weeks back about the preparatory meeting on the ICANN Summit on
> Developing Countries (ISDC).  First of all, I would like to say a big
> "Thanks!" to the many of you and members of your communities that have
> responded positively to the idea of having the ISDC.
> Secondly, I would like to offer my sincere apologies to all of you for
> my late delay in getting back to you with regards to the issues raised
> in some of your responses to my invitation.  The main reason for my
> delay in replying was that I wanted to first clear up the issue of the
> date for the meeting, given the clear conflicts that would have been
> caused by having the meeting on Sun., June 19, as initially proposed. 
> I'm glad to that that matter has now been resolved.
> The main issues raised, and proposed solutions to them are as follows:
>    1. *Meeting Date:*  We are now scheduled to have our meeting from
>       12:30 to 14:00 in the VIP Lounge on Wedns., June 22
>       (http://singapore41.icann.org/node/24793).  We now have a spot
>       (http://singapore41.icann.org/full-schedule) that conflicts with
>       only one workshop and an all day ccNSO members meeting. Please
>       note that our slot is during what would be a lunch break for
>       other participants.
>    2. *Admission:* The meeting is now open, so we don't get into the
>       problem of having to deny entrance to those genuinely interested
>       in helping out.
>    3. *Participation:* I suggest we still maintain the formula of
>       having two official representatives per SO/AC to speak and vote
>       on behalf of their communities. So we still would have roughly
>       the same number of official representatives, along with some
>       board members we were planning on having.
> Other issues I would like to mention are:
>    1. *Venue:*  The venue has a capacity of 35, so please come early
>       to get a seat.  There will also be simultaneous interpretation
>       into French and Spanish. I understand we will also have
>       facilities to support remote participants
>    2. *Agenda:*  I have prepared a draft agenda, as shown in the
>       attached meeting backgrounder document.  I propose we run a
>       tight ship so we can get through the agenda effectively, and
>       efficiently. The attached document also includes a proposed work
>       plan for preparing for the Summit, and terms of reference for
>       resource persons preparing the discussion papers.
>    3. *Chair:*  I propose we decide before the meeting who's going to
>       Chair it.  We can have the discussion online, and toward that
>       and other ends, I have requested that a mailing list be set up. 
>       I will let you know the details when I it has been, if we indeed
>       get it!
>    4. *Everything's Draft:*  You are more than welcome to comment on
>       the contents of the attached prep meeting backgrounder.  I only
>       prepared it to help us have a successful meeting, and plan the
>       ISDC better.
>    5. *Mandate:*  This invitation and indeed the proposal is NOT, and
>       should NOT be construed as an official communication from the
>       Board of Directors of ICANN.  Although I have presented the idea
>       at various times to the board and its Public Participation
>       Committee meetings, a formal decision has not yet been taken on
>       the matter. Please accept my sincere apologies if you had the
>       impression that the ICANN Board has officially signed off on
>       this idea.
>    6. *Distribution:*  Finally, I would like to say that I would
>       appreciate it if you can kindly share this with your community
>       mailing lists to spread the word, and get feedback on the
>       proposals presented.
> Again, thanks so much again for all your support, and safe travels to
> Singapore!
> Sincerely,
> Katim
> On Sun, May 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM, Katim S. Touray <kstouray at gmail.com
> <mailto:kstouray at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Dear all,
>     I am writing to invite you to send two representatives from your
>     SO/AC/group to attend a preparatory meeting to help organize a
>     proposed ICANN Summit on Developing Countries.
>     A number of ICANN stakeholders, and myself, have been having
>     online discussions since early last month about having an ICANN
>     Summit on Developing Countries.  The attached file is the original
>     proposal for the Summit, which is aimed at providing the ICANN
>     community an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion on
>     developing countries, their role in ICANN, and the way forward.
>     In view of the fact that the Oct. 2011 ICANN annual public meeting
>     will be held in Dakar, Senegal, the aim is to have the Summit
>     there.  The Summit will include presentations and discussions on
>     the following topics:
>        1. A backgrounder on developing countries (what is a
>           "developing country" or "least developed country,"
>           socio-economic development in these countries, Internet and
>           ICT development in these countries)
>        2. ICANN and developing countries (ICANN's relationship with
>           ccTLDs, international organizations of developing countries,
>           governments, NGOs, and businesses in developing countries, etc)
>        3. Participation of Developing Countries in ICANN: Challenges,
>           Opportunities, and the Way Forward
>     The meeting in Singapore will have about 20 or so invitees from
>     the SOs, ACs, liaisons, other stakeholders, as well as some ICANN
>     board members and staff.  The tentative agenda for the Singapore
>     meeting will consist of the following:
>        1. What the proposed Summit will discuss?
>        2. Who will be on the panel of presenters?
>        3. The format for the Summit
>        4. (S)election of Summit Organizing Committee (SOC)
>     Additional details of the Singapore meeting are as follows:
>     *Date:* Sunday, June 19, 2011
>     *Time:* 09:00-10:30 (90 minutes)
>     *Location:* Raffles Ballroom
>     *Service:* Simultaneous Interpretation in French and Spanish
>     Please let me know when you have selected your representatives to
>     the meeting, and who they are.
>     Thank you in advance for your consideration, and please do not
>     hesitate to let me know if you need any additional information
>     from me.
>     Sincerely,
>     Katim

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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