[EURO-Discuss] EURALO - RIPE MoU Signing Ceremony

Olawale Bakare wales.baky at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 2 15:37:32 UTC 2017

Dear Olivier,

Thank you for this.

With regards,


On 2 Nov 2017 19:00, "Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond" <ocl at gih.com> wrote:

Dear EURALO members,

Wednesday 1st November 2017 was a historical day as EURALO signed a
cooperation agreement (MoU) with Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), the Regional
Internet Registry that serves our region.
This will allow for more cooperation between the RIPE community focussing
on allocation of IP addresses, and the region's At-Large Community. At this
stage we are opening the door to making European users more aware of the
work that RIPE does, whilst opening a channel for end user feedback to RIPE.

Please be so kind to find the final text of the MoU attached, noting that
this is the text that received no objection from anyone in EURALO.

I am therefore delighted to announce the news of this milestone. I hope
that it will enable multiple, constructive synergies between our
communities and organisations. EURALO and RIPE have been very successful in
collaborating indirectly as founder partners of EuroDIG, the European
Dialogue on Internet Governance, At this stage, I would need to thank many
people, including At-Large Staff, and you, dear colleagues, for being
constructive in bringing this milestone forward.

In my short speech yesterday, I thanked the people and At-Large Structures
that were physically present at the 29 March 2007 signing of the EURALO MoU
with ICANN. That was the very beginning of our region's coordination.

But one person in particular deserves our strongest appreciation and
thanks, and that's Wolf Ludwig. He held EURALO together for so many years.
He did all of the groundwork, with colleagues in the region, to make sure
EURALO was a Founding Partner of EuroDIG, in effect, the European IGF. He
constantly made EURALO significant on so many levels, both inside ICANN and
in outside Internet Governance circles. Wolf is a key architect of this
On a personal note Wolf is also one of my mentors at ICANN. When I
initially got involved at ICANN, Wolf suggested that I'd be EURALO's IPv6
"expert" - and that step was the first step into all of the different
positions that I held in this organisation and his welcoming attitude
allowed me to have all the wonderful experiences that I have lived so far
in this amazing organisation.

Thus I wanted, with your permission, to suggest dedicating the signing of
the EURALO-RIPE MoU to Wolf. He could unfortunately not join us in person
in Abu Dhabi due to health reasons, but he sure was in all of our minds
when the MoU was signed.

Thank you,

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond

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