NCPH Intersessional

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The Non-Contracted Parties House periodically holds an Intersessional meeting that gathers representatives from all of the non-contracted communities of the GNSO. The representatives gather as a group with ICANN staff and ICANN board members outside of a typical ICANN Public Meeting setting to discuss longer-range substantial community issues. While in recent memory the meeting has come to be held annually, no Intersessional was held in 2014, and there were discussions in 2017 around whether the meeting should be held every second year, or merged with the Global Domains Division Industry Summit. It is unclear as to whether there will be an Intersessional in 2019.

2018 Intersessional (Los Angeles, United States)

The fifth Intersessional will be held in Los Angeles, United States in February 2018 following the GNSO Council Strategic Planning Session. The Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) has played a critical role in the development of the meeting agenda, and representatives of the NCSG are co-chairing all of the formal sessions.

The location of Los Angeles was chosen because of budgetary reasons; the meeting is being held directly after the GNSO Council Strategic Planning Session, saving on travel costs for 22 participants, and because senior ICANN staff are based in this city. Many senior staff did not travel to the Intersessional in Iceland, resulting in feedback from participants that moving forward they would appreciate the participation of the CEO.

2017 Intersessional (Reykjavik, Iceland)

The fourth Intersessional, and first held outside of the United States, was held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 14 to 15 February 2017. Iceland was chosen because of its geographic location, roughly in between the US and Europe, making it convenient for most participants to reach.

Participants

Community

Board

Staff

2016 Intersessional (Los Angeles, United States)

The third Intersessional was held in Los Angeles, United States from 4 to 5 February 2016.

2015 Intersessional (Washington D.C., United States)

The second Intersessional was held in Washington D.C., United States from 12 to 13 January 2015.

2013 Intersessional (Los Angeles, United States)

The first Intersessional was held in Los Angeles, United States from 29 to 30 January 2013.