Thursday, August 13, 2015

ICANN, ELAC sign MoU on Internet-related issues

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the highest-ranking United Nations authority on economic affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean- ECLAC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Internet-related issues, reports ITRealms.

The MoU was consummated at a bilateral meeting held in Mexico City within the framework of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, both organisation agreed to build a cooperative relationship to work on areas of common interest related to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

They also expressed mutual recognition for the significant work each of them does within their remit, including eLAC - a mechanism of political dialog that ECLAC initiated ten years ago - and significant work by ICANN in the industry around the Internet's naming system, known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Further, the two organizations underscored the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join efforts in several areas of common interest related to Internet issues.

In his remarks, the outgoing ICANN President and CEO, Mr. Fadi Chehadé, highlighted the significance of this MoU signed with ECLAC, which seeks to increase cooperation and collaboration between both organizations.

"We are indeed grateful for this cooperation and collaboration opportunity, which will further enhance support for the Internet multistakeholder model and, of course, we are enthusiastic about contributing to ECLAC's outstanding work in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean," he said.

Equally both organizations expressed commitment to explore opportunities aimed at building a cooperative relationship to work on several areas of common interest, such as promoting the development of ICTs within the region and fostering a regional network of stakeholders and decision-makers that could contribute to ICANN's policy development processes.


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Pic: ICANN president Chehade and ELAC representative @ MoU signing

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