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ICANN changes Panama meeting dates to avoid Muslim holiday

Kevin Murphy, May 3, 2017, Domain Policy

ICANN has changed the dates of next year’s ICANN 62 public meeting to accommodate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Eid is the movable festival marking the end of the fasting month Ramadan, when observant Muslims are allowed to start eating during daylight hours again.

In 2018, it runs from June 14-15, which would have made things difficult for Muslims hoping to attend ICANN’s mid-year meeting, previously slated to begin June 18.

So ICANN has pushed it back a week. ICANN 62 will now begin June 25. As a mid-year Policy Forum, it is the shortest meeting of the year.

The meeting is due to be held in Panama City, Panama.

Its the second change for the Panama meeting. ICANN had originally planned to meet there for ICANN 56 in mid-2016, but relocated the event to Helsinki due to the panic about Zika virus.

ICANN going to Panama for 56th meeting

Kevin Murphy, October 1, 2015, Domain Policy

Panama has been selected as the venue for ICANN’s 56th public meeting.

The ICANN board of directors approved the location a few days ago.

The meeting will be held in June next year in Panama City.

ICANN 56 falls between the March meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and October’s meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The final meeting of 2015 happens in Dublin, Ireland in a couple of weeks.

The structure of ICANN meetings changes next year, so the Panama gathering will be the first example of a four-day schedule that eschews traditional sessions such as the opening ceremony and public forum.