The Latin America and the Caribbean Region Strategy Continues to Evolve

On 1 June 2020, our Global Stakeholder Engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) opened a Public Comment period for the new version of the 2021-2025 LAC Strategy. After celebrating five years of the start of the strategy in 2018, I remember looking back to when we only had a handful of colleagues from Latin America and the Caribbean, how our LAC community grew, and how this community-led strategy has shaped successful and meaningful participation from stakeholders in the region. Because of this, our regional participation in ICANN is stronger than ever. Before we start the new cycle of our strategy, we want to hear your feedback.

What Is New in This Cycle of the LAC Strategy?

The LAC Strategy Council, under the support of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC GSE), has developed a new Regional Strategic Plan in line with ICANN’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.

The LAC Strategy Council identified four of the five strategic focus areas set in ICANN’s Strategic Plan as relevant to the LAC region:

Security of the Domain Name System (DNS)
ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model
Unique Identifier Systems
Regional Geopolitics
A set of goals were set under each key area of interest. These goals were adjusted to fit the needs and demands of the region. The LAC Strategy Council then identified targeted outcomes and activities for each key area of interest.

We Want to Hear From You

We believe that our community-led initiatives can only be successful if we have your feedback. We invite you to submit your comment about the strategy here. The draft of the document is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Your submission, including responses to questions, and your name, will be published in the Public Comment archive on ICANN org’s website. If you have any questions regarding the Public Comment, please contact

After you submit your comment, the LAC Strategy Council will discuss and assess the results, which will be added to the final strategy document. Once the final strategy document is ready, an implementation plan will be developed.
Domain Name SystemInternationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “”a-z””. An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen “”-“”. The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of “”labels”” (separated by “”dots””). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an “”A-label””. All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a “”U-label””. The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for “”test”” — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of “”ASCII compatible encoding”” (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an “”LDH label””. Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as”””” is not an IDN.”

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