Besides our regular monthy call (3rd Tuesday each month), we launched a call for nominations for one (out of two) regional selected ALAC members. Sandra Hoferichter, the incumbent who did an excellent job during her first term, was broadly re-approved for a second term. Sandra is the driving force behind the proposal for an ICANN Academy and Chair of the related ALAC WG. A first pilot of this project will be organized at the upcoming ICANN 45 in Toronto in October. EURALO nominated its next regional delegate for the NomCom 2013. After two broadly appreciated years, Yrjö Lansipuro could not be re-nominated (without a break) and the new regional nominee – to be selected by ALAC – is Veronica Cretu, a previous ALAC member from Moldavia. On 23 - 24 August, the 12th meeting of the ICANN-Studienkreis was convened in Oslo, Norway, with around 80 participants and an interesting program on current ICANN issues. See: http://www.icann-studienkreis.net/
As every year, EURALO was involved in the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) held in Meissen / Germany during the last week of July. For its 6th edition, EuroSSIG received 110 applications from various countries all over the world. Out of this, 25 applicants were approved representing 22 countries, from Malaysia, India, Comoros Islands, Botswana, Burundi, Niger, Brazil and Peru etc. with a majority from Europe (Armenia, Albania, France, Germany, Norway, Serbia and Ukraine). Over the years, EuroSSIG with its unique faculty became a most cherished advanced training opportunity on the particularities of Internet Governance with more than 175 fellows from all over the world. See: http://www.euro-ssig.eu/
As indicated in the previous reports, EURALO had two highlights this month: its 5th annual General Assembly (GA) in the eve of the EuroDIG in Stockholm what was well attended by around ten of our members (what means a good quorum in regard of a non-funded meeting). During ICANN 44 at the end of June EURALO organized and conducted the 10th ALAC Anniversary event in Prague what became a success for the whole community and was much appreciated. Wolfgang Kleinwächter elucidated the role and vivid history of the user representation at ICANN over the years. Olivier Crepin-Leblond spoke about ALAC's further mission and vision. See: ALAC Anniversary Event Schedule - June 2012
This month’s activities were marked by follow ups of previous engagements (EuroDIG and Prague preparations). As EURALO will convene its next (5th) annual General Assembly (GA) in the eve of the upcoming EuroDIG in Stockholm, a first announcement and invitation to member ALSes was sent in time (according to our Bylaws regulations) four weeks prior to the event. Several EURALO members participated in the WSIS Forum and the IGF open consultations in Geneva. We are confident that around ten members may make it to our GA on 13 June in Stockholm attending the following EuroDIG. We noted with pleasure that the GA in 2013 (inline with the following EuroDIG) will be funded by ICANN and thus enabling a broader participation of our members (the first GA after Mexico-City in March 2009).