ICANN has released for public comment a draft of the three year ICANN Strategic Plan. The public comment period will commence today and will end on 15 January 2005 at 17:00 UTC.
ICANN regards the Strategic Plan as a tool for guiding ICANNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s use of its resources to best enable ICANNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s mission.
This Plan does not seek to make any statement or limitation on how the Internet community may seek to engage the ICANN policy forum, or prescribe any future direction for policy development.
The Strategic Plan is a rolling three year plan covering the fiscal years 2004/5 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 2006/7, subject to change as new issues emerge and new priorities are established. Because an initial version of this plan was prepared in 2003, some figures include the 2003/4 fiscal year, as well.
The Plan is an essential business tool for budget planning in ICANNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s development to assess that community-derived priorities are appropriately funded, that resources arenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t consumed by an emphasis on the wrong goals, and that where resources are committed to unanticipated demands, this be accounted for in future planning.
The process of developing and approving the Strategic Plan does not replace the annual budget process, but is a supplement to that process to assist long-term planning.
ICANN encourages public comment to ensure that community concerns are addressed and accounted for in the Strategic Plan. A lengthy public comment period has been established to allow ample discussion of the Strategic Plan, even through the upcoming holiday season and beyond.
Following the public comment period, all relevant comments will be taken into consideration for finalisation of the 2004/5 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 2006/7 Strategic Plan. The final version of this Strategic Plan will be approved by the ICANN Board and posted online. A process for updating the Strategic Plan will also be submitted for approval to the ICANN Board.