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ICANN Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016-2020


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Resolution Number: 
2014.10.16.15
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, ICANN's Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016 – 2020 is the result of an extensive, collaborative, bottom-up, multistakeholder and multilingual process that began in April 2013 online and at the ICANN meeting in Beijing (and is detailed online).

Whereas, the Strategic Plan provides a new ICANN Vision, reiterates ICANN's existing Mission, and describes five Strategic Objectives, each with Strategic Goals, Key Success Factors, and Strategic Risks.

Whereas, to compliment the Strategic Plan, a Five-Year Operating Plan provides—for each Strategic Objective and Goal—portfolios of ICANN activities, key operational success factors, operational risks, key performance indicators, key dependencies, and phasing over five years (at the Goal level), and together these plans will serve as a foundation for the annual operating plans and budgets.

Resolved, (2014.10.16.15) that the ICANN Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016 – 2020 is adopted, and ICANN's President and CEO is directed to take actions necessary to publish and execute the Plan.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The Strategic Plan provides ICANN's Vision, restates ICANN's Mission, and sets forth five Strategic Objectives, each with Strategic Goals, Key Success Factors (Outcomes), and Strategic Risks. It will guide ICANN's activities in fiscal years 2016 through 2020 and inform ICANN's operating plans and budgets.

To provide the public with more insight and advance ICANN's accountability and transparency, Measurements (Key Performance Indicators) and high-level, five-year phasing have been expanded upon in a Five-Year Operating Plan that compliments the Strategic Plan. A new element of ICANN's planning process, the Five-Year Operating Plan details—for each Strategic Objective and Goal—portfolios of ICANN activities, key operational success factors (outcomes), risks, key performance indicators (measurements), key dependencies, and phasing over five years (at the Goal level).

Beginning with fiscal year 2016, the Strategic Plan–along with the Five-Year Operating Plan–will inform the annual operating plans and budgets. The annual operating plans and budgets will address the resource requirements of the strategies, as well as impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS, and any necessary risk mitigation actions.

The progress of work, accomplishments toward goals and effectiveness of strategies will be managed and reported through ICANN's managements systems, including through a set of key success factors and key performance indicators. These will inform an annual planning check to validate that the organization is on-track, or that adjustments are needed.

ICANN's Strategic Plan is the result of an extensive, collaborative, bottom-up, multistakeholder, and multilingual process that began in April 2013 online and at the ICANN meeting in Beijing. ICANN has sought extensive public input on its key challenges and opportunities and on strategic areas highlighted by ICANN's Board. Public comments, and community discussions (detailed here) involving ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Stakeholder Groups, Constituencies, and Advisory Committees, have informed all elements of the Strategic Plan. Responses to all public comments received on the draft strategic plans and can be found here [PDF, 808 KB] and here [PDF, 414 KB]. The Strategic Plan also reflects work and input on related initiatives, such as the Security, Stability and Resiliency Framework, the Regional Engagement Strategies, and Strategy Panel strategic themes.