conflict resolutions

ICANN chief to step down in early 2016

Hours after announcing his resignation, Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, left, fields questions from members of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (Lacnic) at the Lacnic 23 conference, held in Lima, Peru on May 21. At right is Oscar Robles-Garay, CEO of Lacnic. Photo: Gerard Best
Hours after announcing his resignation, Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, left, fields questions from members of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (Lacnic) at the Lacnic 23 conference, held in Lima, Peru on May 21. At right is Oscar Robles-Garay, CEO of Lacnic. Photo: Gerard Best

By Gerard Best

LIMA, Peru—The head of the non-profit group that oversees all Internet addresses will step down in March 2016.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and CEO Fadi Chehadé sent notice to the board on May 21 telling them that he would leave after an annual meeting to be held in Morocco in March.

Hours after the news broke on Agence France Presse (AFP), Chehadé addressed representatives of the regional Internet community gathered in Lima for an annual conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC).

He said that during the remaining 10 months of his tenure, ICANN would redouble efforts to give greater power to the global, multistakeholder Internet community of governments, businesses, organisations and users, so that no single entity would have the authority to determine the future of the Internet.

Chehadé has been overseeing ICANN’s transition away from the longstanding US-centred arrangement toward a more global oversight of ICANN’s core responsibility for the Internet.

Chehadé had earlier commended the ICANN staff for moving the organisation from a predominantly US-based operation to a global institution with offices and relationships spread around the world.

At stake in the transition process is the control of a vital stake in the rapidly growing global digital economy, which could exceed 4.2 trillion US dollars by 2016, according to a Boston Consulting Group study.

“As the digital economy grows, the pressure to take control of things will grow as well, and it is incumbent upon us to show that we are prepared and mature and ready,” he said.

For the last 25 years, ICANN has been contracted by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to manage the assignment of Internet names and numbers globally. That collection of responsibilities is referred to as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship function.

Chehadé’s resignation will take effect shortly after the US government receives a plan to implement the transition of the IANA stewardship function to Icann and the global Internet community, including Regional Internet Registries such as LACNIC. A release from ICANN said Chehadé would remain available to support the transition to a new leader after March 2016 as well as to advise the board on the IANA transition.

“I am deeply committed to working with the board, our staff, and our community to continue ICANN’s mission as we still have much to accomplish,” Chehadé told AFP.

“I think this is the right time and the right thing to do.”

Chehadé has also also overseen the launch of new top-level domains, such as .google and .cricket. That process that has increased ICANN revenues under his tenure and brought the operations of the nonprofit agency under heightened global scrutiny.

Chehadé said he has accepted a job in the private sector, outside of the domain name space which ICANN supervises. He said he would disclose the name of his new employer later this year.

Anger management and conflict resolutions workshops begin

OAS Representative in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Starret Greene

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts(CUOPM) – A project aimed at addressing anger management and conflict resolutions in the schools in St. Kitts and Nevis was launched on Tuesday.

The project was launched at the University of the West Indies Center, at Fortlands, through the convening of the first of a series of 20 workshops, fifteen (15) to be held in St. Kitts and five (5) to be conducted in Nevis.

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI), has teamed up with the Ministry of Education in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to sponsor a project that will address anger management and conflict resolution issues in schools.

In March of 2010, the OAS approved funding for the implementation of a technical cooperation project entitled “Anger Management and Conflict Resolution Programme in Schools.”

According to the project coordinator, Ms. Jackie Fleming, who is also the Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education, each workshop would allow for the training of 32 teachers from primary and secondary schools in both St. Kitts and Nevis.

Speaking at the workshop OAS Representative in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Starret Greene said the hemispheric organisation “is obligated to help the current generation of young people to be friendly with each other, to be more tolerant, more courteous, and more sensitive to each other’s feelings, to be kinder and gentler, to respect differences in each other and to exhibit a spirit of cooperation and collaboration in their daily interaction.”

The OAS Diplomat also said that “we should continuously exhort young people to reject deviant and anti-social behaviors, not to associate with evil companions and to teach them how to deal with conflicts whenever they arise.”

Minister of Education and Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Osmond Petty, also spoke at the event.

Participants in the workshop included high ranking education officials, counselors, principals, and teachers of both primary and secondary schools.

The workshop is being facilitated by Mr. Neilson Waithe of Barbados, who is also the consultant and trainer for the project.