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ICANN held its 39th public meeting in the sunny city of Cartagena De Indias, Colombia during Dec 5-10, 2010. The meeting held close to 1000 participants from 100+ countries from around the world. The meeting was held at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center which is located in the old Spanish city.
Prior to the meeting, all eyes were on the approval of the new gTLDs program; a program that has created waves of criticisms due to the huge change it can bring to the Internet. Another key issue was discussing the .xxx application.
At the board retreat, the ICANN Board came out with resolutions that can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm.
One of the staggering outcomes of the ICANN meeting - for me as a Jordanian - was the approval of Amman - the capital of Jordan - as the country that will host the 41st meeting during June 19-24, 2011 (http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm#9). It was great news to my country! You are all welcome to attend the meeting as we - as the local-host - have many surprises to our honored guests and esteemed delegates.