In Cameroon, the first Universal Acceptance Day is being hosted by Africa Center for Advocacy in collaboration with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG).

The online meeting will take place on the 4th April 2023

The meeting is open to government, expert, and students who works or are interested in ICT issues, specifically on domains names issues


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28 March 2023 marks the first-ever Universal Acceptance Day being celebrated worldwide. Universal Acceptance (UA) is a technical requirement that ensures all valid domain names and email addresses, regardless of script, language, or character length, can be equally used by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. The day provides an opportunity to rally local, regional, and global communities and organizations to spread UA awareness and encourage UA adoption with key stakeholders.


UA Day consist of UA awareness and technical training sessions hosted by the UASG including its UA Ambassadors and UA Local Initiatives, ICANN, and interested global partners and organizations. The sessions will aim to engage and mobilize top technical and language communities, companies, governments, and Domain Name System (DNS) industry stakeholders to better understand the benefits of UA and how to make their own systems UA-ready.



UA is a technical requirement that ensures all valid domain names and email addresses can be used by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. While the DNS has changed in recent years, the checks used by many software applications to validate domain names and email addresses remain outdated. Many systems do not recognize or appropriately process new domain names. These domain names include new generic top-level domains (e.g., .photography), Internationalized Domain Names (e.g.,एमईआईटीवाई/, 红螺寺.网址,صحة.مصر, стопкоронавирус.рф), and country code top-level domains (e.g., .ไทย). In addition, not all online portals are primed for the opening of a user account with a related email address. That is why awareness of and support for UA is critical for a truly global, multilingual Internet.



The current Internet population is made up of more than 5 billion active users, and at least one billion more are expected to come online by 2023. Achieving UA for all valid domain names and email addresses is crucial to enabling consumer choice online and achieving digital inclusivity for all of these users. Further, there are important economic and social benefits of supporting multilingual Internet users in their ability to access and connect to ecommerce, local communities and governments, as well as to embrace and proliferate cultural traditions through language.



The UASG is a community-led initiative that was formed in 2015 and funded by ICANN. It is made up of representatives from more than 120 companies, governments, and community groups. The UASG works to raise awareness of the importance of UA globally, provide free resources to organizations to help them become UA-ready, and measure the progress of UA adoption. To learn more, visit



ThACA is a non-profit organization based in Cameroon that uses a rights-based approach to

ensure that all citizens participate in the decision-making process to address the challenges of  issues related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.To learn more, visit