ICANN Resolutions » 2003-03-12 - Letter from WIPO
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Board believes GNSO should initiate policy-development process concerning issues in WIPO letter, but requests ICANN first solicit comments from Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.
Whereas, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) sent ICANN a letter dated 21 February 2003 providing information about two decisions, concerning recommendations about the names and acronyms of International Intergovernmental Organizations and about country names, which WIPO member states requested be transmitted to ICANN;
Whereas, Article XI-A, Section 1(6) of the bylaws provides that "The Governmental Advisory Committee, in addition to the Supporting Organizations and other Advisory Committees, shall have an opportunity to comment upon any external advice received prior to any decision by the Board";
Whereas, the WIPO recommendations appear to be directed to substantive policies relating to generic top-level domains, and are thus within the policy-development scope of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO);
Whereas, the Board believes that in the future a policy-development process should be initiated in the GNSO concerning issues discussed in the WIPO letter, but believes that the formulation of the issues would benefit from comments from Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees before the process is formally initiated;
Resolved [03.22] that Board hereby requests the President to inform the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Supporting Organizations, and the other Advisory Committees of the 21 February 2003 letter from WIPO; to provide those bodies with a copy of the text of the letter; and to invite them to provide, no later than 12 May 2003, any comments they may formulate, according to their processes, concerning the matters discussed in the WIPO letter.
(The Board approved the above resolution by a 15-0-0 vote.)