ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice : Abu Dhabi Communiqué (November 2017)

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GAC Advice : Abu Dhabi Communiqué (November 2017)

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Sun, 4 Feb 2018
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN60 meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and issued advice to the ICANN Board in a communiqué [PDF, 596 KB] on 1 November 2017 (Abu Dhabi Communiqué).

Whereas, the Abu Dhabi Communiqué was the subject of an exchange between the Board and the GAC on 14 December 2017.

Whereas, in a 6 December 2017 letter [PDF, 723 KB], the GNSO Council provided its feedback to the Board concerning advice in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué relevant to generic top-level domains to inform the Board and the community of gTLD policy activities that may relate to advice provided by the GAC.

Whereas, the Board developed an iteration of the scorecard to respond to the GAC's advice in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué, taking into account the exchange between the Board and the GAC and the information provided by the GNSO Council.

Resolved (2018.02.04.13), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Abu Dhabi Communiqué: Actions and Updates (4 February 2018)" [PDF, 99 KB] in response to items of GAC advice in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Article 12, Section 12.2(a)(ix) of the ICANN Bylaws permits the GAC to "put issues to the Board directly, either by way of comment or prior advice, or by way of specifically recommending action or new policy development or revision to existing policies."

In its Abu Dhabi Communiqué (1 November 2017), the GAC issued advice to the Board on: protection of names and acronyms of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) in gTLDs; enabling inclusive, informed and meaningful participation in ICANN; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and WHOIS; and, applications for .AMAZON and related strings. The ICANN Bylaws require the Board to take into account the GAC's advice on public policy matters in the formulation and adoption of the polices. If the Board decides to take an action that is not consistent with the GAC advice, it must inform the GAC and state the reasons why it decided not to follow the advice. Any GAC advice approved by a full consensus of the GAC (as defined in the Bylaws) may only be rejected by a vote of no less than 60% of the Board, and the GAC and the Board will then try, in good faith and in a timely and efficient manner, to find a mutually acceptable solution.

At this time, the Board is taking action to address the advice from the GAC in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué. The Board's actions are described in scorecard dated 4 February 2018 [PDF, 99 KB].

In adopting its response to the GAC advice in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué, the Board reviewed various materials, including, but not limited to, the following materials and documents:

Abu Dhabi Communiqué (1 November 2017): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gac-to-icann-01nov1... [PDF, 596 KB]
The GNSO Council's review of the advice in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué as presented in the 6 December 2017 letter to the Board: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/forrest-et-al-to-ch... [PDF, 723 KB]
The adoption of the GAC advice as provided in the scorecard will have a positive impact on the community because it will assist with resolving the advice from the GAC concerning gTLDs and other matters.

This action is in furtherance of ICANN's Mission as the Board is obligated under the Bylaws to consider the GAC's advice on public policy matters. This is also in the public interest, as the Board is considering the views of the GAC as well as other parts of the community in resolving these pending items of advice.

There are no foreseen fiscal impacts associated with the adoption of this resolution.

Approval of the resolution will not impact security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS.

This is an Organizational Administrative function that does not require public comment.