ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice: Dublin Communiqué (October 2015)

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GAC Advice: Dublin Communiqué (October 2015)

Resolution of the ICANN Board
GAC Advice: Dublin Communiqué (October 2015)

GAC Advice: Dublin Communiqué (October 2015)

Meeting Date: 
Wed, 3 Feb 2016
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN 55 meeting in Dublin, Ireland and issued a Communiqué [PDF, 165 KB] on 21 October 2015 ("Dublin Communiqué").

Whereas, the ICANN Board New gTLD Program, which was decommissioned in October 2015, previously adopted a series of scorecards to respond to certain items of the GAC's advice concerning the New gTLD Program. The Board has developed another iteration of the scorecard to respond to the advice in the Dublin Communiqué.

Resolved (2016.02.03.15), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Dublin Communiqué 21 October 2015: Actions and Updates (3 February 2016)" [PDF 136 KB] in response to items of GAC advice in the Dublin Communiqué.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Article XI, Section 2.1 of the ICANN Bylaws permit 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." The GAC issued advice to the Board on various matters, including the New gTLD Program, in its Dublin Communiqué (21 October 2015). 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. The Board and the GAC will then try in good faith to find a mutually acceptable solution. If no solution can be found, the Board will state in its final decision why the GAC advice was not followed.

The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) previously addressed items of the GAC's advice concerning new gTLDs issued in Communiqués from Beijing (April 2013), Durban (July 2013), Buenos Aires (November 2013), Singapore (March 2014), London (June 2014), Los Angeles (October 2014), Singapore (February 2015), and Buenos Aires (June 2015). The NGPC was decommissioned in October 2015, and the Board continues to maintain general oversight and governance over the New gTLD Program and provide strategic and substantive guidance on New gTLD-related topics as the current round of the Program comes to a conclusion. The Board is taking action to address the new advice from the GAC in the Dublin Communiqué related to the New gTLD Program, as well as other advice. The Board's actions are described in scorecard dated 3 February 2016 [PDF, 136 KB].

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

GAC Beijing Communiqué [PDF, 238 KB] (April 2013); GAC Durban Communiqué [PDF, 103 KB] (July 2013); GAC Buenos Aires Communiqué [PDF, 97 KB] (November 2013); GAC Singapore Communiqué [PDF, 147 KB] (as amended) (March 2014); GAC London Communiqué [PDF, 138 KB] (June 2014); GAC Los Angeles Communiqué [PDF, 127 KB] (October 2014); GAC Singapore Communiqué [PDF, 113 KB] (February 2015); GAC Buenos Aires Communiqué [PDF, 106 KB] (June 2015); GAC Dublin Communiqué [PDF, 165 KB] (October 2015)
Applicant responses to GAC advice: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/gac-advice/
Applicant Guidebook, Module 3: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb/objection-procedures-04jun12... [PDF, 260 KB]
9 November 2015 letter [PDF, 294 KB] from the Registry Stakeholder Group to the ICANN Board regarding the GAC's advice in the Dublin Communiqué regarding the use of two-character country codes.

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 on the New gTLD Program and other matters. 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.