ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice: Helsinki Communiqué (June 2016)
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Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Helsinki Communiqué: Actions and Updates (13 December 2016)" [PDF, 298 KB] in response to items of GAC advice in the Helsinki Communiqué.
Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN56 meeting in Helsinki, Finland and issued advice to the ICANN Board in a Communiqué [PDF, 328 KB] on 30 June 2016 ("Helsinki Communiqué").
Whereas, the Helsinki Communiqué was the subject of an exchange [PDF, 301 KB] between the Board and the GAC on 20 July 2016.
Whereas, on 11 August 2016, the GNSO Council provided feedback [PDF, 436 KB] to the Board concerning advice in the Helsinki 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 Helsinki Communiqué, taking into account the exchange between the Board and the GAC and the information provided by the GNSO Council.
Resolved (2016.12.13.05), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Helsinki Communiqué: Actions and Updates (13 December 2016)" [PDF, 298 KB] in response to items of GAC advice in the Helsinki Communiqué.
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 Helsinki Communiqué (30 June 2016), the GAC issued advice to the Board on various matters including: (1) policies and procedures for future rounds of the New gTLD Program, (2) GNSO consensus policy recommendations on privacy and proxy accreditation, (3) permitting registry operators to allow registration of two-letter domain names at the second level that correspond to country/territory codes, (4) permitting three-letter codes in the ISO-3166 list as gTLDs in future rounds, and (5) protection of names and acronyms of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) in all gTLDs. 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 Helsinki Communiqué. The Board's actions are described in scorecard dated 13 December 2016 [PDF, 298 KB]. In adopting its response to the GAC advice in the Helsinki Communiqué, the Board reviewed various materials, including, but not limited to, the following materials and documents:
Helsinki Communiqué (30 June 2016): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gac-to-board-30jun1... [PDF, 328 KB]
The GNSO Council's review of the advice in the Helsinki Communiqué as presented in a 11 August 2016 letter to the Board (https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-crocker-1... [PDF, 436 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. 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.