ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice: Hyderabad Communiqué (November 2016)

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GAC Advice: Hyderabad Communiqué (November 2016)

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Fri, 3 Feb 2017
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN57 meeting in Hyderabad and issued advice to the ICANN Board in a Communiqué [PDF, 638 KB] on 8 November 2016 ("Hyderabad Communiqué").

Whereas, the Hyderabad Communiqué was the subject of an exchange [PDF, 224 KB] between the Board and the GAC on 15 December 2016.

Whereas, in a 21 December 2016 letter [PDF, 433 KB], the GNSO Council provided feedback to the Board concerning advice in the Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad Communiqué, taking into account the exchange between the Board and the GAC and the information provided by the GNSO Council.

Resolved (2017.02.03.14), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Hyderabad Communiqué: Actions and Updates (3 February 2017) [PDF, 67 KB]" in response to items of GAC advice in the Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad Communiqué (8 November 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) mitigating domain name abuse; (3) permitting registry operators to allow registration of two-letter domain names at the second level that correspond to country/territory codes; (4) protection of names and acronyms of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) in gTLDs; (5) protection of identifiers of the Red Cross/Red Crescent/Red Crystal in gTLDs; (6) the GAC's Underserved Regions activities; (7) the guidelines for the Extended Process String Similarity Review Panel for internationalized domain name (IDN) ccTLDs; and (8) enchantments to the mutual cooperation and understanding between the GAC, ICANN Board, and Supporting Organizations. 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 Hyderabad Communiqué. The Board's actions are described in scorecard dated 03 February 2017 [PDF, 67 KB].

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

Hyderabad Communiqué (8 November 2016): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gac-to-icann-08nov1... [PDF, 638 KB]
The GNSO Council's review of the advice in the Hyderabad Communiqué as presented in a 21 December 2016 letter to the Board (https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-crocker-2... [PDF, 433 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.