ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice: ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué (June 2021)
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Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum and issued advice to the ICANN Board in a Communiqué on 21 June 2021 (ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué).
Whereas, the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué was the subject of an exchange between the Board and the GAC on 29 July 2021.
Whereas, in a 27 July 2021 letter, the GNSO Council provided its feedback to the Board concerning advice in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué relevant to International Governmental Organizations (IGO) Protections; Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT) Review Recommendations; Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Phase 1 Policy Implementation, and Privacy Proxy Services Accreditation Implementation.
Whereas, the Board developed a scorecard to respond to the GAC's advice in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué, taking into account the dialogue between the Board and the GAC and the information provided by the GNSO Council.
Resolved (2021.09.12.03), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué: Actions and Updates (12 September 2021)" in response to items of GAC advice in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum 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 ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué (21 June 2021), the GAC issued advice to the Board on IGO protections. The GAC also provided follow-up to previous advice regarding CCT Review Recommendations, EPDP Phase 1 Policy Implementation, and Privacy Proxy Services Accreditation Implementation. 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.
The Board is taking action today on the GAC Consensus Advice to the ICANN Board in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué, including the items related to IGO Protections.
The Board's actions are described in the scorecard dated 12 September 2021.
In adopting its response to the GAC advice in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué, the Board reviewed various materials, including, but not limited to, the following materials and documents:
ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué (21 June 2021): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gac-to-icann-21jun2...
The GNSO Council's review of the advice in the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum Communiqué as presented in the 27 July 2021 letter to the Board: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/fouquart-to-icann-b...
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.