ICANN Resolutions » GAC Advice: Marrakech Communiqué (June 2019)

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GAC Advice: Marrakech Communiqué (June 2019)

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Sun, 8 Sep 2019
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) met during the ICANN65 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and issued a communiqué on 27 June 2019 ("Marrakech Communiqué"), which contains follow-up to previous advice but no new consensus advice. The follow-up to previous advice concerns the .AMAZON applications, Two-Character Country Codes as Second Level Domain Names, and WHOIS and Data Protection.

Whereas, in a 19 July 2019 letter, the GNSO Council provided its feedback to the Board concerning the follow-up to previous advice contained in the Marrakech Communiqué.

Whereas, the Board developed a scorecard to respond to the GAC's follow-up to previous advice in the Marrakech Communiqué, taking into account previous dialogue between the Board and the GAC on the topics as well as the information provided by the GNSO Council.

Resolved (2019.09.08.09), the Board adopts the scorecard titled "GAC Advice – Marrakech Communiqué: Actions and Updates (8 September 2019)" in response to items of GAC follow-up to previous advice in the Marrakech 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 Marrakech Communiqué (27 June 2019), the GAC issued follow-up to previous advice to the Board on .AMAZON applications, Two-Character Country Codes as Second Level Domain Names, and WHOIS and Data Protection. The GAC did not provide any new items of consensus advice. 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 all follow-up items in the Marrakech Communiqué.

The Board's actions are described in the scorecard dated 8 September 2019.

In adopting its response to the GAC follow-up to previous advice in the Marrakech Communiqué, the Board reviewed various materials, including, but not limited to, the following materials and documents:

Board resolution of 27 January 2019 regarding the Barcelona Communiqué: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-01-27-en...

Board resolutions of 15 May 2019 regarding the Kobe Communiqué and .AMAZON: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-05-15-en...

Marrakech Communiqué (27 June 2019): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gac-to-icann-27jun1... [PDF, 135 KB]

The GNSO Council's review of the follow-up to previous advice in the Marrakech Communiqué as presented in the 19 July 2019 letter to the Board: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/drazek-et-al-to-cha...

The adoption of the GAC follow-up to previous 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.