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ITU-D Membership Acknowledgement

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

Whereas, after discussion and support from the Board, ICANN organization applied for ITU-D sector membership, and also sought a fee waiver for membership, if approved.

Whereas, ICANN's engagement with the ITU-D is based on the importance of effective engagement within the ITU and its membership, alongside other members of the technical community, in order to effectively communicate the role of ICANN, and, as appropriate to defend our Mission and multistakeholder processes.

Whereas, in June 2019, ICANN was informed that its application for sector membership was approved, and that the fee waiver was granted.

Resolved (2019.09.08.06), the Board thanks the ITU for the approval of ICANN's application as a sector member of the ITU-D, and thanks the ITU for the granting of the fee waiver. The Board directs ICANN's President and CEO, or his designee, to review the appropriate next steps for ICANN's participation within the ITU-D following the approval of the application and in accordance with ICANN's organizational engagement strategy.

Rationale for Resolution: 

As part of the technical community, ICANN has had a long history of engagement with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In the past, as part of the now-defunct Technical Liaisons Group (TLG), the ITU was responsible for seating a liaison to the ICANN Board every third year. Though the TLG was disbanded a few years ago, the ability to maintain engagement opportunities with the ITU has remained important to ICANN.

ICANN's application for sector membership to the ITU-D, and the resulting approval of that application on a fee-waived basis, is an important recognition of the reciprocal relationship between the two organizations. ICANN's ability to serve as a sector member in the ITU-D provides an opportunity for ICANN org to effectively communicate the role of ICANN, and as appropriate, to defend ICANN's Mission and multistakeholder processes.

This action is within ICANN's mission as ICANN's engagement with other technical organizations serves and enhances ICANN's ability to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier system. It is in the public interest in that it upholds and recognizes the role of other entities in the broader ecosystem and the value in keeping open lines of communication, as well as upholding the value of ICANN's multistakeholder model.

This action is not expected to have an impact on ICANN's resources or a direct impact on the security or stability of the Internet's DNS. This is an Organizational Administrative Function for which public comment is not required.