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GAC Advice

The GAC provides advice to the ICANN Board on policy matters where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s policies and various laws, international agreements and public policy objectives. GAC Advice is communicated to the ICANN Board through either a Communique or a formal piece of Correspondence. This area of the website provides you with full access to both types of GAC Advice as well as the comprehensive historical list of GAC advice provided to the Board and links connecting that advice to its outcome using the ICANN Board Advice Registry tool.

REF. NO. TITLE DELIVERED VIA FIRST DATE DELIVERED
2017-10-01 Applications for .amazon and related strings
2017-10-01 Applications for .amazon and related strings
ICANN60 GAC Communique
02 Nov 2017
1509580800000
2017-10-01 GDPR/WHOIS
2017-10-01 GDPR/WHOIS
ICANN60 GAC Communique
02 Nov 2017
1509580800000
2017-10-01 Enabling inclusive, informed and meaningful participation in ICANN
2017-10-01 Enabling inclusive, informed and meaningful participation in ICANN
ICANN60 GAC Communique
02 Nov 2017
1509580800000
2017-10-01 Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Protections
2017-10-01 Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Protections
ICANN60 GAC Communique
ICANN60 GAC Communique
02 Nov 2017
1509580800000
2017-06-29 Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Protections
2017-06-29 Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Protections
ICANN59 GAC Communique
29 Jun 2017
1498694400000
2017-03-15 Protection of the Red Cross and Red Crescent designations and identifiers
2017-03-15 Protection of the Red Cross and Red Crescent designations and identifiers
ICANN58 GAC Communique
15 Mar 2017
1489536000000
2017-03-15 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse
2017-03-15 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse
ICANN58 GAC Communique
15 Mar 2017
1489536000000
2017-03-15 2-Character Country/Territory Codes at the Second Level
2017-03-15 2-Character Country/Territory Codes at the Second Level
ICANN58 GAC Communique
15 Mar 2017
1489536000000
2017-03-15 IGO Protections
2017-03-15 IGO Protections
ICANN58 GAC Communique
15 Mar 2017
1489536000000
2016-01-05 Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT2)
2015-06-24 Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT2)1
GAC Principles and Guidelines for the Delegation and Administration of Country Code Top Level Domains - Role of Government or Public Authority
05 Apr 2005
1112702400000
2016-11-08 Two-letter country/territory codes at the second level
2016-11-08 Two-letter country/territory codes at the second level
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent/Red Crystal Identifiers and names of national committees
2016-11-08 Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent/Red Crystal Identifiers and names of national committees
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Protection of IGO Names and Acronyms
2016-11-08 Protection of IGO Names and Acronyms
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Underserved Regions
2016-11-08 Underserved Regions
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Future gTLDs Policies and Procedures: Process and Timing
2016-11-08 Future gTLDs Policies and Procedures: Process and Timing
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Enhancement of mutual cooperation and understanding
2016-11-08 Enhancement of mutual cooperation and understanding
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse
2016-11-08 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-11-08 String similarity Review
2016-11-08 String similarity Review
ICANN57 GAC Communique
08 Nov 2016
1478563200000
2016-03-09 Future gTLDs Rounds : Public Policy Issues
2016-03-09 Future gTLDs Rounds : Public Policy Issues
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2016-03-09 Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues
2016-03-09 Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2016-03-09 Work Scheduling and Work Management
2016-03-09 Work Scheduling and Work Management
GAC Principles Regarding New gTLDs
28 Mar 2007
1175083200000
2015-02-11-Protection of Names and Acronyms Red Cross/Red Crescent
2015-02-11-Protection of Names and Acronyms Red Cross/Red Crescent
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Protection of Names and Acronyms for Intergovernmental Organizations
2015-02-11-Protection of Names and Acronyms for Intergovernmental Organizations
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 Protection for IGOs
2015-10-21 Protection for IGOs
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 Use of 2-letter Country Codes and Country Names at the Second Level
2015-10-21 Use of 2-letter Country Codes and Country Names at the Second Level
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 Visas
2015-10-21 Visas
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 gTLD Safeguards : Current Round
2015-10-21 gTLD Safeguards : Current Round
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 Future gTLD Rounds
2015-10-21 Future gTLD Rounds
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-10-21 Community Priority Evaluation
2015-10-21 Community Priority Evaluation
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-06-24 Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT2)
2015-06-24 Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT2)
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-06-24 Community Priority Evaluation
2015-06-24 Community Priority Evaluation
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-06-24 Protection for Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs)
2015-06-24 Protection for Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs)
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-06-24 gTLD Safeguards
2015-06-24 gTLD Safeguards
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Release of Two-Letter Codes and Country Names at the Second Level
2015-02-11-Release of Two-Letter Codes and Country Names at the Second Level
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Public Safety and Law Enforcement
2015-02-11-Public Safety and Law Enforcement
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Framework of Interpretation Working Group (FOIWG) Report
2015-02-11-Framework of Interpretation Working Group (FOIWG) Report
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11 - Safeguards Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
2015-02-11 - Safeguards Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Accountability and Transparency
2015-02-11-Accountability and Transparency
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-WHOIS
2015-02-11-WHOIS
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-Country and Territory Names
2015-02-11-Country and Territory Names
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2015-02-11-International Law, Human Rights and ICANN
2015-02-11-International Law, Human Rights and ICANN
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Reviews of First Round of New gTLDs and Preparation for Subsequent Rounds
2014-10-16-Reviews of First Round of New gTLDs and Preparation for Subsequent Rounds
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Community Priority Evaluation Process
2014-10-16-Community Priority Evaluation Process
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-GAC Open Forum
2014-10-16-GAC Open Forum
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Accountability and Transparency
2014-10-16-Accountability and Transparency
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Transition of US Stewardship of IANA and Strengthening ICANN Accountability
2014-10-16-Transition of US Stewardship of IANA and Strengthening ICANN Accountability
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Release of 2-Character Names at the Second Level
2014-10-16-Release of 2-Character Names at the Second Level
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Safeguard Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
2014-10-16-Safeguard Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Protection of Red Cross / Red Crescent Names
2014-10-16-Protection of Red Cross / Red Crescent Names
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Protection of Inter-Governmental Organisation (IGO) Names and Acronyms
2014-10-16-Protection of Inter-Governmental Organisation (IGO) Names and Acronyms
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-WHOIS
2014-10-16-WHOIS
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs
2014-10-16-Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-10-16-Human Rights, International Law and ICANN
2014-10-16-Human Rights, International Law and ICANN
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 GAC Open Forum
2014-06-25 GAC Open Forum
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 Geographic Names
2014-06-25 Geographic Names
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 Protection of Children
2014-06-25 Protection of Children
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 intergovernmental organizations and Acronyms
2014-06-25 intergovernmental organizations and Acronyms
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 .spa
2014-06-25 .spa
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 Accountability and Transparency
2014-06-25 Accountability and Transparency
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 Human Rights
2014-06-25 Human Rights
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 .africa
2014-06-25 .africa
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 WHOIS
2014-06-25 WHOIS
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 RCRC
2014-06-25 RCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 - Cat 1- Cat 2
2014-06-25 - Cat 1- Cat 2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-06-25 .wine/.vin
2014-06-25 .wine/.vin
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-WHOIS-1
2014-03-27-WHOIS-1
GAC Principles Regarding WHOIS Services
28 Mar 2007
1175040000000
2014-03-27-wine-vin
2014-03-27-wine-vin
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-HLM
2014-03-27-HLM
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-spa
2014-03-27-spa
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27 - amazon
2014-03-27 - amazon
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-IGO
2014-03-27-IGO
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-ATRT2
2014-03-27-ATRT2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27 Community Applications
2014-03-27 Community Applications
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-IANA-transition
2014-03-27-IANA-transition
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-ram-indians
2014-03-27-ram-indians
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-Plural-Strings
2014-03-27-Plural-Strings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-Data Retention Waivers
2014-03-27-Data Retention Waivers
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2014-03-27-RCRC
2014-03-27-RCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-IGO
2013-11-20-IGO
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-islam-halal
2013-11-20-islam-halal
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-GeoTLDs
2013-11-20-GeoTLDs
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-Cat1-Cat2
2013-11-20-Cat1-Cat2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-guangzhou
2013-11-20-guangzhou
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-spa
2013-11-20-spa
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-shenzhen
2013-11-20-shenzhen
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-wine-vin
2013-11-20-wine-vin
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-11-20-IOC-RCRC
2013-11-20-IOC-RCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-09-09-wine and vin
2013-09-09-wine and vin
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-GeoNames
2013-07-18-GeoNames
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Registry/Registrar Agreements
2013-07-18-Registry/Registrar Agreements
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-date and persiangulf
2013-07-18-date and persiangulf
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Security and Stability
2013-07-18-Security and Stability
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Community Applications
2013-07-18-Community Applications
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-IGO Acronyms
2013-07-18-IGO Acronyms
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-wine and vin
2013-07-18-wine and vin
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-gTLDStrings
2013-07-18-gTLDStrings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Category 1
2013-07-18-Category 1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Obj-Amazon
2013-07-18-Obj-Amazon
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Red Cross Acronyms
2013-07-18-Red Cross Acronyms
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-indians and ram
2013-07-18-indians and ram
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-07-18-Obj-Thai
2013-07-18-Obj-Thai
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-Categories-2
2013-04-11-Safeguards-Categories-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-IGO
2013-04-11-IGO
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Obj-GCC
2013-04-11-Obj-GCC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-PluralStrings
2013-04-11-PluralStrings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Obj-Africa
2013-04-11-Obj-Africa
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-PICSPEC
2013-04-11-PICSPEC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-1
2013-04-11-Safeguards-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-IOCRC
2013-04-11-IOCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-WHOIS
2013-04-11-WHOIS
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Religious Terms
2013-04-11-Religious Terms
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-5
2013-04-11-Safeguards-5
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-6
2013-04-11-Safeguards-6
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-gTLDStrings
2013-04-11-gTLDStrings
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-4
2013-04-11-Safeguards-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-Categories-1
2013-04-11-Safeguards-Categories-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-3
2013-04-11-Safeguards-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-Safeguards-2
2013-04-11-Safeguards-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-RAA
2013-04-11-RAA
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-10-17-EW
2012-10-17-EW
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-10-17-IOCRC
2012-10-17-IOCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-10-17-IGO
2012-10-17-IGO
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-10-17-EW1
2012-10-17-EW1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-IOCRC
2012-06-28-IOCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-RAA-1
2012-06-28-RAA-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-IDN-2
2012-06-28-IDN-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-RootZone
2012-06-28-RootZone
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-COI
2012-06-28-COI
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-EAG
2012-06-28-EAG
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-IDN-3
2012-06-28-IDN-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-Compliance
2012-06-28-Compliance
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-TC
2012-06-28-TC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-WHOISRT
2012-06-28-WHOISRT
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-ApplicantSupport
2012-06-28-ApplicantSupport
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-28-IDN-1
2012-06-28-IDN-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-17-EWandAdvice-2
2012-06-17-EWandAdvice-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-06-17-Batching-1
2012-06-17-Batching-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-04-12-IGO
2012-04-12-IGO
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2013-04-11-CommunitySupport
2013-04-11-CommunitySupport
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-IOCRC-1
2012-03-16-IOCRC-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-JAS-1
2012-03-16-JAS-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-gTLD-5 subsequent rounds
2012-03-16-gTLD-5 subsequent rounds
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-gTLD-1
2012-03-16-gTLD-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-gTLD-3-rootZoneScaling
2012-03-16-gTLD-3-rootZoneScaling
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-LEA-1
2012-03-16-LEA-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-gTLD-4
2012-03-16-gTLD-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-10-27-LEA-2
2011-10-27-LEA-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-10-27-COI-1
2011-10-27-COI-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-09-14-IOCRC-1
2011-09-14-IOCRC-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-05-12-IOCRC
2011-05-12-IOCRC
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-09-14-UDRP-1
2011-09-14-UDRP-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-08-04-JAS-1
2011-08-04-JAS-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-06-23-LEA-1
2011-06-23-LEA-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-06-23-gTLD-1
2011-06-23-gTLD-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-06-23-JAS-1
2011-06-23-JAS-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2011-03-18-ICM-1
2011-03-18-ICM-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2012-03-16-gTLD-2-EW
2012-03-16-gTLD-2-EW
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2010-03-10-IDN-2
2010-03-10-IDN-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2010-03-10-IDN-1
2010-03-10-IDN-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2010-03-10-IDN-5
2010-03-10-IDN-5
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2010-03-10-IDN-3
2010-03-10-IDN-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2010-03-10-IDN-4
2010-03-10-IDN-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2008-04-16-WHOIS-7
2008-04-16-WHOIS-7
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2008-04-16-WHOIS-6
2008-04-16-WHOIS-6
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2008-04-16-WHOIS-5
2008-04-16-WHOIS-5
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-gTLD-4
2007-03-28-gTLD-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-gTLD-3
2007-03-28-gTLD-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-WHOIS-4
2007-03-28-WHOIS-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-WHOIS-I
2007-03-28-WHOIS-I
GAC Principles regarding gTLD WHOIS Services
28 Mar 2007
1175083200000
2007-03-28-gTLD-1
2007-03-28-gTLD-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-gTLD-2
2007-03-28-gTLD-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-WHOIS-3
2007-03-28-WHOIS-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-WHOIS-1
2007-03-28-WHOIS-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2007-03-28-WHOIS-2
2007-03-28-WHOIS-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-8
2005-04-05-ccTLD-8
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-3
2005-04-05-ccTLD-3
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-4
2005-04-05-ccTLD-4
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-1
2005-04-05-ccTLD-1
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-5
2005-04-05-ccTLD-5
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-2
2005-04-05-ccTLD-2
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-7
2005-04-05-ccTLD-7
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A
2005-04-05-ccTLD-6
2005-04-05-ccTLD-6
DRAFT:Not yet delivered
N/A