While the GAC continues its deliberations on the protection of the names and acronyms of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) against inappropriate third-party registration.
The GAC advises the ICANN Board that:
- in the public interest, implementation of such protection at the second level must be accomplished prior to the delegation of any new gTLDs, and in future rounds of gTLDs at the second and top level.
The GAC believes that the current criteria for registration under the .int top level domain, which are cited in the Applicant Guidebook as a basis for an IGO to file a legal rights objection, provide a starting basis for protecting IGO names and acronyms in all new gTLDs.
Building on these criteria, the GAC and IGOs will collaborate to develop a list of the names and acronyms of IGOs that should be protected. Pending further work with ICANN on specific implementation measures for this initiative, the GAC believes this list of IGOs should be approved for interim protection through a moratorium against third-party registration prior to the delegation of any new gTLDs.
GAC Acknowledgement of Register Entry
15 November 2012
Next Steps/Required Action
Board to respond -
5 December 2012 11 January 2013, 16 January 2013
GAC/IGOs to develop a list of IGOs seeking protections -
28 February 2013 22 March 2013
ICANN Board - Response Completed
Target Completion Date
Response submitted on 16 January 2013
Current Status/Communications Log
Board Action (Accept/Disagree)
16 January - 'In response to and in line with the GAC's advice provided in its Toronto Communique that '[the] list of IGOs should be approved for interim protection through a moratorium against third party registrartion prior to the delegation of any new gTLDs,' the Board's New gTLD Program Committee adopted a resolution on 26 November 2012 that lays the groundwork for providing protections for IGO names and acronyms at the second level, in time for the introduction of the new gTLDs within the first application round. Subject to the receipt of input identifying that doing so would raise a concern with the global public interest or the security or stability of the DNS, the New gTLD Program Committee resolved to include the following names or acronyms on a Reserved Names List:
'The Specific IGO names to be protected shall be those names or acronyms that: 1) qualify under the current existing criteria to register a domain name in the .int gTLD; and 2) have a registered .int domain OR a determination of eligibility under the .int criteria; and 3) apply to ICANN to be listed on the reserved names list for the second level prior to the delegation of any new gTLDs by no later than 28 February 2013.'
The Board understands from the Toronto Communique that the GAC and IGOs are collaborating to develop a list of the names and acronyms of IGOs that should be protected. The Board requests a status on the work to create this list. In the even that it is not feasible for the GAC to provide such a list by 28 February 2013, the new gTLD Program Committee's resolution will allow for IGO names and acronyms to be identified in sufficient time to allow for the names to be included on the Reserved Names List. Of note, the New gTLD Program Committee was guided by the GAC's comment that 'The GAC believes that the current criteria for registration under the .int top level domain, which are cited in the Applicant Guidebook as a basis for an IGO to file a legal rights objection, provide a starting basis for protecting IGO names and acronyms in all new gTLDs' in forming its resolution. Absent a list from the GAC, the protection will be available to those IGOs meeting the current criteria for registration under the .int top-level domain. The 28 February 2013 deadline is important; the reserved names list must be finalized as ICANN prepared to enter into negotiations for the first new gTLDs to enter the root under the new gTLD Program.'