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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.


GAC Advice

Reference No. :


First Delivered 27 Mar 2014 via :

ICANN49 Singapore Communique


Consensus met


9. Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent Names

Referring to the previous advice that the GAC gave to the board to permanently protect from unauthorised use the terms associated with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – terms that are protected in international legal instruments and, to a large extent, in legislation in countries throughout the world.

I. The GAC advises that, for clarity, this should also include:

a. the 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in English and the official languages of their respective states of origin.

b. The full names of the International Committee of the Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the six (6) United Nations Languages.

Current Status/Communications Log

Board Scorecard - Updated 14 May 2014

Scorecard Response:

The NGPC adopted a resolution at its 4 June 2013 meeting to accept the previous advice issued in the Beijing Communiqué to “amend the provisions in the new gTLD Registry Agreement pertaining to the
IOC/RCRC names to confirm that the protections will be made permanent prior to the delegation of any new gTLDs” The New gTLD Registry Agreement adopted by the NGPC on 2 July 2013 included protections for an indefinite duration for IOC/RCRC names. Specification 5 of the approved Registry Agreement included a list of names (provided by the IOC and RCRC Movement) that “shall be withheld from registration or allocated to Registry Operator at the second level within the TLD.”

This protection was added pursuant to a NGPC resolution to maintain these protections “until such time as a policy is adopted that may require further action” (2012.11.26.NG03). The resolution recognized the GNSO’s initiation of an expedited PDP. The Final Report with consensus policy recommendations was submitted to the Board for consideration on 7 February 2014. On 30 April 2014, the Board took action to adopt the GNSO policy recommendations that are not inconsistent with GAC Advice received by the Board on the topic of protections for certain identifiers of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. With respect to the GNSO policy recommendations that differ from the GAC Advice (including this item of GAC Advice) the Board requested additional time to consider them, and will facilitate discussions among the relevant parties to reconcile any remaining differences between the policy recommendations and the GAC advice on the topic. (To note, the GNSO policy recommends that instead of reserving the RCRC society names as advised by the GAC, the names should be bulk added to the Trademark Clearinghouse.)

Board Scorecard - 8 September 2014