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ccNSO Regions Working Group Report of the ICANN Geographical Regions Posted for Public Comments

22 June 2007

The ICANN Geographic Regions form the basis of the regional structure of the ALAC and ccNSO, and are used to ensure the geographic diversity of the ICANN Board, ccNSO and GNSO Council. The Geographic Regions are defined by:

  1. Assigning countries to geographic regions on the basis of the United Nations Statistics Division's current classifications of "Countries or areas, codes and abbreviations," as revised 16 February 2000, and "Composition of macro geographic (continental) regions and component geographical regions," as revised 16 February 2000; and
  2. Some territories in a physical/geographic area are assigned to an
    ICANN Geographic Region on the basis of citizenship of the persons from that area. These territories are grouped together with the country of citizenship for that area.

As the next step in the process, the Working Group would appreciate input from ccTLD managers and other stakeholders, including the GAC, on the report generally and on the following questions in particular:

  1. Do the concerns as described in Section B of the report adequately
    represent the concerns? If not, please indicate what needs to change.
  2. Do you support the recommendations (Section D) of the Working Group?

If not, please indicate if you support any of the other options detailed in Section C.

At the ccNSO Lisbon meeting, the ccNSO ICANN Geographical Regions Working Group presented a progress report. The Working Group was further tasked
with:

  1. Revising its draft report is the light of discussions in Lisbon, and
  2. Circulating the draft to ccTLD managers to:
    1. ensure their opinions concerning regions were included in the report, and
    2. establish whether or not there was general support for the recommendations of the Working Group.

Based on the feedback received, the draft report and its recommendations have been further amended. As the next step in the process, the Working Group would appreciate input from ccTLD managers and other stakeholders, including the GAC, on the report generally and on the following questions in
particular:

  1. Do the concerns as described in Section B of the report adequately
    represent the concerns? If not, please indicate what needs to change.
  2. Do you support the recommendations (Section D) of the Working Group?

If not, please indicate if you support any of the other options detailed in Section C.

Comments on this working group report can be posted until 9th July to geo-regions-comments@icann.org and reviewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/geo-regions-comments