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Implementation of Consensus Policy for the Protection of Red Cross & Red Crescent Identifiers

18 February 2020

LOS ANGELES – 18 February 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has revised the Protection of International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy, to reflect an updated reserved names list for certain Red Cross and Red Crescent names at the second level of the Domain Name System (DNS).

To view the revised policy, click here.

This policy update is the implementation of the consensus policy developed by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and adopted by the ICANN Board in January 2019. ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties (registries and registrars) will have until 1 August 2020 to comply and update their reserved names.

Additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Working Group and IGO and INGO Implementation Review Team (IRT) wiki pages.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.