Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Adopted Board Resolutions | Mexico

6 March 2009
  1. Update on GNSO Improvements
  2. Individual Users in the GNSO
  3. GNSO Constituency Renewals
  4. Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space 2
  5. Location of the First 2010 ICANN Meeting in Africa
  6. IDN ccTLD Fast Track
  7. Protection for Trademarks in New gTLDs
  8. Protection for Geographic Terms in New gTLDs
  9. Amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement
  10. Approval of Charters of ICANN Board Committees
  11. BGC Recommendation for Approval of the Ombudsman Framework
  12. ICANN Board Term Transition Proposal
  13. President's Strategy Committee Report
  14. Public Participation Committee Plan for Timely Posting of Materials
  15. Board Response to Discussions Arising from Mexico City Meeting
  16. Congratulations for Successful At-Large Summit
  17. Thanks to Milton Mueller
  18. Thanks to Demi Getschko
  19. Thanks to Dave Wodelet
  20. Thanks to Staff, Scribes, and Event Teams
  21. Thanks to Sponsors
  22. Thanks to Mexican Government and Local Hosts

1. Update on GNSO Improvements

(For discussion.)

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2. Individual Users in the GNSO

(For discussion.)

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3. GNSO Constituency Renewals

Whereas, the ICANN Board requested that existing constituencies confirm their status with the Board by the February 2009 ICANN Meeting, and requires constituencies to formally confirm their status every 3 years to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements of Article X, Section 5, subsection 3 of the ICANN Bylaws. This is intended to be an opportunity for existing constituencies to demonstrate compliance with the principles of representativeness, openness, transparency and fairness set forth in the ICANN Bylaws.

Whereas, the six constituencies have complied with the Board’s direction, and a forum, which closed 25 February 2009, solicited public comments on their submissions.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.01), that the Board acknowledges and thanks the six GNSO constituencies for their submissions and awaits completion of the following activities: 

(1) Staff analysis of constituencies' submissions and public comments, and identification of changes that the Board may want to request each constituency to make over the coming months to ensure that their charters (and subsequent activities), comply with the principles contained in the Bylaws, and expanded upon in the GNSO Improvements Report and subsequent GNSO restructuring resolutions approved by the Board last year.

(2) Follow-up submissions from constituencies, as needed, provided to the Board no later than its June 2009 meeting to confirm that the constituencies have implemented recommended changes.

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4. Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space

Whereas, on 4 February 2009, the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC) forwarded a Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space from IANA to RIRs, to be handled by the Board in line with the Board’s Review Procedures for Global Internet Number Resource Policies Forwarded for Ratification by the ASO Address Council in Accordance with the ASO MoU.

Whereas, the ASO AC has verified that consensus has been duly achieved in all RIRs for this Proposal.

Whereas, the Proposal was forwarded by ICANN staff to all of ICANN's Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations on 4 February 2009.

Whereas, the Proposal was posted for public comments on the ICANN website <http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-05feb09-en.htm> on 5 February 2009 and, by the deadline of 26 February 2009, one comment had been received, expressing support for the Proposal.

Whereas, on 5 March 2009, the ASO AC submitted advice in full support of the Proposal to the Board.

Whereas, the Proposal gives clear direction for the allocation of the last remaining IPv4 address blocks in the IANA free pool, thereby increasing predictability concerning this matter for the community.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.02), that the Board hereby ratifies the Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space as a Global Policy and instructs ICANN staff to implement its provisions in a timely manner and ensure that its provisions can take effect as stated.

5. Location of the First 2010 ICANN Meeting in Africa

(For discussion.)

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6. IDN ccTLD Fast Track

Whereas, the second revision of the Draft Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was posted for public comments prior to the ICANN meeting in Mexico City, in order to generate additional community discussion on that topic during and after the meeting.

Whereas, the Board has received advice from the GAC and the ccNSO on the Draft Implementation Plan; see <http://gac.icann.org/web/communiques/gac33com.pdf>; [link to ccNSO resolution to be added when available].

Whereas, the Board notes that the GAC and the ccNSO are in agreement that: more information is needed to support the cost recovery rationale identified in the Draft Implementation Plan; Documentations of Responsibilities should be encouraged but voluntary; financial contributions should be made on a voluntary basis and not be imposed as a condition for delegation; and future IDN ccTLDs should adhere to all relevant standards, including the IDNA protocol.

Whereas, significant additions have been made on the implementation details of the Plan, including a first draft of the Documentation of Responsibility: a standard arrangement between IDN ccTLD operators and ICANN; and the usage of IDN Tables and variant strings.

Whereas, other stakeholders and the Board believe that additional discussion, investigation and analysis is necessary to determine whether there should be a requirement for (i) Documentation of Responsibility, (ii) financial contributions, and (iii) adherence to the IDN Guidelines and IDN technical standards such as the IDNA protocol.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.03), that the Board thanks the ICANN community for its work to date and encourages it to continue its work so that the implementation plan can be finalized and considered by the Board no later than at its annual meeting in 2009.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.04), that the Board directs staff to work towards completion of the Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process by, among other tasks, continuing consultation on the Documentation of Responsibility, including a specification for adherence to the IDN Guidelines and IDN technical standards such as the IDNA protocol.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.05), that the Board directs staff to rapidly provide the community with financial information on ICANN costs attributable to ccTLDs, including the costs associated with IDN ccTLDs, that will inform the creation of a financial model for cost contributions to the launch and continued management of the IDN ccTLDs.

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7. Protection for Trademarks in New gTLDs

Whereas, based on the public comment submissions received regarding the New gTLD Draft Applicant Guidebook, ICANN Staff has determined that the implementation issues involving trademark protection need additional community input and analysis. These issues exist today within the existing gTLDs.

Whereas, members of the community with knowledge and expertise in this area have proposed a way to synthesize the comments received in this area, and, with input from the broader community, including WIPO, propose solutions to the Staff on these issues in a timely manner.

Whereas, the board recognizes that resolution of these issues would be beneficial to the introduction of new gTLDs, it is

Therefore resolved (2009.03.06.06), that the Board requests the GNSO's Intellectual Property Constituency in consultation with staff to convene an Implementation Recommendation Team comprised of an internationally diverse group of persons with knowledge, expertise, and experience in the fields of trademark, consumer protection, or competition law, and the interplay of trademarks and the domain name system to develop and propose solutions to the overarching issue of trademark protection in connection with the introduction of new gTLDs.

It is further resolved that the Implementation Recommendation Team will be comprised principally from the organizations and persons that proposed such solutions in the public comment period on the first draft Applicant Guidebook, and the Implementation Recommendation Team would use the solutions proposed in the public comments as its starting point for development.

The board directs the Implementation Recommendation Team to solicit input from the interested constituencies prior to its first session to ensure broad community input at the outset of its work.

The board further directs (i) staff to provide a dedicated staff person and additional staff resources as staff determines to facilitate the work of the Implementation Recommendation Team, and (ii) reasonable travel support be provided to up to fifteen members of the Implementation Recommendation Team for the purpose of conducting two face-to-face meetings in hub cities.

The board further requests that the Implementation Recommendation Team (i) distribute its draft report by 24 April 2009 to interested members of the community for comment, and (ii) produce a final report to be published no later than 24 May 2009 for consideration by the ICANN community at the Sydney meeting.

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8. Protection for Geographic Terms in New gTLDs

Whereas, the GNSO’s Reserved Names Working Group recommended that an objection mechanism be the sole basis for protection of geographic names. See <http://gnso.icann.org/issues/new-gtlds/final-report-rn-wg-23may07.htm>.

Whereas, the GAC through the GAC Principles regarding New gTLDs recommended that country, territory, and place names should be protected at the top and second levels in new gTLDs. See <http://gac.icann.org/web/home/gTLD_principles.pdf>.

Whereas, version 2 of the draft Applicant Guidebook includes a compromise between the GNSO and GAC recommendations, requiring gTLD applicants for certain types of top-level geographical names to provide evidence of support or non-objection from the relevant governments or public authorities. See <http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-evaluation-procedures-clean-18feb09-en.pdf>.

Whereas, the Board has discussed in detail the issues and implementation consequences raised by these various positions.

Resolved (2009.03.06.07), the Board is generally in agreement with the proposed treatment of geographic names at the top-level, and staff is directed to revise the relevant portions of the draft Applicant Guidebook to provide greater specificity on the scope of protection at the top level for the names of countries and territories listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard, and greater specificity in the support requirements for continent names, and post the revised position for public comment.

Resolved (2009.03.06.08), staff is directed to send a letter to the GAC by 17 March 2009 identifying the implementation issues that have been identified in association with the GAC's advice, in order to continue communications with the GAC to find a mutually acceptable solution. The Board would request a preliminary response by 24 April 2009 and a final report by 25 May 2009.

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9. Amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement

Whereas, pursuant to Board resolutions adopted in San Juan (07.50, 07.51, and 07.52) <http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-29jun07.htm#k>, ICANN staff solicited and considered the input of the Internet community, including the At-Large community and the GNSO constituencies, regarding proposed changes to the RAA.

Whereas, as directed by the ICANN Board, ICANN staff engaged with the Registrars Constituency in order to arrive at, and post for public comment, a set of proposed amendments or alternative version to the RAA intended to address to the extent feasible the concerns raised by the Internet community.

Whereas, ICANN published for public comment and provided notice to the At-Large Advisory Committee, the GNSO, and other interested parties to review the proposed revised RAA and provide advice to the Board in its review. <http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-18jun08-en.htm>

Whereas, ICANN staff analyzed all comments received and incorporated recommendations in the form of additional provisions, which were posted and discussed with the Internet community.

Whereas, the ALAC voted to support the updated set of RAA amendments.

Whereas, the GNSO voted unanimously to support adoption of the updated set of amendments, and agreed to convene two groups of representatives from the GNSO Community within 30 days of Board approval to: 1) draft a registrant rights charter; and 2) identify further amendments to the RAA on which further action may be desirable and provide its advice to the Council and ICANN staff no later than 31 July 2009.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.09), that the Board thanks the ALAC for its advice, and thanks the GNSO for its recommendation on the proposed RAA amendments, particularly thanks the members of the GNSO Council who worked this week to finalize their resolution.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.10), that the Board agrees with the substance of the amendments, and directs staff to immediately publish them for public comments for a period of no less than 30 days, and commits to act on approval of the amendments at the earliest opportunity.

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10. Approval of Charters of ICANN Board Committees

Whereas, on 7 November 2008, the Board created four new Board Committees: (i) the IANA Committee, (ii) the Public Participation Committee; (iii) the Risk Committee, and (iv) the Structural Improvements Committee.

Whereas, on 7 November 2008, the Board resolved to dissolve the Conflicts of Interest Committee and the Reconsideration Committee, and transfer the responsibilities of those two committees to the Board Governance Committee.

Whereas, on 3 February 2009, the Board approved revisions to the Bylaws to reflect that the Board Governance Committee shall now be responsible for handling matters previously handled by the Conflicts of Interest Committee and the Reconsideration Committee.

Whereas, each of the five Board committees referenced above has approved the charter language unique to its own committee; [links to charters to be added when available].

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee has also approved language common to all of the charters.

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee has recommended that the Board approve the charters of these five committees.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.11), that the Board approves the revised Board Governance Committee charter and the charters for the following four recently constituted Board Committees: (i) the IANA Committee; (ii) the Public Participation Committee; (iii) the Risk Committee; and (iv) the Structural Improvements Committee.

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11. BGC Recommendation for Approval of the Ombudsman Framework

Whereas, the Ombudsman submitted a draft Ombudsman Framework to the Board for approval.

Whereas, the draft Ombudsman Framework was posted for public comment in 2004 <http://www.icann.org/ombudsman/ombudsman-framework-03dec04.htm>.

Whereas, at the Board’s request the BGC has suggested revisions to the Framework and had several discussions with the Ombudsman about those revisions.

Whereas, the BGC and the Ombudsman have reached agreement on revised language to the Ombudsman Framework.

Whereas, the revised Ombudsman Framework documents the procedures and processes under which the Ombudsman currently operates.

Whereas, the BGC has recommended that the Board approve the posting of the framework for further public comment.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.12), that the Ombudsman Framework as revised be posted for further public comment and considered at the next possible Board meeting or be returned to the BGC for additional consultation.

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12. ICANN Board Term Transition Proposal

(For discussion.)

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13. President's Strategy Committee Report

Whereas, the President's Strategy Committee (PSC) has worked on delivering a report on "Improving Institutional Confidence."

Whereas, the report from the PSC was published on 27 February 2009.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.13), that the Board thanks the PSC for its work and undertakes to review the report.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.14), that the board receives the report and posts it for 60 days' public comment, and during this time the staff will evaluate implementation of the proposals and report its findings to the Board.

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14. Public Participation Committee Plan for Timely Posting of Materials

Whereas, the ICANN community has expressed concern at the late posting of materials prior to meetings, including some cases of documents being published during the meeting itself.

Whereas, meetings, discussions, workshops, etc. are most productive when participants have had sufficient time to review relevant material.

Whereas, the community feedback this week broadly supports the goal of having meeting material be available in advance of meetings, and specifically the GAC has requested the posting of materials at least fifteen working days in advance of each ICANN meeting.

Whereas, the PPC has been discussing the importance and benefits of making meeting materials available well in advance of meetings.

Whereas, it will take a strong commitment from the ICANN community, including ACs, SOs, WGs, and others, to achieve the goals of advance availability of meeting material.

It is resolved (2009.03.06.15), that the board requests that the PPC develop a plan for ensuring that all major meeting material be available at least two calendar weeks in advance of meetings, starting with Sydney.

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15. Board Response to Discussions Arising from Mexico City Meeting

(For discussion.)

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16. Congratulations for Successful At-Large Summit

Whereas, the ICANN Bylaws, Article XI, Section 2, Part 4, provide a process that allows individual Internet users to participate meaningfully in the work of ICANN, as the community known as 'At-Large'.

Whereas, more than 90 members representing individual Internet user organizations worldwide gathered in Mexico City to hold the At-Large Summit, which illustrates the ever-growing involvement and participation of the worldwide individual Internet user community.

Whereas, the participants of the At-Large Summit participated in the ICANN meetings, and organized a total of 29 events on topics the At-Large community identified as priorities, and discussed and developed recommendations on issues of chief importance to individual Internet users worldwide.

Resolved, the ICANN Board acknowledges receipt of the At-Large Summit Declaration <http://www.atlarge.icann.org/files/atlarge/correspondence-05mar09-en.pdf> signed by the Summit Working Group Chairs, congratulates the global At-Large community for these declarations and their successful Summit, and welcomes the continued participation of the global individual Internet user community.

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17. Thanks to Milton Mueller

Whereas, ICANN wishes to acknowledge the considerable energy and skills which members of the stakeholder community bring to the ICANN process.

Whereas, in recognition of these contributions, the ICANN wishes to acknowledge and thank members of the community when their terms of service end.

Whereas, Milton Mueller has served the Non-Commercial Users Constituency as chairman for four terms from 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008.

Whereas, Milton has concluded his service term as Chairman of the Non-commercial Constituency.

It is resolved, that the ICANN Board resolves that Milton Mueller has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for his term of service, and the Board wishes Mr. Mueller well in all future endeavors.

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18. Thanks to Demi Getschko

Whereas, Demi Getschko was elected to the ICANN Board by the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, and started serving on the Board in January 2005. He was elected to a second term in 2006.

He has served as the Chairman of the Conflicts of Interest and Reconsideration Committees, and as a member of the Board Governance, IANA, and Meetings Committees and has provided excellent insight, leadership and expertise in these roles.

Whereas, Demi has served with great integrity and consistency to the Core Principles of ICANN.

Whereas, Demi will conclude his service as a Director of the ICANN Board in May 2009.

It is resolved, that the ICANN Board resolves that Demi Getschko has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for his term of service, and the Board wishes Mr. Getschko well in all future endeavors.

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19. Thanks to Dave Wodelet

Whereas, Dave Wodelet was elected to the ICANN Board by the Address Supporting Organization, and started serving on 4 June 2006.

He has served as a member of the Conflicts of Interest, Finance, Meetings and Public Participation Committees, and has provided excellent insight, leadership and expertise in these roles.

Whereas, Dave has served with great integrity and consistency to the Core Principles of ICANN.

Whereas, Dave will conclude his service as a Director of the ICANN Board in May 2009.

It is resolved, that the ICANN Board resolves that Dave Wodelet has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for his term of service, and the Board wishes Mr. Wodelet well in all future endeavors.

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20. Thanks to Staff, Scribes, and Event Teams

The Board expresses its appreciation to the scribes Laura Brewer, Teri Darrenougue, Jennifer Schuck, Charles Motter, Susan Wollenweber, Darlene Pickard, and to the interpreters and to the entire ICANN staff for their efforts in facilitating the smooth operation of the meeting.

The Board also wishes to express its appreciation to VeriLan Events Services, Inc. for technical support, and PSAV, Imagine Eventos, and Messe Mexico for their support. Special thanks are given to Gerardo Velazquez R. and his team.

The Board would also like to thank Rosa Maria Vaca, Executive Director, Monica Maldonado, Director of Sales, Eduardo Fournier, Director of F & B, Daniel Eduardo Cervantes Calzada, Capitan de Banquetes, and the event staff at the Sheraton Centro Historico for their support and for this beautiful facility to hold this event.

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21. Thanks to Sponsors

The Board extends its thanks to all sponsors of this meeting:

AXTEL, BBVA Bancomer, Telmex, Public Interest Registry, VeriSign, Inc., Afilias Limited, AusRegistry International, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Core Internet Council of Registrars, InternetX, IP MIRROR, Minds + Machines, dotMobi, NeuStar, Inc., RegistryASP, National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT), EuRid, Iron Mountain Digital, NameAction, Inc., National Internet Development Agency of Korea (NIDA), Directi Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com, and ICANNWiki.

The Board also wishes to thank Domaine.info for providing photography and filming for this meeting.

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22. Thanks to Mexican Government and Local Hosts

The Board wishes to extend its thanks to the local host organizers, The Mexican Internet Association, AMIPCI, The Network Information Center-México, (NIC-México) and ISOC (Internet Society) Mexico.

The Board extends thanks to the new Vice Minister of Communications of Mexico, Lic. Gabriela Hernandez, and the Coordinator of the Information Society and Knowledge, Ing. León David Pérez Hernández, for their support and participation during the meeting.

The Board would also like to express its greatest gratitude to Ing. Enrique Bustamante R., Director General at AMIPCI, Lic. Luis Ernesto Valdez Diaz, Subdirector General at AMIPCI and all AMIPCI staff that have put enormous dedication and hard work for this meeting to be possible.

The Board acknowledges the support and participation of Ing. Oscar Robles from NIC-México and Dr. Alejandro Pisanty from ISOC Mexico, who were actively involved in the organization of this meeting and who have made invaluable contributions throughout the history of the organization.

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