To obtain community input on the Preliminary Issue Report requested by the GNSO Council concerning possible amendments to the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure, to enable access to them by protected International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations.
Section I: Description and Explanation
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) unanimously approved at its meeting on 20 November 2013 the consensus recommendations of the IGO-INGO PDP Working Group, which are now pending Board action. The detailed recommendations can be found in the Final Report [PDF, 644 KB], with a summary provided within the GNSO Council motion. One of the recommendations adopted was for the GNSO Council to request an Issue Report, preceding a possible Policy Development Process (PDP), to examine International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) access to curative rights protection mechanisms such as the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure (URS).
Section II: Background
For a detailed background and history of the issue on whether to protect certain IGO and INGO identifiers prior to the initiation of the IGO-INGO PDP, please see the Final GNSO Issue Report [PDF, 675 KB] on the Protection of International Organization Names in New gTLDs. The IGO-INGO PDP Working Group (WG) was formed on 31 October 2012 and the WG Charter approved by the GNSO Council on 15 November 2012. On 10 November 2013 the WG published its Final Report [PDF, 644 KB] and sent it to the GNSO Council, incorporating feedback received in response to its draft Final Report. The WG's Final Report includes supplemental documentation in the form of Minority Statements from various WG members and their respective constituencies, including IGOs and INGOs who may be affected by the recommendations under consideration.
The WG's consensus recommendations were unanimously approved by the GNSO Council on 20 November 2013 and sent to the ICANN Board for its consideration. One of the recommendations adopted was for the GNSO Council to request an Issue Report, preceding a possible PDP, to examine possible amendments to the UDRP and URS to enable access by protected IGOs and INGOs to these curative rights protection mechanisms. ICANN staff has prepared the requested Preliminary Issue Report [PDF, 288 KB] and is posting it for public comment prior to preparing the Final Issue Report for the GNSO Council's consideration and vote.
Section III: Relevant Resources
Final Report on Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs [PDF, 645 KB]
- Supplement A – Minority Positions [PDF, 216 KB]
- Supplement B – WG Consensus Call Tool [PDF, 203 KB]
- Supplement C – Public Comment Review Tool [PDF, 385 KB]
- Supplement D – Red Cross Red Crescent Societies Identifier List [PDF, 616 KB]
- GNSO Council Report to the ICANN Board [PDF, 705 KB]
Section IV: Additional Information