Recommendations to the Board
The Board receives recommendations from a variety of sources from the ICANN community, including advice from the Advisory Committees as set forth in Article 12 of ICANN's Bylaws. As part of the Process Documentation Initiative in 2017, a workflow document and handbook were created to provide more transparency into the Board Advice Process. For more information on Registration Data, please visit our Registration Data at ICANN page.
The Advice from each of the Advisory Committees is available at the links below.
- At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
- Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
- Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
- Root Zone Evaluation Review Committee (RZERC)
- Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Action Request Register Phases and Descriptions
Advice to the Board is processed via a five-phase process, as described below. Click on the individual advice status pages for each Advisory Committee for more detailed information regarding the phases.
Background on the Action Request Register (ARR) and Board Advice Reporting
The ICANN Organization developed the Action Request Register (ARR) process framework, described in more detail in the pages above, to manage community requests to the ICANN Board and Organization in a consistent, efficient, and transparent manner. Centralized processes were implemented to accommodate advice to the Board from ICANN's Advisory Committees including: the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).
In October 2016, ICANN issued a status report to the ALAC, RSSAC and SSAC on historical advice to the ICANN Board issued between 2010 and mid-2015. The Board's status reports on historical items can be found below. Updated Status on all items can be found in the reports listed above.
- At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
- Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
- Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
In March 2023, ICANN issued a status report to the GAC on historical advice from 2013 to 2023. The status report can be found below.
- Governmental Advisory Committee (15 March 2022) [PDF]
Important note: The Board Resolutions are as reported in the Board Meeting Transcripts, Minutes & Resolutions portion of ICANN's website. Only the words contained in the Resolutions themselves represent the official acts of the Board. The text provided in this database explaining Resolutions is an interpretation that has no official authority and does not represent the purpose behind the Board actions, nor does any explanation or interpretation modify or override the Resolutions themselves. Resolutions can only be modified through further action by the ICANN Board.