Protection of IGO/INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs
Implementation Project Status
Updated 28 August 2017
- Following Board adoption of GNSO policy recommendations consistent with GAC advice, Global Domains Division (GDD) staff began developing an implementation plan.
- An Implementation Review Team (IRT) comprising community members and led by GDD has been formed. It is meeting regularly to discuss and agree on timelines and steps for implementation.
- The implementation team is in the process of finalizing a policy document based on the recommendations received during public comment. In collaboration with the IRT, the team is working to devise an implementation approach that will serve affected stakeholders.
- Board Approval: April 2014
- Public Comment: July 2017
- [Projected] Announcement of Implementation: October 2017
- [Projected] Effective Date: April 2018
Issues emerged during the development of the New gTLD Program regarding whether certain international (non-) governmental organizations (IGOs/INGOs) such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) should receive special protection for their names in top- and second-level domains in new gTLDs. To explore the issue in detail, the ICANN Board requested policy advice from the GNSO Council and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on whether special protections should be afforded to the RCRC, IOC and/or IGOs in general.
In October 2012, the GNSO formally initiated a Policy Development Process (PDP) to make recommendations on these issues. The Board adopted the recommendations of the PDP Working Group’s Final Report on 30 April 2014. Their Resolution included a request for additional time to consider Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice on IGO/INGO issues.