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ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee Communique

ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee Communique

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Governmental Advisory Committee
 Cartagena, 9 December 2010
GAC Communiqué – CartagenaI.
 
Introduction
The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the InternetCorporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) met inCartagena, during 4- 8 December, 2010.38 members and 4 observers participated in the meeting, and 3members participated remotely.The Governmental Advisory Committee expresses utmost gratitude tothe Country Code TLD for Colombia, dotCO Internet S.A.S for hostingthe meeting and thanks ICANN for supporting the GAC meeting.
II.
 
Meeting with ccNSO
The GAC met with the ccNSO and received an update on the currentstatus of the report of the Delegation, Redelegation and RetirementWorking Group (DRDWG).
III.
 
New gTLDs
The GAC met with the ICANN Board, the gNSO Council and in publicsession to discuss the current status of the new gTLD process andoutstanding issues as outlined below.The GAC also welcomed an update on the work of the Joint AC/SOWorking Group on support for new gTLD applicants, and encouragesthe Working Group to continue their efforts, particularly with regard tofurther outreach with developing countries.
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The GAC accepted an invitation from the Board to meetintersessionally before the San Francisco meeting in the interest of resolving outstanding issues with the new gTLD process.
Specific Points in Relation to New gTLD Application Processes
Whereas the GAC notes that it has provided substantial public policyadvice on new gTLDs, with the primary written advice being the GACprinciples on new gTLDs, dated the 28
th
March 2007 and delivered tothe Board in advance of the decision by the Board to adopt the proposalof the GNSO related to the introduction of new gTLDs.Whereas, since that time, the GAC has continued to engage regularlywith the Board, the GNSO and the ICANN staff regarding the PolicyDevelopment Process (PDP) and the implementation proposals as setout in the consecutive versions of the Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAG).Whereas, in addition, the GAC's continuing concerns regarding theproposed approach to the introduction of new gTLDs and each versionof the DAG have been repeatedly communicated to the Board asadditional advice in the form of GAC communiqués and letters fromthe GAC Chair to the Chair of the ICANN Board, as listed below:Los Angeles communiqué, 31
st
October 2007New Delhi communiqué, 13
th
February 2008Paris communiqué, 26
th
June 2008Letter of 8
th
August 2008 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairCairo communiqué, 5
th
November 2008Mexico City communiqué, 4
th
March 2009Letter of 10
th
March 2009 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 26
th
May 2009 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 24
th
April 2009 from the GAC Chair to the ICANN ChairSydney communiqué, 24
th
June 2009Letter of 18
th
August 2009 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairSeoul communiqué, 2
nd
December 2009Letter of 26
th
January 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN Chair
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Nairobi communiqué, 10
th
March 2010Letter of 10
th
March 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 24
th
April 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 4
th
August 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 23
rd
September 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairLetter of 22
nd
November 2010 from GAC Chair to ICANN ChairWhereas, the GAC appreciates the efforts made by many in the ICANNcommunity to understand and accommodate the advice of the GACduring this period, but remains very concerned that many of the originalpublic policy issues raised remain unresolved in the latest version of theDAG.Whereas, the GAC considers that these result primarily from the factthat the Board adopted the GNSO recommendations on new gTLDswithout taking due account of GAC advice at that time, therebycreating a flawed process.Whereas the most recent letter of the 23
rd
November from the Chair of the ICANN Board to the Chair of the GAC confirms that many of theconcerns of the GAC remain unresolved and, in addition, the GACnotes that the Board has decided to explicitly reject GAC advice inseveral specific cases.Whereas, mindful that many gTLD applicants have made significantinvestments in their business models, the GAC recognises that gTLDapplicants have had a legitimate expectation that the process forintroducing new gTLDs should have been concluded by now.Whereas, as a result of the GAC's exchange with the GNSO, the GACis also mindful that major stakeholder groups within ICANN (such asthe Business and Intellectual Property constituencies) do not believe themost recent version of the DAG reflects their advice and concerns.The GAC would advise the Board that:1. The GAC considers that there are still outstanding issues regardingthe current procedure which include:
 
The apparent intent of the Board to approve the current version of the DAG on the same day that the public comment period expires,
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