Cross Community Working Group on the Use of Country and Territory Names as top-level domains

Last Updated: 12 September 2017
25 February 2016


The objective of the Working group is to draw upon the collective expertise of the participating SOs and ACs and others, and based on the initial analysis of the ccNSO Study Group on the uSe of names for Countries and territories as TLDs, further review the current status of representations of country and territory names, as they exist under current ICANN policies, guidelines and procedures. Secondly, provide advice regarding the feasibility of developing a consistent and uniform definitional framework that could be applicable across the respective SO's and AC's; and should such a framework be deemed feasible, provide detailed advice as to the content of the framework. The scope of the WG is limited to:

  • Representations of names of Countries, Territories and their subdivisions listed on or eligible to be listed on the Alpha-2 code International Standard for country codes and codes for their subdivisions (ISO 3166-1), (Names of Country and Territory). Other geographical indicators, such as regions, are excluded;
  • The use of Country and Territory names as Top Level Domains. The use of Country and Territory names as second or other level is excluded.

ccNSO Workspace


Workinggroup Status

Responsible Staff Members:

  • Bart Boswinkel
  • Joke Braeken
  • Emily Barabas
  • Steve Chan

Issue Report:

This CWG flows from the Final Report [PDF] of the ccNSO Study Group on the Use of Names for Countries and Territories as TLDs.

GNSO Council adoption of the Charter

Working Group Initial Report:

Submitted on: 24 February 2017

Working Group Final Report:

Submitted on: 25 June 2017

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on:

  • Summary: TBD
  • TBD

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration:

Adopted on:

  • Public Comment: TBD

ICANN Board Resolution Text:

Adopted on:

  • Summary: TBD
  • TBD

Implementation Details:

  • TBD

Additional Information:

  • None