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Non-PDP Protection of Red Cross/IOC Names in New gTLDs

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The ICANN Board had requested policy advice from the GNSO Council and the GAC on whether special protections should be afforded to the RCRC, IOC and/or IGOs. Specifically, in its Singapore resolution, the Board authorized the President and CEO to implement the New gTLD Program "which includes the following elements: "the 30 May 2011 version of the Applicant Guidebook, subject to the revisions agreed to with the GAC on 19 June 2011, including: ...(b) incorporation of text concerning protection for specific requested Red Cross and IOC names for the top level only during the initial application round, until the GNSO and GAC develop policy advice based on the global public interest....."

During September 2011, the GAC also sent advice to the GNSO with a proposal for granting second level protections based upon the protections afforded to IOC/RCRC at the first level. In the same month, section was added to the latest version of the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook dated 19 September 2011.

As a result of the GAC proposal submitted to the GNSO, the GNSO Council created a call for volunteers to form a drafting team about creating a response to the GAC. The IOC/RCRC Drafting Team was formed has since created a set of recommendations for protecting the IOC/RCRC names at the second level and includes an outline for a response to the GAC from the GNSO.


Implementation Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Brian Peck, Margie Milam

ICANN Board Resolution to Approve the new gTLD Program:

Adopted on: 20 June 2011

  • Summary: Resolved (2011.06.20.01), the Board authorizes the President and CEO to implement the new gTLD program which includes the following elements… [see link for details]
  • Resolution

GAC Advice on IOC/RC Protection to the GNSO Council:

Submitted on: 14 September 2011

IOC/RC Drafting Team Proposal Report:

Submitted on: 12 March 2012

GNSO Council Resolution Text to Protect IOC/RC:

Adopted on: 26 March 2012

ICANN Board Resolution for IOC/RC Protections:

Adopted on: 10 April 2012

ICANN Board Resolution for IOC/RC Protections:

Adopted on: 13 September 2012

IOC/RC Drafting Team Second Level Protections Recommendations Report:

Submitted on: 28 September 2012

GNSO Council Resolution to Protect IOC/RC:

Adopted on: 20 December 2012

Implementation Details:

Additional Information:

  • None