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[council] GAC Responds to Board on Geographic Names

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GAC Responds to Board on Geographic Names

28 May 2009

On 26 May 2009, the GAC submitted a final letter [PDF, 72K] 
responding to the ICANN Board's concerns about the ability to implement the 
provisions of article 2 of the GAC Principles regarding new gTLDs, particularly 
paragraph 2.71. The letter recommends, as a minimum, that the names contained 
in three internationally recognised lists must be reserved at the second level 
at no cost to governments of all new gTLDs. However, other issues relating to 
geographic names at the top level and the potential misuse of the respective 
names at the second level requires further discussion.

The GAC's letter is in response to the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution, 
and subsequent letter from ICANN of 17 March, 2009 seeking GAC members input on 
possible options to resolve the outstanding implementation issues regarding the 
protection of geographic names at the second level 
(http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm#08 and 
http://www.icann.org/correspondence/twomey-to-karklins-17mar09-en.pdf) [PDF, 

The GAC provided an interim response to this request on 24 April 2009 
http://www.icann.org/correspondence/karklins-to-twomey-24apr09.pdf [PDF, 95K].

On 15 May 2009, the GNSO Council provided comments on the proposal outlined in 
the GAC's letter of 24 April 2009, 
http://gnso.icann.org/correspondence/gnso-ltr-to-gac.pdf [PDF, 69K].

The Board requested a final report from the GAC by 25 May, 2009 and which will 
now be published 29 May, 2009. 

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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