on ICANN Evolution and Reform
Draft Statement of Mission and Core Values
2 September 2002
To the ICANN Community:
The ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee has prepared the following Draft
Statement of Mission and Core Values, which incorporates changes to the
as part of the 20 June 2002 document entitled "ICANN: A Blueprint
for Reform" to reflect various comments received from the community.
As noted in the Evolution and Reform Committee's Second
Interim Implementation Report, the proper articulation of ICANN's
mission and core values is a very important element of ICANN reform. Additional
comments on this draft are therefore invited.
Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform
2 September 2002
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the
private-sector body responsible for coordinating, at the overall level,
the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers.
The mission of ICANN is to coordinate the stable and secure operation
of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:
the allocation and assignment of three sets of unique identifiers for
the Internet; i.e.,
- Domain names (forming a system referred to as "DNS");
- Internet protocol (IP) addresses and autonomous system (AS) numbers;
- Protocol port and parameter numbers.
the operation and evolution of the DNS's root name server system.
policy-development reasonably and appropriately related to these technical
ICANN's Core Values
In performing its mission, ICANN adheres to these core values and principles:
and enhance the operational stability, reliability, security, and global
interoperability of the Internet.
the creativity and innovation made possible by the Internet by limiting
ICANN's activities to those matters within ICANN's mission requiring
or significantly benefiting from global coordination.
the extent feasible and appropriate, delegate coordination functions
to or recognize the policy role of other responsible entities that reflect
the interests of affected parties.
and support broad, informed participation reflecting the functional,
geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet, at all levels of
policy development and decision-making.
feasible and appropriate, depend on market mechanisms to promote and
sustain a competitive environment.
and promote competition in the registration of domain names where practicable
and beneficial in the public interest.
open and transparent policy development mechanisms that (a) promote
well-informed decisions based on expert advice, and (b) ensure that
those entities most affected can assist in the policy development process.
decisions by applying documented policies neutrally and objectively,
with integrity and fairness.
with a speed that is responsive to the needs of the Internet while,
as part of the decision-making process, obtaining informed input from
those entities most affected.
accountable to the Internet community through mechanisms that enhance
into account the views of governments and public authorities responsible
for public policy, so that the need for direct governmental action is
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