Communiqué of the Governmental Advisory Committee
(2 March 1999)

Communiqué of the Governmental Advisory Committee
2 March 1999

24 MARCH 1999 - The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its inaugural meeting today. The attending Committee members, representing over 25 national governments, multinational governmental organisations and treaty organisations, issued the following statement:

(1) The national governments endorse the principles behind the creation of ICANN.

(2) The Committee commits itself to implement efficient procedures in support of ICANN. The Committee welcomes the opportunity to play a constructive role in the ICANN process by providing thorough and timely advice and analysis on relevant matters of concern to governments.

(3) The Committee has had fruitful discussions around substantive issues relating to the usage of the Internet across the worldwide community, the administration of the country code top level domains (ccTLDs), and the WIPO Internet domain name process. The Committee initiated a positive and constructive process for addressing these and other significant Internet policy issues.

(4) The next face-to-face meeting of the Committee will be held in Berlin in May, in connection with the meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors.

The governments, multilateral governmental organisations and treaty organizations sending representatives to today's inaugural Committee meeting included the following:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tuvalu
  • United States
  • Asia Pacific Telecommunications
  • European Commission
  • Presidency of the European Union
  • International Telecommunications Union
  • OECD
  • World Intellectual Property Organization

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