Communiqué of the Governmental Advisory Committee
Communiqué of the Governmental
1. The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) met in Montreal, Canada, 22-24 June 2003. The participating GAC Members, included representatives from thirty seven national governments, distinct economies as recognised in international fora, and multilateral governmental and treaty organisations. They engaged in a follow-up to previous GAC Advice, moved forward the activities of the GAC working groups and had useful discussions, including an exchange of views with other ICANN constituencies and the ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee.
3. GAC welcomed the presence of several new Members participating for the first time: Botswana, India, Nigeria, Palau, Tunisia and Uganda. They also welcomed the membership of Mali and Slovenia who have also joined GAC since the Rio de Janeiro meeting.
4. At the last meeting in Rio de Janeiro, GAC had set up a system of Liaisons with ICANN and GAC Working Groups . This new system is working well and has contributed to accelerating and deepening aspects of GACís policy work and facilitating, in certain areas, the dialogue between GAC and the ICANN constituencies, supporting organisations and advisory bodies. GAC noted that all members support the current policy of open and transparent communications with ICANN constituencies.
6. Regarding the implementation of WIPO II, GAC recalls its Advice from the Rio de Janeiro meeting on the "WIPO recommendations on names of countries and inter-governmental organisations (IGO)." GAC welcomed ICANN's decision of 2 June 2003 (Resolution 03.83), to set up the joint working group at Montreal. GAC requests that the working group should present an outline and timetable for its work to the ICANN and GAC meetings at Carthage. The GAC encourages the group to complete its work by the Cape Town meeting, December 2004.
The terms of reference of the working group should be limited to the practical and technical aspects of the implementation of the WIPO recommendations, and notably the implication for the UDRP. The Working Group should propose solutions for overcoming any problems identified. GAC is prepared to appoint delegates to the ICANN/GAC working group. GAC requests to be consulted on the Terms of Reference of the joint Working Group.
9. GAC has participated extensively in the development, preparation and presentation of the ICANN Whois Workshop. The GAC Chair has asked the Whois Working Group to prepare a written report on the proceedings of the Workshop for the information and consideration of GAC Members, particularly those who are not able to be present in Montreal. The policy issues arising from the Whois Workshop will be further considered by GAC in its next meeting, as appropriate.
10. Outreach: GAC confirmed that the approach to non-member countries would continue and that efforts should be enhanced, particularly in the context of the forthcoming meeting in Carthage, Tunisia. Reinforcing communications among GAC members would continue to be encouraged on a regional basis.
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11. Next Meeting: The next GAC face-to-face meeting will be in Carthage, Tunisia, October 2003. Meanwhile, GAC will continue its work on-line, in conference calls and through the ICANN Liaisons and GAC Working Groups.
Attachment: GAC Liaisons and Working Group Convenors.
A. GAC - ICANN LIAISONS
B. GAC - WORKING GROUPS AND CONVENORS
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