[apnic-talk] [Apnic-announce] Update on IANA Globalization Consultation

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      • Dear Colleagues,
        In October 2013, APNIC joined other Internet organizations in issuing the
        “Montevideo Statement”, calling for a globalization of ICANN and IANA
        functions. In January 2014, these organizations met again to discuss the
        basic principles for such a process.
        On Friday 14 March 2014, the United States Government announced that it
        intends to transition its oversight of the IANA function to the global
        Internet community. It has asked ICANN to lead a consultation with the
        community to develop a proposal for this transition.
        ICANN has now released a proposed timeline for its planned consultation
        And a consultation session during the upcoming ICANN Meeting in Singapore
        from 23-27 March:
        The timeline focuses on ICANN meetings, but the consultation process will
        include other communities. All RIR community members are stakeholders in
        this process, and have an important opportunity to participate in these
        The primary concern of APNIC is to ensure stability and accuracy in the
        management of the IANA functions, which include the global IP address
        registry, in compliance with global policies. These functions are
        critical to APNIC, and to the operation of the Internet globally.
        I have asked the APNIC EC to consider the best ways to facilitate
        discussions with the Asia Pacific community ­ through open sessions at
        APNIC conferences and regional meetings, and online discussions. The EC
        will welcome additional suggestions on this process via the “apnic-talk”
        mailing list, and I hope will provide more information soon.
        Paul Wilson
        Director General
        Statement from Internet Technical Organizations regarding IANA Transition
        In order to ensure global acceptance and affirmation of ICANN's role as
        administrator of the IANA functions, we are now pursuing the transition of
        USG's stewardship of the IANA functions from the USG to ICANN. The roles
        of all Internet registry policy bodies (such as the RIRs, IAB, IETF, ASO,
        ccNSO, ccTLD ROs, and gNSO) stay unchanged.
        These bodies continue to hold policy authority for the protocol parameter,
        number, and name spaces, including responsibility to ensure the faithful
        registry implementation according to those policies.
        This transition from the USG has been envisaged since the early days of
        ICANN. It is now feasible due to the growing maturity of ICANN and other
        organizations in the Internet ecosystem. ICANN's structures and
        accountability mechanisms continue to evolve and advance guided by the AoC
        community reviews, including ATRT. In addition, ICANN will continue to
        embrace its aggressive roadmap to truly globalize its structures.
        In order to operationalize the transition from USG, ICANN will engage with
        the Internet community in a bottom-up public consultation process to
        ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms. In addition, ICANN will work
        with the names, numbers, and protocol communities to formalize
        relationships, commitments, and mutual responsibilities.
        When community stakeholders have input about the policies emanating from
        the names, numbers, and protocol communities, they would be directed to
        pursue their interests through the relevant Internet communities (such as
        the gNSO, ccNSO, ccTLD ROs, ASO, IAB, IETF, or the RIRs) and their
        mechanisms for consideration and potential redress.
        The IETF, IAB, and RIRs are committed to open and transparent processes.
        They also are committed to the role of ICANN as the IANA protocol
        parameter and IP address registry operator. The accountability mechanisms
        for ICANN's administration of these core internet functions will provide
        escalation routes that assure the names, numbers, and protocol communities
        that if IANA's performance is lacking, those communities can pursue
        defined processes for improving performance, including pre-agreed
        independent 3rd party arbitration processes.
        ICANN reaffirms its commitment to implement all IANA registry functions in
        accordance with the respective policies. ICANN will also provide
        affirmations to all stakeholders (including governments) from all Internet
        registry policy bodies and itself that all of us will use open and
        transparent processes.
        APNIC Secretariat                                 secretariat at apnic dot net
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        PO Box 3646 South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia    Fax: +61 7 3858 3199
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