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ICANN BOARD-GAC Consultation in Brussels 28 February and 1 March 2011

During the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the ICANN Board of Directors and Governmental Advisory Committee agreed to meet at some time prior to the upcoming Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting in order to devote significant time in the interest of resolving the outstanding issues the GAC has identified with the new gTLD process.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

1) Identify the specific differences between Governmental Advisory Committee ("GAC") advice and the current implementation of the GNSO New gTLD Policy recommendations embodied in the Applicant Guidebook.

2) Through discussion among Board and GAC members, either:

(a) arrive at an agreed upon resolution of those differences; or
(b) for those issues not resolved, identify what differences remain. This meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in the Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process.

Related Documents

ICANN Briefing Papers

Objection Procedures: includes requirements for governments to pay fees; procedures for review of sensitive strings; and early warning to applications—whether a proposed string would be considered controversial or to raise sensitivities (including geographical names) [PDF, 365 KB]

Root Zone Scaling [PDF, 296 KB]

Market and Economic Impacts [PDF, 316 KB]

Registry-Registrar Separation [PDF, 452 KB]

Protection of Rights Owners (trademark protections) [PDF, 276 KB]

Consumer Protection Issues (malicious conduct) [PDF, 262 KB]

Law Enforcement Due Diligence Recommendations [PDF, 291 KB]

Post Delegation Disputes with governments [PDF, 409 KB]

Geographic Names: use and protection of geographical names [PDF, 780 KB]

Legal Recourse for Applicants [PDF, 171 KB]

Providing Opportunities for all Stakeholders [PDF, 413 KB]

Date: Wednesday 2 March, 2011. Session times are approximately 10am - noon.

Adobe Connect:

MP3 stream:

Scribe Text:

Date: Monday 28 February 2011 and Tuesday 1 March 2011. Start and finish times for each day are likely to be between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Morning and afternoon coffee will be available.

Lunch will not be provided for observers.

Meeting location: The Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts - Kunstberg, Brussels (this is where we held the Brussels meeting in June 2010). The consultation will take place in Room 400, on the 4th Floor. There will be signage downstairs to guide people to the location.

Registration: for those attending in person, you will be required to collect your badge from the registration desk. On 26 February, badges will be available in the Arc Foyer; on 27 and 28 February they can be collected outside Room 400 from 7.30am. As seating is limited it is very important that badges are worn at all times.

For those participating remotely: Through adobe connect you will be able to listen to the meeting, in addition to viewing presentations and live scribing. There will not be any interpreters for this meeting - neither the GAC or the Board have used interpreters for any of their previous meetings and it was not a request for this consultation.


Virtual Meeting Room:
EN Part 1
EN Part 2
EN Part 3
EN Part 4
EN Part 5

Internet connectivity: will be the same as you would expect at an ICANN meeting.

RSVP: on 2 February we posted an announcement asking observers wishing to attend the meeting to advise us by 8 February via an RSVP email address. Individual emails have been sent to all those who responded to the RSVP to confirm attendance. As the current combined attendance numbers are close to capacity for the seating allocated we are unable to extend an invitation for additional attendance from interested community members.

We appreciate your interest in this meeting, and we will keep the community updated as we work through the final details of the logistics and agenda for the meeting.


ICANN has negotiated rates at the following hotels.

Le Méridien Brussels
Carrefour de l'Europe 3
Brussels 1000
Phone: (32)(2) 548 4211
Fax: (32)(2) 548 4080
* Rate: Euro 169 inclusive of breakfast and internet
* Rates increase to 223 Euro on March 1 and 2

Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place
Rue Duquesnoy 5
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: (+32) (2) 505 55 55
* Rate: Single 160 Euro/ Double 190 Euro
* Rates are inclusive of breakfast and internet

Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place
120, rue du Marché Aux Herbes
Phone: (+32)2/5143333
Fax: (+32)2/5117723
* Rate: Single 105 Euro – Double 115 Euro
* Rates increase to Single 175 Euro/ Double 185 Euro on Feb 28
* Rates are inclusive of internet

Other hotels available in the area:

NH Grand Place Arenberg
Rue d'Assaut 15
1000 Brussels
Tel. +32.25.011616
Fax: +32.25.011818

Sandton Brussels Centre
Parochiaansstraat 15-27
1000 Brussels
Tel:  0032 (0)2 274 08 10
Fax: 0032 (0)2 274 08 19

Ibis Grand Place
Grasmarkt 100 Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100
Tel. : (+32)2/5144040
Fax. : (+32)2/5145067