[AfrICANN-discuss] .POST Sponsorship Agreement Posted for Public Comment

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 16:50:09 SAST 2009

News Alert

 .POST Sponsorship Agreement Posted for Public Comment

2 November 2009

ICANN is today posting the .POST Sponsorship Agreement for public comment.
ICANN and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) reached an agreement in principle
following a challenging yet fruitful negotiation process. The Agreement
represents a significant accomplishment for ICANN, the UPU, and the global
Internet community, as it is the first gTLD Registry Agreement between ICANN
and an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO). "Reaching this agreement
provides additional validation of the ICANN model for fostering expansion
and competition in the domain name space," said ICANN CEO and President, Rod
Beckstrom. "The UPU has also helped mark out a path for other IGOs to
sponsor their own top-level domains."

The UPU status as an intergovernmental organization and specialized agency
of the United Nations presented a number of challenges when considering
several typical gTLD registry contractual provisions. The negotiation for
.POST concluded with an agreement that enables both organizations to
recognize one another's traditional autonomy, mission and core values.

The .POST Sponsorship Agreement can be viewed at
128K], its appendices at
244K] and a summary of contractual provisions at

Comments on the proposed agreement can be submitted to
stld-rfp-post at icann.org through 1 December 2009 and viewed at

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