[AfrICANN-discuss] WCIT.In Conclusion

Y Mshana2003 ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 02:16:06 SAST 2012

Well done to Fadi et al for this.

One important task is to ensure that ICANN processes are not influenced  by politics be regional or national at any level.

The most immediate challenge is that, in Africa Region, there seem to exist a very thin line or porous barrier between Business and Politics when it comes to the Internet. This is based on the scramble for .africa gTLD.  The question is still, "why was the AUC brought in while GAC is the link between Govts and ICANN?". In addition, it is important to ensure that representations at ICANN Constituents and Board is free from regional or local politics. It calls for a vetting process which may be difficult - the best option would be to ask the society  to do that by RFComments.

That is my small contribution while rejoicing the neutrality of ICANN which was reinforced at the just ended meeting.

Kind regards.

From Yassin . Sent from samsung mobile. On O2.

Glen de Saint Géry <Glen at icann.org> wrote:



WCIT…In Conclusion

by Fadi Chehadé on December 14, 2012

Friends and colleagues,

Today marks the end of the lengthy WCIT conference in Dubai. I am sure you along with most of our community have been watching events carefully.

As you know, Steve Crocker and I were invited to attend the opening ceremony two weeks ago, and I was invited to speak. I used this opportunity to engage with the many delegations in Dubai in support of our remarkable multistakeholder model. I was pleased that we received public assurances from ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré that neither Internet resources nor ICANN would be the subject of the WCIT treaty. During the past fortnight there has been much debate on many issues – much discussion, argument and many long nights. In the end, however, we are pleased the final text of the International Telecommunications Regulations does NOT include reference to the Internet nor to ICANN’s work.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the ICANN team on the ground in Dubai and in LA for their tremendous dedication. I also would like to thank those Community members present in Dubai for their support and collaboration and, of course, our colleagues from the Internet Society, the Regional Internet Registries and other ICANN stakeholder groups.

I would echo the sentiments of many who would have wished that countries had been able to reach a consensus around supporting the multistakeholder model. However, the debate has been strong and we have seen some real progress which I hope will stand us in good stead as we move forward.

During today’s closing ceremony, Dr Toure recognized ICANN saying, “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and all that can be achieved by ITU and ICANN together in a positive spirit of collaboration. So let me repeat once more, the ITU has no wish or desire to play a role in physical Internet resources such as domain names. And the work of ICANN and ITU can be and should be fully complementary.”

We remain grateful to Secretary General Touré and to the Chairman of the WCIT-12, Mohamed Al Ghanim, for the opportunity for us to engage as we did in Dubai.

We also remain committed to work with all stakeholders, each in their respective, distinct roles, including governments, IGOs and the ITU, with the private sector and civil society as well, all for a better future for the world.





Glen de Saint Géry

GNSO Secretariat

gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org


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