Global Policy

Global policies govern how Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), the organization charged with performing the IANA functions, issues Internet number resources to the RIRs. The RIRs then distribute these Internet number resources to their members according to the regional policies developed by their respective communities.

Current Global Policies and Proposals

A list of the global policies currently in use can be found here.

A list of current global policy proposals under discussion can be found here.

Global Policy Development Process (GPDP)

Anyone, anywhere can propose a global policy. Once a global policy has been proposed, the policy must first go through the regional PDP within each of the five RIR regions, where an identical version of the policy proposal must be ratified.

When consensus is reached to accept a Global Policy Proposal within all five RIRs, each RIR’s version of the Global Policy Proposal is merged together into a single policy statement. This task is done by the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC). An identical version of the global policy proposal must then be ratified by each RIR community.

The Number Resource Executive Council (NRO EC) then refers the coordinated Global Policy Proposal to the ASO AC. The ASO AC reviews the process by which the global policy proposal was ratified and, as outlined in Attachment A of the ASO MoU, passes it to the ICANN Board of Directors for ratification as a global policy.

More details about the GPDP can be found here.

Last modified on 04/04/2020