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The APTLD72 Communiqué and Statement

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18 September 2017

The 72nd Members Meeting was held in the city in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia, on 14
and 15 September 2017 and proved yet another milestone development for the
community. It should also be recognized a groundbreaking meeting in many

It was for the
first time that APTLD went to the trans-Caucasian area to once again find
itself in a close proximity to Europe. Likewise, for the first time the
training session was delivered by the NLnet Labs team, that appeared highly
professional and stirred much interest among some 20 trainees representing both
APTLD members and the local community.

As well, it was
for the first time that such renowned organizations as RIPE NCC and NOMINET
co-sponsored the Meeting, thereby having joined ICANN and ISOC that sent their
delegates for the event. One of the Meeting highlights became the signing of
the Memorandum of Understanding between APTLD and RIPE NCC, which emphasizes a
strong mutual interest in promoting cooperation between the two key industry
players across Eurasia and in the Middle East.

For the first
time ever the number of participants in an APTLD Meeting surpassed a 115 mark,
of whom representatives of European ccTLDs registries and registrars accounted
for one-third. They proactively contributed to panel discussions and
roundtables, and accounted for nearly 45% of 75 presenters and panelists in the
sessions. APTLD benefited from the excellent broadband access in the country,
which allowed bringing online a record-breaking number of remote participants –
as many as 17 of them represented  Latin
America, US, Africa and Asia and contributed via Association’s own Adobe
Connect platform.

The two-track
structure of the Meeting agenda allowed a record-breaking number of sessions
(16 in total) and once again proved Members’ keen interest in technical aspects
of registries’ operation; meanwhile, in addition to a set of regularly
discussed legal, administrative and policy issues, it was for the first time
that APTLD members discussed such unorthodox topics as Women in DNS and HR Policies,
and the Internet of Things – these sessions promoted an intense cross-continental
dialogue and were labeled as cross-polling panel, that allowed a far greater
understanding of commonalities and differences between East and West in some
key areas.

The Meeting also
featured such a milestone for the community’s advancement as the inauguration
of the new corporate website, which is to form the pivot of APTLD’s
communication and outreach efforts and discussion on, and a subsequent drafting
of, an APTLD Statement on Country and Territory Designators as Top-level
Domains which is appended to the present Communiqué.

During the
Meeting, it was also announced that UZINFOCOM, the ccTLD registry for .UZ of
the Republic of Uzbekistan, which is the biggest nation in the Central Asia,
submitted its application for Ordinary Membership in APTLD. At its face-to-face
Meeting, the APTLD Board reviewed the application and voted for its admission
as Member.

APTLD72 has become
yet another manifestation of the growing maturity of the ccTLD community in
Asia Pacific. The Association’s consistent expansion and continuous outreach efforts
across the region keep yielding positive outcomes which helps further solidify
its unique standing as an important part of the vibrant Internet Governance
ecosystem in ATR.

APTLD Statement on Country and Territory Designators as Top-level

Asia-Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD) is aware that there are
continuing efforts to register labels designating countries and territories as
gTLDs. This issue was discussed in detail at the APTLD members’ meeting held in
Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2017 and a variety of views were expressed.

APTLD wishes to state that it supports the continuation of the status-quo
regarding country and territory designators as top-level domains, i.e.:

– all 2-letter ASCII
codes, whether or not in the ISO 3166 alpha-2 list, are reserved for ccTLDs,

– all 3-letter ASCII
codes in the ISO 3166 alpha-3 list are reserved and cannot be applied for, and

– any string in the
Reserved Country and Territory Names lists referred to in the ICANN
https://www.icann.org/resources/country-territory-names/#reserved would not be
delegated as a gTLD.

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