LACNIC Community discusses IANA Stewardship Transition

By on 31 Oct 2014

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As part of the ongoing international community discussions about the IANA stewardship transition (APNIC met in September, ARIN in October), this week LACNIC met to canvas the Latin American numbering community’s opinions.

LACNIC took the APNIC draft plan as a starting point and added a new feature. They are proposing a new oversight body, held by the NRO, called the ‘Multistakeholder Oversight Numbers Council’ (MONC).

If this suggestion is agreed by CRISP, this will be a multistakeholder group including civil society, governments, private sector and technical community members from each of the RIR regions.

The proposal suggests that the NRO and MONC join ICANN in an Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) agreement before 30 June 2015. As in the APNIC plan, this AoC will replace the 2007-2009 letters and will establish rights and obligations to each party.

Under the proposal, MONC would be a permanent side-body of the NRO and more concerned with accountability than oversight. It would meet once every year and, together with the NRO, would review and evaluate the IANA numbers function performed by ICANN.

In LACNIC’s view, the accountability of the MONC would be guaranteed by its multistakeholder nature. MONC is proposed in a similar fashion to the Fiscal Commission of LACNIC.

The slide deck presented by Lito Ibarra (LACNIC board member) to introduce the MONC concept can be found here, however it is mostly in Spanish.

There are a few innovative elements in this proposal: that the RIRs are membership based but not necessarily multistakeholder and this proposal added a multistakeholder element to an accountability function.

The LACNIC proposal certainly enriches the debate and it is now open for discussion, not only within the LACNIC community, but across the whole numbering community globally. I look forward to learning the reactions from the Asia-Pacific numbering community to LACNIC’s suggestion.

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