What is the NRO NC and why be elected?
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) Number Council (NC) was formed in 2004 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICANN and the NRO. The NRO Number Council advises the NRO Executive Council on proposed global number resource policies. Under the MoU, the NC performs the role of the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC). The specific responsibilities of the NRO Number Council are outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding.
Each Regional Internet Registry (RIR) elects or appoints three representatives to the NRO Number Council. In the APNIC region, two members elected by the Internet community serve a two-year term and are eligible for re-election at the end of each term. The APNIC Executive Council appoints one Member who serves a one-year term.
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How is the NRO NC structured?
The NRO NC comprises 15 Members, 3 from each of the 5 RIR regions. NC Members do not represent any RIR nor do they act as representatives of any other body. They are appointed in their individual capacity and their membership cannot be substituted by any other individual or organization.
Duties of NRO NC members
The NRO NC is responsible for:
- Performing the role of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council. This includes:
- Undertaking a role in global policy development.
- Providing recommendations to the Board of ICANN concerning the recognition of new RIRs
- Defining procedures for selection of individuals to serve on other ICANN bodies
- Advising the ICANN Board on number resource allocation policy in conjunction with the RIRs
- Advising and assisting the NRO NC in its periodic review of the service level of the IANA Numbering Services provided to the Internet Number Community
- See the Internet Number Community Review Charter for an outline of the functions of the Review Committee
- For the review of the IANA Numbering Services, see article 8 of the SLA
- Reporting to the NRO EC any concerns regarding the performance of the IANA Numbering Services Operator
- Please note that only two community elected NRO NC members (not the NC member appointed by the APNIC EC) as APNIC's representatives to the IANA Numbering Services Review Committee will have this responsibility
Planned meetings (usually via teleconference or face-to-face) include monthly NRO NC meetings, ICANN meetings, APNIC Conferences and participation in the Policy SIG.
Current NRO NC Members
Please visit the NRO Number Council website for a list of members from all RIRs.
Terms and Conditions
- Positions on the NRO NC are voluntary.
- NC Members do not receive any compensation for their services; however, they will be reimbursed for actual, necessary, and reasonable travel and subsequent expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. APNIC may not be able to reimburse Members all expenses associated with NRO duties
- All nominees for the elected positions are contacted via email to confirm their willingness to serve on the NRO NC. If a nominee is not contactable via email or does not respond, then their nomination will not be confirmed and they will be ineligible for election.
- Candidates appointed by the APNIC EC also confirm their willingness to serve on the NRO NC.
- If an APNIC elected or appointed Member vacates his or her position on the NC, a written notice must be given to the ASO Address Council, the NRO and APNIC Secretariat, and the ICANN Secretary.
NC Members may resign at any time by giving written notice to the other NRO NC Members. A vacancy is also deemed to occur in the case of the death or removal of any Member. When a vacancy occurs, an interim appointment by the affected RIR fills the vacant position until the next scheduled NRO NC election.