The GAC's key role is to provide advice to ICANN onĀ  issues of public policy, and especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN's activities or policies and national laws or international agreements. The GAC usually meets three times a year in conjunction with ICANN meetings, where it discusses issues with the ICANN Board and other ICANN Supporting Organisations, Advisory Committees, and receives updates on process and policy from ICANN staff.

Membership of the GAC is open to all national governments and distinct economies as recognised in international fora. Multinational governmental organisations and treaty organisations may join the GAC as observers. Currently, the GAC is regularly attended by approximately 50 national governments, distinct economies, and global organisations such as the ITU, UNESCO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), INTERPOL and regional organisations such as the OECD, Asia Pacific Forum, and Council of Europe.

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