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The GAC Geographic Names Working Group focuses on how to improve the protections offered to geographic names in any future expansion of gTLDs.

Chair: Olga Cavalli (Argentina)

Mailing list:  gac-geonames-wg@icann.org (please email gac-staff@icann.org if you wish to subscribe to the mailing list)


ICANN 59 Johannesburg




  • Tuesday 27 June 2017
    14:15 to 15:00
    Working Group meeting
    • Agenda:
  1. Ways to make GAC/ALAC cooperation more concrete (eg., small groups following up the discussion at joint meetings)
  2. New approaches to the subsequent new gTLD procedures (incl. CBA's, possible for profit/not for profit categories, geo names, etc)
  3. Possible cooperation in underserved regions 
  4. AOB
  • Tuesday 27 June 2017
    17:00 to 18:30 (60 mins)
    Cross-Community Discussion on Geographic Names at the Top-Level Session I
  • Thursday 29 June 2017
    15:15 to 18:30 (90 mins)
    Cross-Community Discussion on Geographic Names at the Top-Level Session II

Preparation documents:

ICANN 58 Copenhagen

Tuesday 14 March 2017

11:00 to 12:00 

CWG on the use of country & territory names as TLDs (CWG UCTN) 

Preparation for ICANN 58

Best practices document with edits - 29 January 2017.doc

Summary comments Geo Names v2 - 29 January 2017.pdf

ICANN 57 Hyderabad

Thursday 3 November 2016


Geo Names WG Slides

GAC Working Group to examine the Protection of Geographic Names in any future expansion of gTLDs Meeting Transcript.pdf

ICANN 56 Helsinki

Monday 27 June 2016

08:15 to 09:15

Geo Names WG Work Plan v2.pdf

GEO names Helsinki Presentation

English transcript   
Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

ICANN 55 Marrakech

Tuesday 8 March 2016
12:30 to 14:00 


GAC Geographic Names WG meeting
Work Plan
About Public Interest 
Working Paper



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