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ICANN Resolutions » Redelegation of the .MK domain and delegation of the .мкд domain representing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Macedonian Academic Research Network Skopje

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Redelegation of the .MK domain and delegation of the .мкд domain representing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Macedonian Academic Research Network Skopje

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Re-delegation of .MK domain
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Resolution Number: 
2014.10.16.02 - 2014.10.16.03
Resolution Text: 

Resolved (2014.10.16.02), as part of the exercise of its responsibilities under the IANA Functions Contract, ICANN has reviewed and evaluated the request to redelegate the .MK country-code top-level domain and delegate the .мкд IDN country-code top-level domain to Macedonian Academic Research Network Skopje. The documentation demonstrates that the proper procedures were followed in evaluating the request.

Resolved (2014.10.16.03), the Board directs that pursuant to Article III, Section 5.2 of the ICANN Bylaws, that certain portions of the rationale not appropriate for public distribution within the resolutions, preliminary report or minutes at this time due to contractual obligations, shall be withheld until public release is allowed pursuant to those contractual obligations.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Rationale for Resolutions 2014.10.16.02 – 2014.10.16.03

Why the Board is addressing the issue now?

In accordance with the IANA Functions Contract, the ICANN staff has evaluated two requests for ccTLD redelegation and delegation, and is presenting its report to the Board for review. This review by the Board is intended to ensure that ICANN staff has followed the proper procedures.

What is the proposal being considered?

The proposal is to approve two requests to the IANA Department to assign and change the sponsoring organization (also known as the manager or trustee) of the .мкд and .MK country-code top-level domains to the Macedonian Academic Research Network Skopje.

Which stakeholders or others were consulted?

In the course of evaluating delegation and redelegation applications, ICANN staff consults with the applicant and other interested parties. As part of the application process, the applicant needs to describe consultations that were performed within the country concerning the ccTLD, and their applicability to their local Internet community.

What concerns or issues were raised by the community?

Staff are not aware of any significant issues or concerns raised by the community in relation to this request.

What significant materials did the Board review?

The Board reviewed the following IANA Department staff evaluations:

The domains are eligible for continued delegation, as MK is an assigned alpha-2 code that is listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard for the country of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and мкд is the approved internationalized domain name string for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia;
The requests are consented by the existing sponsoring organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
The relevant government has been consulted and does not object;
The proposed sponsoring organization and its contacts agree to their responsibilities for managing these domains;
The proposals have demonstrated appropriate local Internet community consultation and support;
The proposals do not contravene any known laws or regulations;
The proposals ensure the domains are managed locally in the country, and are bound under local law;
The proposed sponsoring organization has confirmed they will manage the domains in a fair and equitable manner;
The proposed sponsoring organization has demonstrated appropriate operational and technical skills and plans to operate the domains;
The proposed technical configuration meets the IANA Department's various technical conformance requirements;
No specific risks or concerns relating to Internet stability have been identified; and
Staff have provided a recommendation that these requests be implemented based on the factors considered.
These evaluations are responsive to the appropriate criteria and policy frameworks, such as "Domain Name System Structure and Delegation" (RFC 1591) and "GAC Principles and Guidelines for the Delegation and Administration of Country Code Top Level Domains".

As part of the process established by the IANA Functions Contract, the "Delegation and Redelegation Report" will be published at

What factors the Board found to be significant?

The Board did not identify any specific factors of concern with these requests.

Are there positive or negative community impacts?

The timely approval of country-code domain name managers that meet the various public interest criteria is positive toward ICANN's overall mission, the local communities to which country- code top-level domains are designated to serve, and responsive to ICANN's obligations under the IANA Functions Contract.

Are there financial impacts or ramifications on ICANN (strategic plan, operating plan, budget); the community; and/or the public?

The administration of country-code delegations in the DNS root zone is part of the IANA functions, and the delegation action should not cause any significant variance on pre-planned expenditure. It is not the role of ICANN to assess the financial impact of the internal operations of country-code top-level domains within a country.

Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?

ICANN does not believe these requests pose any notable risks to security, stability or resiliency.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.