APNIC Executive Council unanimously supports Montevideo Statement

Published on:Tuesday,28 January 2014

The APNIC EC resolves to adopt the following statement on the Montevideo Statement and proposed follow-up activities.

APNIC is a signatory to the "Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation", which was issued in October 2013 after a meeting among Internet technical organizations.

The Montevideo Statement was signed by the heads of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the five regional Internet address registries (African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC), and Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC).

At its meeting on 6 December 2013, the APNIC Executive Council (EC) unanimously resolved to ratify and support APNIC's position, as stated in the Montevideo Statement.

The Montevideo Statement addresses issues that are important to APNIC and to the future of Internet operations. These include the future performance and configuration of IANA, the broader environment of technical coordination and cooperation of which APNIC is a member, and the deployment of IPv6.

Regarding the first point, the primary interest of APNIC is in the ongoing stability and reliability of the global number registry functions, which are provided by IANA. These registries must continue to be operated in a manner that complies with the global policy development processes of the Internet community, and which responds to the concerns of the Internet technical and broader communities.

APNIC supports the operation of IANA's global number registry functions by ICANN, as a proven arrangement, which has met the needs of the IP addressing community very well for some 15 years. We would seek greater transparency in this arrangement, by establishing an improved agreement with ICANN under which specific IANA functions will be provided.

APNIC is also interested in ICANN's ongoing development as a robust and trusted organization that enjoys the support of the broad multistakeholder Internet community. It should continue its evolution towards a globalized structure that places no government or other party in a privileged position.

APNIC recognizes and affirms the multistakeholder nature of Internet coordination, cooperation, and governance, and supports the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as the agreed venue for these matters to be advanced.

The IGF provides an important platform for outreach and engagement with our own stakeholders, and also for technical community expertise to be brought to bear on discussions wherever it is needed. The healthy functioning and evolution of the IGF is important to us, to ensure that the IGF does remain the recognized venue for such discussions.

Finally, on the important question of IPv6, the APNIC EC is happy to see ongoing progress in IPv6 deployment globally, and remains committed to actively supporting IPv6 until there is no doubt of success in the global deployment effort.

The APNIC EC hopes to hear from members of the community on these issues; through the forthcoming APNIC conferences where they will be discussed, and the next APNIC Member and Stakeholder Survey, which will be launched during APRICOT 2014. We look forward to engaging with members of the APNIC community on these issues.

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