TUNIS - 17 November 2005
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is
satisfied with the result of the WSIS. It is a positive result that the role
of governments inside the area of Internet governance has been clearly
defined, and that there is a clear decision for governments not to become
involved in the daily operational and technical matters of the Internet.
This result, while recognising the importance of full involvement of all
stakeholders, allows for the continued successful operation of the Internet
and is a successful outcome for the Internet community as a whole.
"The outcome of the Tunis Phase of the WSIS is very significant and quite
remarkable," says Axel Pawlik, Chairman of the Number Resource Organization.
"We are very pleased that the policy development processes of the Regional
Internet Registries (RIR) have been recognised and reinforced by the Tunis
Agenda. Over the coming months and beyond, we will continue our ongoing
efforts to reach out to governments, as well as to other stakeholders, in
order to exchange views on the Tunis outcomes and to develop priorities for
The WSIS has recognised the long standing bottom-up processes and services
provided by the RIR to the Internet community. It affirms that neither
competitive nor parallel registry systems are needed, recognising that RIR
processes fully support open participation by the community at large,
allowing for fair, equitable, and representative resource allocation
policies. It further recognises that these processes will also continue to
balance the priorities for Internet resource management at the global,
regional, national and local levels, in order to ensure stability and
integrity of the Internet's global addressing and routing structures.
Building on the success of the WSIS, the RIR look forward to increased
participation of all stakeholders, including governments, in regional and
global policy processes. Says Mr. Pawlik, "As the Internet landscape
continues to evolve and change, we see this as a means to develop processes
and services that will continue to meet its needs. We have been pleased with
the opportunity over the past several years to participate in the WSIS, and
are looking forward to participation as a full partner in future dialogues."
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