Number Resource Organization to Highlight the Importance of Global Adoption of IPv6 at Internet Governance Forum

  • Two workshops to be hosted by the NRO on ‘IPv6 Around the World’ and ‘Enhancing Transparency in Internet Governance’
  • Multi-stakeholder cooperation remains critical to the continued growth of the Internet

Amsterdam, 9th September 2010 – The Number Resource Organization (NRO), made up of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries, will lead key discussions about Internet infrastructure at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) next week. All Internet stakeholders are invited to participate by attending two NRO-hosted workshops, either on-site or remotely.

The first session, entitled ‘IPv6 Around the World’, takes place on Tuesday, 14th September, and will highlight the positive work being done in all regions to deploy IPv6. The focus of the workshop will be to encourage planned adoption of the next-generation addressing protocol across developed and developing regions through the sharing of best practices. The organisers hope that discussions from this session will help to inform the Critical Internet Resources main session, on Wednesday, 15th September, with the latest news about the state of global IPv6 deployment.

A second workshop on ‘Enhancing Transparency in Internet Governance’ will take place on Wednesday, 15th September. The discussion will focus around the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors on this issue, which is critical to ensuring that all stakeholders can benefit from the continued growth of the Internet.

Axel Pawlik, chair of the NRO, explains: “The Internet plays a vital role in today’s global economy, precisely because it does not obey traditional geographic and national boundaries.  As many people today are realising, global cooperation is essential to ensuring that the Internet is a safe, accessible and stable environment for all.”

He continues, “The RIRs, the NRO and many others in the broader Internet technical community are committed to working closely with governments and regulatory bodies around the world to aid the understanding of the Internet infrastructure, particularly in relation to any policy decisions. We must continue to work together to ensure that regulation can be both practical and effective, without sacrificing the incredible benefits of the Internet.”

In addition to the NRO workshops on “IPv6 Around the World” (87) and “Enhancing Transparency in Internet Governance” (88), RIR representatives are participating in the following sessions and workshops:

  • Main session: Internet governance for development (Thursday, 16th September)
  • 27. Use of Latin and Native American Languages on the Internet (Friday, 17th September)
  • 28. Priorities for the long term stability of the Internet (Tuesday, 14th September)
  • 60. A Proposal For Setting A Standard of Care in International Law For Cross-Border Internet (Tuesday, 14th September)
  • 146. The Impact of Good Governance of Internet for Human and Sustainable Development (Wednesday, 15th September)
  • 148. The Internet and FOSS: Applications and Challenges for Africa (Friday, 17th September)
  • 158. Routing and Resource Certification: Self-governance and security at the core of Internet operations (Tuesday, 14th September)
  • 172. Public-Private Cooperation on Internet Safety/Cybercrime (Wednesday, 15th September)
  • O.F5 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Policy and Practice Work on Data Protection and Privacy (Wednesday, 15th September)


Notes to Editors

About the Number Resource Organization (NRO)

The NRO exists to protect the pool of unallocated Internet numbers (IP addresses and AS numbers) and serves as a coordinating mechanism for the five RIRs to act collectively on matters relating to the interests of RIRs. For further information, visit

About the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)

Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are independent, not-for-profit membership organisations that support the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination. There are five RIRs in the world today. Currently, the Internet Assigned Numbers Association (IANA) allocates blocks of IP addresses and ASNs, known collectively as Internet number resources, to the RIRs, who then distribute them to their members within their own specific service regions. RIR members include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications organisations, large corporations, governments, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders, including end users.
The RIR model of open, transparent participation has proven successful at responding to the rapidly changing Internet environment. Each RIR holds one to two open meetings per year, as well as facilitating online discussion by the community, to allow the open exchange of ideas from the technical community, the business sector, civil society, and government regulators.
The five RIRs are:

Each RIR performs a range of critical functions including,

The reliable and stable allocation of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources)
The responsible storage and maintenance of this registration data
The provision of an open, publicly accessible database where this data can be accessed
RIRs also provide a range of technical and coordination services for the Internet community


Number Resource Organization

Lucie Smith/Kersti Klami
Racepoint Group UK
Tel: +44(0)208 8811 2474

Marissa Ramey
ARIN/Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Tel: +1.202.349.3788

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