The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is a coordinating body for the five Regional Internet Registries to formalise their cooperative efforts. While the NRO is composed of staff members of the different RIRs, the NRO NC is made up of three community representatives from each RIR region. Of the three people from each region, two are selected by the RIR community and a third is appointed by the RIR's Executive Board.
Under the terms of the MoU signed between the ICANN and the RIRs in October 2004, the NRO Number Council (NRO NC) also performs the role of the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC).
The ASO is one of ICANN’s three Supporting Organizations (SOs). It reviews and develops recommendations on Internet Protocol (IP) address policy and advises the ICANN Board on policy issues relating to the operation, assignment, and management of IP addresses.
The ASO AC’s responsibilities include:
The ASO AC meets on the first Wednesday of each month by teleconference. These meetings are open to observers.
Remote participation information is published two weeks prior to each meeting. Please note that while observers are invited to listen, they are not able to directly participate in these meetings.
Each RIR community selects two people to serve on the NRO NC. Each RIR’s Executive Board also appoints one person from its respective region to serve. RIPE's representatives are listed below.
31 December 2026
31 December 2024
31 December 2025
*Continuing the three-year term started by James Kennedy in January 2023
Members serving on the NRO NC are expected to (among other things):
NRO NC members are expected to actively drive the selection process for Seat 9 and 10 of the ICANN Board. This includes:
The ASO AC teleconference takes place monthly and lasts for one hour. Additionally, NRO NC members are expected to actively follow relevant policy developments in their region and globally.
Further time commitments are connected to attendance of events and preparation for events and meetings, and as required for the ICANN Board Seat 9 and 10 selection process.
No member of the NRO NC shall receive any compensation for their services as an NRO NC member. NRO NC members shall, however, at their request, be reimbursed for actual, necessary and reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
If you have any questions about NRO NC elections, please contact nominations [at] ripe [dot] net