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Number Resource Organization

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is a coordinating body for the five Regional Internet Registries to formalise their cooperative efforts.

NRO logo 2The NRO exists to:

  • Protect the unallocated Number Resource pool,
  • Promote and protect the bottom up policy development process, and
  • Act as a focal point for Internet community input into the RIR system.


History of the NRO

On 24 October 2003, the four existing RIRs – APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC and the RIPE NCC – entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICANN to form the NRO. Once AfriNIC was incorporated in April 2005 it signed the MoU and joined the NRO.

The NRO Number Council (NC)

Under the terms of the MoU signed between the ICANN and the RIRs in October 2004, the NRO Number Council (NRO NC) now performs the role of the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC). The NRO NC is made up of three community representatives from each RIR region.

NRO News

NRO NC Call for Nominations

Call for nominations to fill one seat on the NRO NC.

Official Announcement

Official call for nominations to fill one seat on the Number Resource Organization (NRO) Number Council (NC). The election for this NRO NC seat takes place during the RIPE 83 meeting, held virtually from 22-26 November 2021.

NRO NC Nominations - November 2021

NRO NC Nominations 2021

Statement of the Number Resource Organization on Allegations Against AFRINIC

It has come to the attention of the Number Resource Organization (“NRO”) that certain members of the Internet community have expressed concerns regarding AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry (“RIR”) for Africa, and its operations. Through messages posted on various community mailing lists, allegations have been made against AFRINIC and the performance of its duties as an RIR. While the issues raised are best resolved by the RIR at issue, the NRO provides the following statement to the global Internet community.

Results of the NRO NC Election May 2021
Robert Poehler
James Kennedy

NRO NC Confirmed Candidate May 2021

NRO NC Elections 2021: Call for Nominations

This is a call for nominations from the RIPE NCC service region to fill Filiz Yilmaz’s seat on the Number Resource Organization (NRO) Number Council (NC). Filiz recently stepped down from her position and will end her term on 31 May 2021.

Official Announcement
Electronic Voting at the NRO NC Election - May 2021

The election to fill one NRO NC seat will take place at the RIPE 82 Meeting from 17-21 May 2021. All members of the RIPE community who are checked in to attend the RIPE 82 Meeting may vote in the election. The election will be conducted electronically and each attendee will have one vote. The nominee with the most votes will be elected.