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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 Delegated Statistics Files Updated

Today we found an issue with the NRO delegated statistics files published between 28 November and 16 December - the files were generated successfully but did not contain up-to-date information. We have re-created the statistics files for this period - all published statistics files are up-to-date again.

Results of the NRO NC Election November 2021
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
Sander Steffann
James Kennedy

NRO NC Confirmed Candidate May 2021