Registration Policies for .ngo|.ong

The mission and purpose of the .ngo top level domain (“TLD”) and the .ong TLD (collectively referred to as “.ngo|.ong”) is to serve the global Non-Governmental Organisation (“NGO”) Community by supplying it with exclusive TLDs that will offer NGOs and associationsof NGOs differentiated and verified online identities.

A. Bundling of Domains in .ngo|.ong

Registration of domains in .ngo|.ong are technically “bundled.” This means that by registering and purchasing a domain in the .ngo TLD, for example, the NGO registrant (the “Registrant”) is also
registering and purchasing the corresponding name in the .ong TLD (and vice-versa for registrations in .ong). The Registrant cannot, for example, purchase “example.ngo” by itself; by purchasing the domain “example.ngo” the Registrant is also necessarily purchasing the domain “example.ong” due to the technical bundling of domains in .ngo|.ong.

(a) If the Registrant takes a particular action concerning the registration of a domain registered in .ngo (such as transferring or deleting the registration), the same action must also be taken for the
corresponding .ong domain (and vice-versa).

(b) If, pursuant to this, or any of its other Policies (available here http://pir.org/policies), Public Interest Registry (the “Registry” or “PIR”) takes action concerning a domain registered in .ngo (including, but not limited to, denying, suspending, revoking, transferring or modifying the information or services provided in relation to any domain name), the Registry will necessarily take the same action against the corresponding domain registered in the .ong TLD (and vice versa).

B. Registrant Eligibility Requirements

Only members of the NGO community may register a .ngo|.ong domain name bundle. All Registrants must demonstrate such membership through evidence of NGO status or as a membership
organization of NGOs. The Registry uses seven distinct characteristics to define an NGO: Registrants in .ngo|.ong must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Focused on acting in the public interest. Whether in support of education or health, the environment or human rights, members of the .ngo|.ong community work for the good of humankind and/or the preservation of the planet and do not promote discrimination or bigotry.

2. Non-profit making/non-profit-focused entities. While many NGOs engage in commercial activities or generate revenue in support of their missions, members of the .ngo|.ong community do not recognize profits or retain earnings.

3. Limited government influence. Recognizing that many NGOs have important interactions with government, not least for reasons of funding (w hich may include receipt of some government funding in support of their programs), members of the .ngo|.ong community decide their own policies, direct their own activities and are independent of direct government or political control.

4. Independent actors. Members of the .ngo|.ong community should not be political parties nor should be a part of any government. Participation in the work of an .ngo|.ong is voluntary.

5. Active Organisations. Members of the .ngo|.ong community are actively pursuing their missions on a regular basis.

6. Structured. Members of the .ngo|.ong community, whether large or small, operate in a structured manner (e.g., under bylaws, codes of conduct, or ganisational standards, or other governance
structures.)

7. Lawful. Members of the .ngo|.ong community act with integrity within the bounds of law.

C. Process for Registrants in .ngo|.ong

During the registration process, the Registrant will be asked to verify and certify that it meets the eligibility requirements listed above. This will be accomplished via a two-step process.

Step 1: Registration

The first step requires the Registrant to provide information about itself, including the identity of the NGO or NGO association on whose behalf the entity is acting and the role that the representative of the registering entity fulfills within the NGO or NGO association. The Registrant will then certify (via click through box) that Registrant has read, understands and has complied with these Registration Policies and that information provided by the entity is accurate and complete.

It is Registrant’s responsibility to determine whether the dom ain name bundle registration infringes or violates someone else’s rights. It is also Registrant’s responsibility to determine whether the
domain name bundle registration complies with these Registration Policies. Since .ngo and .ong are validated TLDs, transparency in the registration process is essential. Accordingly, neither proxy
registrations nor hidden WHOIS information are permitted for domains registered in .ngo|.ong.

PIR conducts random audits of .ngo|.ong domain bundle registrations and reserves the right to cancel, transfer or modify a domain name, in accordance with PIR’s Registrations Dispute Resolution Policy (“RDRP”), Anti-Abuse Policy, Takedown Policy or other legal requirements.

Once the registration process is completed, the domain name bundle will be registered, but will not resolve until the validation process (below) is successfully completed.

Step 2: Validation:

Registrant will be required to submit information and documentation to PIR establishing that it meets the eligibility requirements of an NGO. The Registrant will be asked to provide evidence of its NGO status through a document upload function when it begins the validation process. Validation documentation may consist of one or more of the following: government lists, corporate documents (e.g., Articles of Incorporation), tax records or other documents evidencing the entity’s charitable status and work in the community it serves. PIR may attempt to confirm that the documentation provided establishes the Registrant’s NG O status. In the event that PIR requires additional information to confirm the Registrant’s NGO status (which is determined in PIR’s sole discretion), it will notify the Registrant that more information is needed to complete the validation process and the Registrant will need to provide such additional information or documentation to complete validation. Once validation is complete the domain name bundle will resolve.

If the Registrant does not successfully complete the validation process within one year from the date it registers the domain name bundle, the domain name bundle will be deleted and released back into the pool of available domains and any fees paid in connection with the registration of the domain name bundle will be forfeit.
The Registrant will be required to certify that the information and documentation it submitted in the validation process remains true, complete and accurate at least once every two years after initial validation. The Registry will, from time to time, conduct random audits of Registrants to ensure compliance with NGO eligibility requirements (http://pir.org/what-are-the-eligibility-requirements-for-registering-ngo-and-ong-for-nonprofits-and-ngos). The Registrant acknowledges and understands that, in the event it is selected for such an audit, it will promptly comply with any inquiries and requests from the Registry to provide additional evidence of its NGO status. If, as a result of the audit process, the Registry determines (in its sole discretion) that the Registrant does meet the NGO eligibility requirements, the Registrant’s domain name bundle will be deleted and released back into the pool of available domains and any fees paid in connection with the Registrant’s domain name bundle will be forfeit.
D. Name Selection Policy
The .ngo|.ong domain name bundle that a Registrant wishes to register must fulfill certain name policy criteria. PIR permits .ngo|.ong Registrants to register the following types of domain name
bundles:
1. the name of (entire or portion of) the NGO, e.g. its “doing business as” name;
2. an acronym representing the NGO;
3. a name that recognizes or generally describes the NGO; or
4. a name related to the mission or activities of the NGO.