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  • The domain name int is a sponsored top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from the word international, characterizing its use for international organizations and treaty-related purposes. The first use of this domain was by NATO, which had previously been assigned the top-level domain nato. According to Internet Assigned Numbers Authority policy, based on RFC 1591, the sTLD int is reserved for international treaty-based organisations, United Nations agencies, and organisations or entities having Observer status at the UN. int is considered to have the strictest application policies of all TLDs, as it implies that the holder is a subject of international law. For this reason, the application procedure requires the applicant to provide evidence that it is indeed treaty-based by providing a United Nations treaty registration number and that it has independent legal status. Hence, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants saw its initial application for a domain name under int rejected on the grounds that the convention did not explicitly create an entity subject of international law. However, POPS appealed to the IANA Reconsideration Committee and obtained its domain on the grounds that other conventions lacking such specific language had nevertheless obtained a registration. The IANA granted the domain after the committee determined that the organisation was chartered by a treaty that was very likely to enter into force, and despite lacking a legal track record, it met "the requirement for independent international legal personality." This grant was subject to the proviso that the status of eligibility be renewed if the treaty hadn't entered into force within four years of the registration. Wikipedia

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