Should the consortium go on and encode new emoji with every release? The ICU is most known for the software package of the same name. If you use Message Format for i18n, or some kind of number or date formatter, chances are, that under the hood your environment calls ICU for help: http://site.icu-project.org/ Up until now ... Apparently many players in the field support a rather large set of emoji out of the box. Here is a handy cheat sheet to look them up. The proposal: http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2016/16059-copyleft.pdf (PDF) Mine is the snowman! A classic and always so cute.