Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

Meetings Reform

Open: 9 June 08
Closed: 10 July 08

Explanation: Should ICANN change the number of meetings that it holds and their location? The Meetings Reform Paper [pdf] asks the community to consider that the number of meetings be reduced from three to two per year - a change that would commence from 2010.

The paper also proposes that one of the two meetings be held in locations that are transport hubs. The locations would need to be the subject of a separate consultation, but would be rotated through the existing ICANN predetermined regions.

There has not been substantive change to meetings processes or the frequency of the meetings since the organization’s inception. The purpose of the paper is to encourage debate on any matters to do with meetings that the community may wish to raise, but to especially consider issues concerning the frequency of meetings and their location.

Aside from this public comment period, consultations will also be held at the Paris meeting directly with Committees and Councils and there will also be the opportunity to comment via the public forum.

Staff member responsible: Paul Levins

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