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.

Revised gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group Petition

Open: 11 May 09
Closed: 10 June 09

Explanation:As part of the comprehensive GNSO Improvements effort, last August the ICANN Board approved the formation of four new Stakeholder Groups (SGs). These SG structures represent a new concept for the GNSO that was envisioned by the Board Governance Committee GNSO Review Working Group On GNSO Improvements (BGC WG).

On 4 March, the Registries Constituency of the GNSO (RyC) submitted its original petition and charter proposal for the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) in the Contracted Parties House of the GNSO. On 24 April, the RyC submitted the "final version" of its petition for approval of Articles of Operation for the RySG.

Final RyC SG Proposal [PDF, 276 KB]

Original 4 March 2009 Ry SG Filing [PDF, 58 KB]

The overall GNSO Improvements effort and the role SGs will play in that arena is more fully described in the Stakeholder Group section of the GNSO Improvements Information Page -

All members of the ICANN community are now invited to review, compare and comment on the two RySG submissions through 10 June 2009.

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

 Deadline and How to Submit Comments: The Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 11 May 2009 through 10 June 2009, and invites community comments on this topic.

To submit comments: Comments on the document are welcome via email at This public forum will be open at least through 5 April 2009 and is subject to extension as described above.

To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at

For a copy of the public announcement of this forum please see

Staff member responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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