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Public Comments Sought on GNSO Improvements

19 June 2007

The Board Governance Committee's GNSO Review Working Group (BGC WG) spent the past several weeks considering reviews of the GNSO and its Council and extensive input on GNSO improvements to determine whether, in general, the GNSO has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness (as required in the Bylaws). The BGC WG has issued a preliminary working draft which presents the working group's initial thinking on the questions under review for discussion with the Community at the upcoming ICANN Meeting in San Juan and for public comment through the ICANN website. There will be a Public Forum devoted exclusively to GNSO improvements on Monday, 25 June, from 16:00 to 18:00, in the San Geronimo Room. This working draft does not reach any definitive recommendations or conclusions at this time, for there is not yet agreement among all members of the BGC WG. It is posted to encourage further public discussion and comment, and it does not represent the position of the Working Group, the Board Governance Committee, or the Board.

The following documents present the BGC WG's initial ideas and pose key questions on which public comment is sought:

The BGC WG looks forward to discussing its progress and related questions at the Public Forum and through the public comment process. Comments on this working draft can be posted to gnso-improvements@icann.org and reviewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-improvements.