Board Global Relationships Committee (BGRC) Minutes | 11 September 2012

BGRC Attendees: Chris Disspain, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Gonzalo Navarro – Chair, George Sadowsky and Kuo-Wei Wu

Other Board Attendees: Sébastien Bachollet, Steve Crocker, Heather Dryden, Bill Graham, Mike Silber and Suzanne Woolf

BGRC Apologies: Erika Mann

Invited Attendee: Olga Madruga-Forti

Staff Attendees: Kurt Pritz – Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations; Michelle Bright, Rodrigo de la Parra, Samantha Eisner, Elise Gerich, Jamie Hedlund, Nigel Hickson, Tarek Kamel, Sally Costerton, and Alina Syunkova


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Minutes of the Prior Meeting – The BGRC approved the minutes of its June 2012 meeting.

  2. Attendance at IGF – The BGRC discussed planning for ICANN's attendance and participation at the upcoming meeting of the IGF in November 2012.

  3. Internationalization Survey – The BGRC discussed the mode of introducing the survey results to the community. The BGRC agreed that though the Internationalization strategy is likely changing with the new leadership, ICANN should proceed with its commitment to publish the results of the Internationalization survey, while noting that the results may be overtaken by the new work being undertaken at the direction of the new President and CEO.

    • Actions:

      • Staff to publish survey results with introductory note.

      • Staff to coordinate Toronto public session on enhancing ICANN's globalization efforts.

  4. Regional Strategy – The BGRC received presentations on ICANN's development of regional strategies in the African and Latin American regions. Initial draft plans on the Africa strategy will be presented to the community in Toronto, and a session is scheduled in Toronto on stakeholder engagement and outreach in the Latin American/Caribbean region.

  5. Any Other Business – The BGRC discussed a request to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding from a regional organization.