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GNSO Constituency Renewals 2009

Open: 4 February 09
Closed: 25 February 09

Explanation: At the direction of the ICANN Board, the six existing constituencies of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) have submitted documents that are intended to demonstrate their compliance with the principles of representativeness, openness, transparency and fairness set forth in the ICANN Bylaws. All members of the ICANN community are now invited to review those submissions and share comments and observations with the Board.

The re-confirmation of existing GNSO Constituencies is an important part of the overall GNSO Improvements Implementation effort. The existing constituencies will be fundamental structures for new GNSO Stakeholder Groups that are being created as part of the GNSO Improvements effort. They will also play a critical ongoing role in the functions of the GNSO. It is important that all ICANN constituencies maintain their commitment to the principles of representativeness, openness, transparency and fairness set forth in the ICANN Bylaws. Community feedback on the practices and processes of the existing GNSO constituencies and their adherence to the existing Bylaws is an important component of the Board's evaluations of these groups and any further improvements that the Board may recommend.

Constituency Reconfirmations Submitted to the Board

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The Staff is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 4 February 2009 through 25 February 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 through 25 February 2009.

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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