Explanation: On February 15, 2008, ICANN’s Board acknowledged receipt of the “GNSO Improvements Report” and indicated that it would like to receive final public comments on the Report to enable it to consider and implement the Report’s recommendations as soon as possible. The Board has directed ICANN staff to open a public comment forum on the Report for 30 days, draft a detailed implementation plan in consultation with the GNSO, begin implementation of the non-contentious recommendations, and return to the Board and community for further consideration of the implementation plan. A copy of the Board’s resolution regarding this matter can be found here.
The ICANN Board Governance Committee’s “GNSO Review Working Group” developed the Report’s set of recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the GNSO, including its policy activities, structure, operations and communications. The Report reflects the Working Group’s examination of many aspects of the GNSO’s functioning, including the use of working groups and the overall policy development process (PDP), and the structure of the GNSO Council and its constituencies. The Board Governance Committee determined that the GNSO Improvements working group had fulfilled its charter and forwarded the report to the Board for consideration.
Originally due to close on 25 March 2008, the public comment period on the GNSO Improvements Report has been extended by one month, now closing on 25 April 2008. On 19 March 2008, the Board’s Executive Committee agreed to grant the extension to permit sufficient time for: i) the parties requesting the extension to have sufficient time to provide to the ICANN Board their proposal, including the details of the consultations and nature of the support that they have gathered; and, ii) to allow time for an additional call to the community to file submissions relating to all aspects of the posted report.
|Staff member responsible: Denise Michel