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.

GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters

Open: 30 June 09
Closed: 21 July 09 Extended to
23 July 09

Explanation: As part of the comprehensive GNSO Improvements effort, last year the ICANN Board approved the formation of four new GNSO Stakeholder Groups (SGs). After considering proposed SG Charters that were submitted by the community and posted for public comment, the ICANN Board passed a Resolution in May directing its Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) and ICANN Staff to revise the SG Charters to make them consistent with the Board’s GNSO Improvements Report (and related Resolutions). Stakeholder Groups are integral elements of a new, restructured GNSO, and are intended to be lightweight "caucuses" bringing together like-minded international groups (Constituencies) to elect the best representatives to fill the SG’s allotted Council seats. Stakeholder Groups ensure that the ratio of Council seats among SGs remains the same while encouraging the formation of new Constituencies and the continued growth and diversification of the GNSO community. 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 Web Page.

The SIC provided the community with the revised charters listed below and discussed these documents during ICANN’s recent Sydney meeting. The revised charters are posted here to further encourage public comment through 21 July 2009.

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

Deadline and How to Submit Comments: The SIC is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 30 June 2009 through 21 July 2009, and invites community comments on the revised SG charters.

To submit comments: Comments on the documents are welcome via email to

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

The public announcement of this forum can be viewed

Staff member responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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