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Permanent Charter of GNSO's Commercial Stakeholder Group Completed – Public Comment Invited

Open: 2 December 2010
Closed: 23 January 2011

Explanation:

The Constituencies of the GNSO's Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG) have informed ICANN Staff that they have ratified a permanent CSG charter document.

Consistent with the Board's oversight authority regarding GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters (see ICANN Bylaws Article X, Section 5 (3)), the Staff has opened this public comment forum to seek community comments on the new permanent charter document.

Background:

As part of the comprehensive GNSO Improvements effort, last July the ICANN Board approved (see ICANN Board Resolution 2009.30.07.09) the Charters of four new GNSO Stakeholder Groups (SGs). These SG structures represented a new concept for the GNSO that was envisioned by the Board Governance Committee GNSO Review Working Group On GNSO Improvements (BGC WG -see the BGC WG's February 2008 Report here [PDF, 193 KB]).

The Charter approved for the CSG last July was termed a "transitional" charter [PDF, 32 KB]. Sections 3 and 8.2 of that transitional charter anticipated future CSG efforts to establish a permanent "final' charter document. The Constituencies of the CSG (Commercial and Business, Intellectual Property and Internet Service and Connection Providers) have informed ICANN Staff that they have now ratified a permanent charter document.

A copy of the ratified CSG Charter document can be found at - http://gnso.icann.org/improvements/csg-revised-charter-30nov10-en.pdf [PDF, 301 KB]

Consistent with the Board's oversight authority regarding GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters (see ICANN Bylaws Article X, Section 5 (3)), the Staff is opening this public comment forum to seek community comments on the new permanent CSG charter document.

All members of the ICANN community are invited to review the new charter and share comments and observations with the Board and the wider community through 23 January 2011.

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

This public consultation forum will be open through 23 January 2011, and community comments and reactions are welcome throughout that period.

To submit comments: Comments on the document (and replies to those comments) are welcome via email at csg-permanent-charter@icann.org. This public forum will be open through 23 January 2011.

To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at http://forum.icann.org/lists/csg-permanent-charter/.

For a copy of the public announcement of this forum please see http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02dec10-en.htm

Staff member responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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