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.

Proposed Permanent Charter of GNSO Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group

Open: 6 May 2011
Closed: 5 June 2011


This Public Comment Forum is being initiated to seek community comments on the proposed permanent Charter of the GNSO's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). Consistent with the Board's oversight authority regarding GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters (see ICANN Bylaws Article X, Section 5.3), t he ICANN Board passed a resolution at its 18 March 2011 meeting (see - directing Staff to post the proposed permanent Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) Charter for 30 days in a Public Comment Forum. The Board is seeking the community's comments and observations on the Charter's provisions and the fundamental organizational structure proposed.


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 represent 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 [PDF, 60 KB] approved for the NCSG last July was "transitional" through the ICANN annual meeting in 2011. The Board expected the NCSG (see Sections 5 and 8) to develop a permanent Charter document that would take effect upon the expiration of the transition period.

A copy of the proposed permanent NCSG Charter can be found at: [PDF, 179 KB]

All members of the ICANN community are invited to review the proposed Charter and share comments and observations with the Board and the wider community through 5 June 2011.

Document/Page Links:

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

At the direction of the ICANN Board, the ICANN Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 6 May through 5 June 2011 and invites community comments:

Staff Responsible: Rob Hoggarth, Senior Policy Director

Staff member responsible: Rob Hoggarth, Senior Policy Director

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