Public Comment

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Proposed Changes to Section 5.0 of the GNSO Council Operating Procedures

Open: 24 February 2011
Closed: 26 March 2011

Explanation/Background: In October 2008, the GNSO Council established a framework for implementing the various GNSO Improvements identified and approved by the ICANN Board of Directors on 26 June 2008.  That framework included the formation, in January 2009, of two Steering Committees, the Operations Steering Committee (OSC) and the Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC), to charter and coordinate the efforts of five community work teams in developing specific recommendations to implement the improvements.  The OSC established three work teams, which were chartered to focus on specific operational areas addressed in the BGC Report recommendations: [PDF, 192 KB]..

Late in 2010 the GNSO Council identified areas for improvement in Section 5 Statements of Interest in the GNSO Council Operating Procedures [PDF, 193 KB] that would simplify and clarify the procedures.  The GNSO Council tasked the OSC with completing a revision to improve Section 5.  On 04 February 2011, the OSC submitted to the GNSO Council a revision of Section 5 [PDF,95 KB] that removes the requirement for Disclosures of Interest, and provides clearer guidance on the contents of Statements of Interest and on updating them in a timely manner. At its meeting on 24 February 2011 the GNSO Council approved a resolution that acknowledged the receipt from the OSC of the proposed revisions to Section 5.0 and directed Staff to post this document for thirty (30) days in the ICANN Public Comment Forum.  The GNSO Council shall take formal action on this document, including potential modification, as soon as possible after the conclusion of the public comment period.

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The Process From Here:

At the end of this Public Comment Forum period, ICANN Staff will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions for GNSO Council review.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

At the direction of the GNSO Council, the Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 24 February through 26 March 2011 and invites community comments concerning this document. 

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here:
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Staff Responsible: Julie Hedlund

Staff member responsible: Julie Hedlund

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