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Public Comment: Proposed Recommendations for a GNSO Global Outreach Program

Pursuant to a Resolution passed by the GNSO Council at its meeting on 24 February 2011 the community is invited to provide comments on a proposed recommendations for a global outreach program. The GNSO Council resolution acknowledged receipt of the document, "Recommendations to Develop a Global Outreach Program to Broaden Participation in the GNSO" [PDF, 74 KB] and directed Staff to post this document for forty-five (45) 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.

Background/Explanation:

In October 2008, the GNSO Council established a framework for implementing the various GNSO Improvements http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-26jun08.htm 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: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/gnso-improvements/gnso-improvements-report-03feb08.pdf [PDF, 193 KB].

One of the recommendations in BGC Report was to develop and implement a targeted outreach program to explore the formation of new constituency groups.  The OSC tasked the Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Team (CSG-WT) with developing the recommendations on a global outreach program.  The CSG-WG submitted the document to the OSC for consideration on 21 January 2011.  On 14 February 2011 the OSC submitted to the GNSO Council the document "Recommendations to Develop a Global Outreach Program to Broaden Participation in the GNSO" [PDF, 74 KB]. 

The OSC’s recommendations describe a global outreach strategy to relevant members of the public, particularly non-English speakers and those from developing countries/regions; and for development of a global outreach program aimed at increasing participation both from current members of the ICANN community as well as potential members, particularly non-English speakers. At its meeting on 24 February 2011 the GNSO Council approved a resolution that acknowledged the receipt from the OSC of the document and directed Staff to post this document for forty-five (45) 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 45-day public consultation forum, from 24 February through 10 April 2011 and invites community comments concerning this document. 

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here:  http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201104-en.htm#gnso-outreach
To submit comments:  gnso-global-outreach@icann.org
To view comments:  http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-global-outreach/

Staff Responsible:  Julie Hedlund


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