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Public Comment Encouraged on Revised GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters

(Forum extended to 23 July 2009)

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).

Background and Explanation

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 linked below and discussed these documents during ICANN’s recent Sydney meeting. The revised charters are posted to further encourage public comment via email to by 21 July 2009 (extended to 23 July).

Relevant Board Resolutions, Bylaws and Constituency Submissions

The Process From Here

At the end of this public comment forum period, the ICANN Staff will provide a summary/analysis of the comments submitted regarding each Stakeholder Group submission. That summary/analysis will be shared with the community and the Board. The Board will subsequently take action on each Stakeholder Group petition and charter as it deems appropriate.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments

A 21-day public consultation forum has been opened from 30 June through 21 July 2009 (extended to 23 July). The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here:

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

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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