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Joint CWG-Stewardship & CCWG-Accountability Chairs' Statement

Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson – CWG-Stewardship
Thomas Rickert, León Sanchez, & Mathieu Weill – CCWG-Accountability

As both Cross Community Working Groups prepare for community engagement and work sessions at ICANN52 in Singapore, the Chairs of the CWG-Stewardship and CCWG-Accountability would like to recognize the interdependence and connected nature of the work of their respective groups, as set out by the ICANN processes1 and further reinforced by each working group's Charter.2

Following the ICANN 51 Meeting in Los Angeles, the CWG-Stewardship Chairs and the Chairs of the CCWG-Accountability Charter Drafting Team started to hold update and coordination calls, a practical and early recognition of the requirement for active collaboration on their respective work efforts. These weekly interchanges and updates are ongoing and serve to keep each other informed about questions and issues arising from their respective working groups. Moving forward, the Chairs commit to continue to actively work together, and synchronize insofar as possible, on timelines and milestones, especially where there are accountability mechanisms that may be relevant for both groups.

To assist in broader community understanding of the interdependencies of the parts of Work Stream 1 that relates to the CWG, a schematic illustration of the dynamics between the two working groups is available in a flowchart [PDF, 154 KB].

Work in Progress

The CCWG-Accountability has just concluded a two-day meeting in Frankfurt, Germany (19-20 January), during which they discussed their Work Stream 1 requirements, with initial input from the CWG-Stewardship on accountability dependencies. Both working groups are expected to continue this dialogue as work progresses.

The CWG-Stewardship, following an intensive work weekend on 10-11 January, is in the process of reviewing its timeline for submission of a proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG). A vital part of this endeavor is the seeking of legal advice on questions related to the viability of key elements of the CWG-Stewardship proposal. As the CCWG-Accountability also moves forward to seek legal advice, the Chairs will inform each other of the process used and advice received, so as to further ensure efficient synchronization in light of dependent and compressed timeframe.

ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore (9-13 February 2015)

The Chairs intend to all be present at both CWG-Stewardship and CCWG-Accountability related sessions during the ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore, including the ICG-organized events. This will reinforce the working groups' commitment to a productive meeting, advancing discussions and improving collaboration. Below is a compiled list of engagement sessions and working sessions that are relevant to both processes:

*All times in local time (UTC +8)

IANA Stewardship Transition & Enhancing ICANN Accountability Information Session
Olivia Meeting Room
Sunday, 8 February 17:30-19:00

Responses to the ICG RFP Regarding the IANA Stewardship Transition
Padang/Canning Meeting Room
Monday, 9 February 10:30-13:00

CCWG-Accountability Working Session
Padang Meeting Room
Monday, 9 February 16:00-19:00

CCWG-Accountability Engagement Session
Padang Meeting Room
Wednesday, 11 February 9:45-11:15

CWG-Stewardship Working Session
Padang Meeting Room
Wednesday, 11 February 17:15-19:15

CCWG-Accountability Working Session
Padang Meeting Room
Thursday, 12 February 07:00-10:00

CWG-Stewardship Questions & Answers Session
Padang Meeting Room
Thursday, 12 February 10:30-11:45

The full schedule for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore is available here.


1 On 6 June 2014, ICANN, in its role as facilitator, published a community-driven process for the IANA Stewardship Transition. Community discussions on the IANA Stewardship Transition led to the development of an additional process on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, which was published on 10 October.

2 The CWG-Stewardship Charter was circulated for adoption on 14 August 2014. The CCWG-Accountability Charter was circulated for adoption on 3 November 2014.


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