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CCWG-Accountability Delivers Report to Chartering Organizations

Today, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) provided its Chartering Organizations with its final supplemental report on Work Stream 1 recommendations.

[You can download the full report here]

The report is the result of extensive work by the CCWG-Accountability’s 28 members, 175 participants and a team of highly qualified legal advisors since December 2014, which included over 221 calls or meetings, 3 public consultations and more than 13,900 email messages. It represents a carefully crafted balance between key requirements, specific legal advice, and significant compromises by all who participated and includes diligent attention to the input received through the public comment proceedings.

While the report is final at this stage, an additional opportunity will be provided for CCWG-Accountability members to revise, retract or add minority statements to the final report. Located in Appendix A, minority statements will be updated and released on 25 February. 

We will make ourselves available, together with or other key contributors, to the Chartering Organizations before and during the ICANN55 meeting in Marrakech to answer any questions and explain any details of the report. Background documents, slides, recordings and transcripts of recent webinars that explain the details of the report are available here.

The CCWG-Accountability leadership team would like to thank everyone for taking part in this historic process to redefine ICANN’s accountability to the multistakeholder community. This work entailed significant time and attention from each of the CCWG-Accountability volunteers and staff who have been dedicated to the development of this report.

We look forward to hearing from our Chartering Organizations and are optimistic we will be able to send the approved final supplemental report to the ICANN Board for transmission to NTIA in Marrakech.

Thomas, Mathieu, León
CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs


    Samuel Hounkpe  18:43 UTC on 29 February 2016

    I hope you luck for the mission in Marrakech!

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