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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

Special Meeting of the ICANN's Board of Directors was held via teleconference on 14 June 2006 and was called to order at 1:05 P.M. PDT US.

Vinton G. Cerf (Chairman) presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Susan Crawford, Hagen Hultzsch, Veni Markovski, Alejandro Pisanty, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini, Peter Dengate Thrush, and Paul Twomey.

Board Members Mouhamet Diop, Demi Getschko, Joichi Ito, and Hualin Qian were not present for the Meeting.

Liaisons Steve Crocker (SSAC) and Thomas Narten (IETF) were present for all or part of the Meeting.

John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary; Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations; Barbara Roseman, IANA Operations Manager; and Kim Davies, IANA Technical Liaison were present for the Meeting.

Approval of Outstanding Minutes

The Board Members reviewed and discussed outstanding minutes from 2005 and 2006. The following resolutions were passed by the Board during the Meeting:

Resolved (06.__), the minutes of the Board Meeting of 16 August 2005 are hereby approved and should be posted.

Resolved (06.__), the minutes of the Board Meeting of 15 September 2005 are hereby approved and should be posted.

Resolved (06.__), the minutes of the Board Meeting of 12 October 2005 are hereby approved and should be posted.

Resolved (06.__), the minutes of the Board Meeting of 24 October 2005 are hereby approved and should be posted.

Resolved (06.__), the minutes of the Board Meetings of 8 November 2005; 4 December 2005; 10 January 2006; 23 January 2006; 21 February 2006; 28 February 2006; 31 March 2006; and 10 May 2006, are all hereby approved and should be posted.

The Board Members present, voted unanimously 9-0 (8-0 in the case of the 15 September 2005 Minutes since Alejandro Pisanty experienced technical difficulties).

An additional resolution was offered by Peter Dengate Thrush and supplemented by Vint Cerf regarding the finalization and posting of minutes. The resolution presented for voting was the following:

Resolved (06.__), the ICANN Board acknowledges the fact that the approving and publishing of minutes of meetings were in arrears and the Board acknowledges the difficulty that causes members of the community in keeping up with the Board's activity. Accordingly, the Board notes that it had directed action and the staff has complied with steps for ensuring extra resources are being applied to this problem, so the Board is now confident that minutes will be dealt with, in a timely fashion. The Board noted the ICANN Staff’s work in bringing the minutes up-to-date. Lastly, the Board noted that both the Board and the Staff have indicated strong intentions to maintain a timely reporting of the Board’s activity.

The Board Members present, voted unanimously 9-0 in favor of the resolution.

Update and Status Report on Audit Progress

Melanie Keller presented the update regarding the finalization of the current Audit Process and outlined the process for posting. Njeri Rionge, Audit Committee Chair also presented information regarding the Audit Committee’s work in this area. No resolution was passed regarding this matter.

Other Items of Discussion

Veni Markovski led a discussion regarding the Recommendation by the Meetings Committee for Board Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2006. There was no formal resolution from the board relating to this matter.

ICANN Staff presented additional information regarding the redelegation request for .UA ( Ukraine). It was agreed that additional information regarding the redelegation request needed to be obtained.

Chairman Cerf adjourned the meeting at 2:35 PM PDT US.

(posted 21 June 2006, updated 22 June 2006)

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