Proposed Process for Recognition of New GNSO Constituencies
At the direction of the ICANN Board, the ICANN Staff has extended the 30-day public consultation forum until 3 April 2011 (see – http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-18mar11-en.htm). Additional community comments concerning any/all elements of the proposed "Process for Recognition of New GNSO Constituencies" – including its procedures, sequences/steps, forms/tools, and evaluation criteria (see Document Links below) are welcomed.
In June 2008, the ICANN Board of Directors endorsed a series of recommendations concerning how to improve the GNSO's structures and operations. A significant underpinning of those recommendations was an interest in maximizing participation in the GNSO and its policy development processes. Among the recommendations endorsed by the Board was that ICANN take steps to clarify and promote the option to self-form new GNSO Constituencies as provided in the ICANN Bylaws, Article X, Section 5(4).
Recognizing that the Bylaws do not contain specific procedural guidance concerning how an interested party might formulate a new Constituency petition, the Board directed Staff in late 2008 to assist the community by developing a set of procedures, consistent with Bylaws principles, which a prospective organizer could follow in submitting a petition to become approved as a new GNSO Constituency. That process, acknowledged by the Board in October 2008, involved submission of (1) a "Notice of Intent to Form a New GNSO Constituency" (NOIF) followed by (2) a formal Petition/Charter. To date, five prospective Constituency groups have submitted formal New GNSO Constituency petitions in accordance with the process; however, the Board has yet to approve any of those applications.
To address concerns it had regarding the clarity and timing of the original New Constituency petitioning procedure, the SIC embarked on this effort last year and, working with Staff, has completed development of a replacement "Process for Recognition of New GNSO Constituencies." The proposed process significantly modifies the original procedure and is designed to accomplish four goals:
The SIC has directed Staff to open this Public Consultation Forum and invites the community to provide feedback on any/all elements of the process including its procedures, steps, tools/forms, and evaluation criteria.
Please see the Forum Announcement for a broader discussion of the background leading to this Public Forum as well as a brief overview of the proposed process.
Deadline and How to Submit Comments:
At the direction of the ICANN Board's Structural Improvements Committee (SIC), the ICANN Staff has extended the original 30-day public consultation forum an additional two weeks until April 3, 2011 and invites additional community comments concerning any/all elements of the process including its procedures, sequences/steps, forms/tools, and evaluation criteria.
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Staff Responsible: Rob Hoggarth, Senior Policy Director
|Staff member responsible: Rob Hoggarth, Senior Policy Director|