Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

New GNSO Stakeholder Group Petitions and Charters

Open: 5 March 09
Closed: 5 April 09 (subject to extension) Extended to 15 April 09

Explanation: As part of the comprehensive GNSO Improvements effort, last August the ICANN Board approved the formation of four new Stakeholder Groups (SGs). These SG structures represent a new concept for the GNSO that was envisioned by the Board Governance Committee GNSO Review Working Group On GNSO Improvements (BGC WG). As of 5 March, charter petitions for the Registry SG, the Registrar SG, the Commercial SG and the Non-Commercial SG (NCSG) have been submitted to the Board for review and approval. A total of five charters have been received as two proposals were submitted for the NCSG. 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 Page -

All members of the ICANN community are now invited to review those submissions and share comments and observations with the Board and the wider community through 15 April 2009. That date has been extended from 5 April to allow additional community input on the updated/revised NCUC NCSG proposal submitted on 16 March 2009.

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

Deadline and How to Submit Comments: The Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 5 March 2009 through 15 April 2009, and invites community comments on this topic. In view of the extensive community discussions in Mexico City regarding several of the SG Charters, a number of SG proponents indicated that they would like to modify or update their proposals. As a result, to the extent necessary, this Public Comment Forum may be extended as late as15 April if revised proposals are submitted by SG proponents over the next week to 10 days. To the extent that a SG Group chooses to update or modify its proposal during that time frame, that revised submission will be added to the Public Comment Forum as well as the GNSO Improvements Information Page. <>

To submit comments: Comments on the document are welcome via email at This public forum will be open at least through 5 April 2009 and is subject to extension as described above.

To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at

For a copy of the public announcement of this forum please see

Staff member responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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