- Council Activities
- Group Activities
Highlighting the GNSO's Role
In the run-up to the ICANN meeting in Beijing, the GNSO Council's role as policy manager within the GNSO was highlighted here for recognition and support. This vital role and the need to preserve and develop it at the heart of the multi-stakeholder model proved to be a one of the resilient themes of the meeting in Beijing. Indeed, this was summarized in a GNSO Council statement which was prepared for the public forum on the final day and subsequently sent to the ICANN Board.
Notwithstanding highlighting the GNSO's role, as the entity charged in the bylaws of ICANN with policy development and providing recommendations to the Board on substantive policies relating to generic top level domains, it is incumbent on the GNSO Council to not only emphasize this position, but also to demonstrate how we can execute our policy management role efficiently and effectively. In Beijing, we recognised the need to form a working group on policy and implementation and have now reached out to others in the broader community to work with us on this critical topic. Initiatives such as this, as part of a strategic and forward looking perspective, together with maintaining productive output on bread-and-butter policy work will be where we focus our attention in the months ahead.
ICANN's multi-stakeholder model is complex, dynamic and necessarily evolving. The GNSO and the GNSO Council are vital organs within the multi-stakeholder body. Therefore, we need to function effectively and look carefully ahead, as to how we might dynamically evolve in future, in order to do our part to ensure the health of that body. That sounds like an interesting journey!