Re: [council] Date for meeting in Washington area -23/24/25 Feb 2006
The GNSO hasn't had a meeting in the United States since 2001. In the
entire history of ICANN, we have only had three meetings in the United
States and five in all of North America. There are no meetings scheduled
in North America, nor Asia-Pacific, for all of 2006. I'm not sure what
all the fuss is about here, who these "insiders" are, or really, what
the actual substance of these objections might be. Regardless of the
external influences, the GNSO still follows a moderately democratic
process in a fairly transparent manner.
My strongest preference would be that we allow our chair, who lives
half-way around the world from Washington himself, the courtesy to
attend to his job - which includes scheduling this meeting - while we
focus on matters of substance, such as discussing which inputs will be
required for this meeting to be successful.
And while we're on the subject, my preference would be that we cater
lunch so that we may work through it. I'm certain that there is room in
the GNSO budget for this small luxury.
Regards from sunny Toronto,
Avri Doria wrote:
I won't be able to attend. Probably can't even attend remotely.
I do not understand how we decided to schedule it at this time and in
this location. Have we taken a final vote on this?
I do believe I object.
On 27 jan 2006, at 13.35, GNSO.SECRETARIAT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Dear Council Members,
As requested by Bruce Tonkin, the GNSO Council chair, I am providing an
update on the proposed meeting in the Washington DC area.
The proposed dates are:
Thursday 23 February from 1:30 pm to 5:00pm
Friday 24 February from 9:00 am to 5:00pm (Open Forum planned for half a
Saturday 25 February from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
In view of these meetings, there will be no GNSO Council meeting as
planned on 21 February 2006. http://gnso.icann.org/calendar/#feb
The room space can accommodate 30 people at an open U shape table and
there will be 10 extra chairs on the sides.
Some of the constituencies have informed me that their representatives
will participate remotely and that they would like to have one or two
additional designated representatives for on site attendance. If you
will be participating remotely, the constituency should agree who will
attend the meeting in person and let me know as soon as possible please.
DIAL IN will be provided for remote participation of councillors.
The meeting room has a podium, pc projector, wireless Internet
connectivity and microphones.
The cost would be for drinks and food, and will depend on the number
of people attending, but I am told a sandwich/salad style lunch can be
catered for at usually about 350- 400 US$ for about 35 people. There
is a contribution for unlimited coffee, sodas, and juice that we are
asked to make -- which is much nicer than having to worry about
ordering catering for drinks. That might be about 150- 175 US$ An
alternative is to break for lunch. There are numerous lunch places to
buy salads, soup, sandwiches "on one's own".
I have contacted about 10 hotels in down town Washington and the room
rates vary from 190 to 250 US$. In order to negotiate a reasonable
price, and hold sleeping rooms, I do have to know how many rooms will be
needed and would be most grateful if you could give me an indication
whether you will be attending or who will be attending from your
There are 3 airports serving the Washington DC area:
- Regan national airport is the closest being 15 to 20 minutes cab drive
to Down Town Washington DC.
- Baltimore (BW1) is about 1hour 15 minutes but does have subway
transport between the airport and Down Town Washington DC.
- Dulles (IAD) is about 50 to 60 minutes away by cab or shuttle and
there is an excellent shuttle service between Dulles airport and Down
Town. There is no subway nor are there trains between Dulles and Down
Town Washington DC.
I hope this helps. Please contact me if you have any questions and
please let me know whether you will be attending in person or by
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN