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GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP)

Last Updated:
10 December 2018

The GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) governs the way in which the GNSO develops policy consistent with the role of the GNSO as outlined in Article X of the ICANN Bylaws. As a result of GNSO Improvements, a revised GNSO PDP was adopted by the GNSO Council in October 2011 and by the ICANN Board in December 2011. As a result, all ongoing and new PDPs will follow these revised rules.

GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) | Summarized

The rules for the revised GNSO PDP are outlined in Annex A of the ICANN Bylaws and the PDP Manual. In addition, the graphics shown below have been developed to facilitate understanding of the different steps of the PDP which include:

Other Materials:

General Overview:

General Overview

Issue Identification:

Issue Identification

Issue Scoping:

Issue Scoping


Issue Report

Working Group:

Working Group

Council Deliberation:

Council Deliberation

Board Vote:

Board Vote