At the GNSO teleconference it was resolved that the Generic names Council would operate under the Rules of Procedure for the old DNSO Names Council except in cases of conflict with the new ICANN bylaws where the ICANN new bylaws take precedence.
Under the new ICANN Bylaws adopted the Domain Name Supporting Organization ceased operations upon the adoption of the Transition Article, and the Names Council of the Domain Name Supporting Organization authorized the transfer of any funds it has collected to the benefit of the Generic Names Supporting Organization.
There shall be a policy-development body known as the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), which shall be responsible for developing and recommending to the ICANN Board substantive policies relating to generic top-level domains.
The GNSO shall consist of (i) various Constituencies representing particular groups of stakeholders, as described in Article X Section 5 and (ii) a GNSO Council responsible for managing the policy development process of the GNSO.
The Staff Manager will be present at the final meeting of the Council, and will have five (5) calendar days after the meeting to incorporate the views of the Council into a report to be submitted to the Board (the "Board Report"). The Board Report must contain at least the following:
A Supermajority Vote of the Council members will be deemed to reflect the view of the Council, and may be conveyed to the Board as the Council's recommendation. Abstentions shall not be permitted; thus all Council members must cast a vote unless they identify a financial interest in the outcome of the policy issue. Notwithstanding the foregoing, as set forth above, all viewpoints expressed by Council members during the PDP must be included in the Board Report.
Upon a final decision of the Board, the Board shall, as approriate, give authorization or direction to the ICANN staff to take all necessary steps to implement the policy.
Throughout the PDP, from policy suggestion to a final decision by the Board, ICANN will maintain on the Website, a status web page detailing the progress of each PDP issue, which will describe: