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Proposed Final Agenda For GNSO Council Meeting 18 May 2017

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Please note that all documents referenced in the agenda have been gathered on a Wiki page for convenience and easier access:

This agenda was established according to the GNSO Operating Procedures v3.2, updated on 01 September 2016.

For convenience:

  • An excerpt of the ICANN Bylaws defining the voting thresholds is provided in Appendix 1 at the end of this agenda.
  • An excerpt from the Council Operating Procedures defining the absentee voting procedures is provided in Appendix 2 at the end of this agenda.

Coordinated Universal Time: 12:00 UTC:

05:00 Los Angeles; 08:00 Washington; 13:00 London; 15:00 Istanbul; 22:00 Hobart

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Item 1. Administrative Matters (5 mins)

1.1 - Roll Call

1.2 - Updates to Statements of Interest

1.3 - Review / Amend Agenda

1.4 - Note the status of minutes for the previous Council meetings per the GNSO Operating Procedures:

Minutes of the meeting of the GNSO Council on 15 March 2017, posted on 6 April 2017.

Minutes of the meeting of the GNSO Council on 20 April 2017, posted on 8 May 2017.

1.5 – Note the Electronic vote results on the Initiation of Policy Amendment Process on Specific Red Cross and Red Crescent Names (see results).

Item 2. Opening Remarks / Review of Projects & Action List (10 mins)

2.1 - Review focus areas and provide updates on specific key themes / topics, to include review of Projects List and Action Item List

Item 3. Consent Agenda (5 mins)

3.1 – Acknowledgment of the Selection of Matthew Shears for Seat 14 on the ICANN Board.

The NCPH has selected Matthew Shears to succeed Markus Kummer for Seat 14 on the ICANN Board of Directors. As required by Section 7.2 of the ICANN Bylaws, on 5 May 2017, the GNSO Council Chair has informed the Empowered Community Administration, the ICANN Secretary, and the Decisional Participants of Matthew's selection (see This agenda item is intended to acknowledge the selection and confirm that the notification process was completed.

3.2 - GNSO validation of the CCWG-Accountability-WS2 request for extension of mandate and funding for FY18

Following the request from the CCWG-Accountability Chairs (see, a motion (see was submitted for the GNSO to validate the extension of mandate and funding for FY18 to allow the CCWG-Accountability-WS2 to complete its work.

The two items described in 3.1 and 3.2 above will be considered approved if the Council votes to pass the Consent Agenda

Item 4. COUNCIL VOTE – Approval of GNSO Council Review of the GAC Communique from Copenhagen (10 minutes)

The GNSO Council has adopted the practice of providing feedback to the ICANN Board on matters pertaining to gTLD policy, where the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has included advice on such matters as part of a GAC Communique issued at each ICANN Public Meeting. Following the issuance of the GAC Copenhagen Communique (, a team of Councilors and the current GNSO Liaison to the GAC agreed to prepare an initial draft of possible GNSO Council input to the Board for Council consideration. While the draft was not completed in time for the April Council meeting, a draft response was completed shortly afterwards and communicated to the ICANN Board on 26 April 2017 (see

Here the Council will vote to confirm the final language of the response.

4.1 – Presentation of motion (James Bladel)

4.2 – Council discussion

4.3 – Council vote (voting threshold: simple majority)

Item 5: UPDATE – CCWG-Accountability-WS2 status of work and expected timeline for delivery of Final Report (15 minutes)

The Co-Chairs of the CCWG-Accountability-WS2 have indicated that the group will not complete its work in FY17 as originally planned. However, the group has estimated that the extension of WS2 for all of FY18 can be supported by the original budget allocation (see also consent agenda item). Here the Council will receive an update from the GNSO appointed co-chair to the CCWG-Accountability on the status of work and expected timeline for delivery of the Final Report.

5.1 – Update (Thomas Rickert)

5.2 – Council discussion

5.3 – Next steps

Item 6: DISCUSSION ITEM – Updated Charter for the Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance (15 minutes)

At ICANN57 in Hyderabad in November 2016, the GNSO Council approved a motion conditioning the future participation of the GNSO as a Chartering Organization of the CCWG on Internet Governance (CCWG-IG) upon a comprehensive review of the group's Charter by the CCWG-IG, in accordance with the Framework of Uniform Principles for CCWGs that had been adopted recently by the ccNSO and GNSO Councils ( In its resolution, the GNSO Council had noted that the CCWG-IG's future work is expected to be subject to a clear work plan, with regular updates and clear deliverables, and had requested that, by ICANN58, the CCWG-IG was to report on its findings, which report may include a revised charter or a recommendation to reconstitute the group under a new structure ( - 20161107-3). The CCWG-IG provided a written report on its 2016 activity and a draft revised Charter for the GNSO Council's consideration on 10th March 2017 (

At its Public Meeting at ICANN58 in Copenhagen on 15 March 2017 and its joint meeting with the ccNSO Council on 13 March, the Council engaged in a discussion with the CCWG-IG co-chairs regarding the group's reports.

Here the Council will take into consideration the information provided and the updated charter and discuss whether the GNSO will continue its participation as a Chartering Organization of this CCWG.

6.1 – Council discussion

6.2 – Next steps

Item 7. COUNCIL DISCUSSION – Confirmation of Voting on Initiating the GNSO's Section 16 Process for Amending Approved GNSO Policy Recommendations Relating to Certain Red Cross Movement Names (15 minutes)

At ICANN58 in Copenhagen in March 2017, representatives from the GNSO (including the GNSO Council chairs) and the GAC held a dialogue, facilitated by former Board member Bruce Tonkin, to discuss possible ways of reconciling inconsistent GAC advice and GNSO policy recommendations relating to National Society names of the Red Cross Movement and the two names of the international components of the Movement ( Following that discussion, the ICANN Board passed a resolution requesting that the GNSO Council initiate the process outlined in Section 16 of the GNSO's Policy Development Process (PDP) Manual, which sets forth the requisite steps for amending policy recommendations that have been approved by the GNSO Council but not yet approved by the ICANN Board ( The Board's request related to the 190 Red Cross National Society names and the two international movement names and a limited defined set of their variants. The Council initiated electronic voting on 3 May 2017.

Here the Council will discuss the outcome of the electronic voting, as well as the anticipated next steps as it relates to initiating Section 16, together with the chair of the PDP WG, Thomas Rickert.

7.1 – Council discussion

7.2 – Next Steps

Item 8: UPDATE – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Presentation on Specific Reviews (CCT-RT next steps, RDS & ATRT selection process, and SSR 2 Update) (20 Minutes)

Section 4.6 in the ICANN Bylaws calls for periodic reviews performed by community review teams related to four key objectives. These Specific Reviews specifically focus on:

  1. Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT)
  2. Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review (SSR)
  3. Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT-RT)
  4. Registration Directory Service Review (RDS) (formerly WHOIS)

ICANN's Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) team will provide an introduction to the Specific Reviews and discuss the CCT-RT Draft Report and next steps, the RDS and ATRT selection and scoping process, and the SSR selection process and initial activities.

8.1 – MSSI Presentation – MSSI Team

8.2 – Open discussion and Q&A


The next ICANN Public Meeting (ICANN59) will be a 4-day Policy Forum, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26-29 June 2017. A draft GNSO Block Schedule has been prepared by the GNSO Council leadership team with the support of staff ( and a draft overall Block Schedule for the meeting has been circulated to members of the community-based Planning Committee ( Here the Council will discuss scheduling and other planning-related topics in preparation for ICANN59, including confirmation of face-to-face meeting sessions for the following PDP Working Groups: Next-Generation Registration Directory Services, New gTLD Subsequent Procedures, Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs, and IGO-INGO Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms, all of whose leadership teams have submitted requests for specific sessions.

9.1 – Summary of planning activities to date (GNSO Council chairs)

9.2 – Council discussion

9.3 – Next steps

Item 10: ANY OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

10.1 - Update from the GNSO Standing Selection Committee (SSC) on the its work to select the GNSO representative for the Empowered Committee (Susan Kawaguchi) Slide deck.

10.2 Update from Registrars Stakeholder Group (RrSG) on IRTP-C Change of Registrant issues in relation to implementation of the Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation PDP recommendations

Appendix 1: GNSO Council Voting Thresholds (ICANN Bylaws, Article 11, Section 11.3(i))


Appendix 2: GNSO Council Absentee Voting Procedures (GNSO Operating Procedures, Section 4.4)


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