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Minutes of the Special GNSO Council Meeting 29 February 2016

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Agenda and Documents

Coordinated Universal Time: 21:00 UTC
13:00 Los Angeles; 16:00 Washington; 21:00 London; 23:00 Istanbul; 08:00 Hobart Tuesday 1 March

List of attendees:
NCA – Non Voting – Carlos Raúl Gutierrez
Contracted Parties House
Registrar Stakeholder Group: James Bladel, Volker Greimann, Jennifer Standiford
gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group: Donna Austin, Keith Drazek, Rubens Kühl
Nominating Committee Appointee (NCA): Hsu Phen Valerie Tan
Non-Contracted Parties House
Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG);Philip Corwin, Susan Kawaguchi, Wolf-Ulrich Knoben, Tony Harris, Paul McGrady, Heather Forrest
Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG): Amr Elsadr, Stephanie Perrin – joined late, David Cake, Stefania Milan, Edward Morris – absent apologies, Marilia Maciel
Nominating Committee Appointee (NCA): Julf (Johan) Helsingius

GNSO Council Liaisons/Observers:
Olivier Crèpin LeBlond– ALAC Liaison
Patrick Myles - ccNSO Observer - absent, apologies
Mason Cole – GNSO liaison to the GAC

David Olive - VP Policy Development
Marika Konings - Senior Policy Director
Rob Hoggarth - Senior Policy Director
Mary Wong – Senior Policy Director
Julie Hedlund – Policy Director
Steve Chan - Senior Policy Manager
Berry Cobb – Policy Consultant
Lars Hoffmann – Policy Analyst
David Tait – Policy Analyst
Glen de Saint Géry - GNSO Secretariat
Nathalie Peregrine- Secretariat Services Coordinator, GNSO
Mike Brennan - End-User Support

Avri Doria, Becky Burr, Bruce Tonkin, Brett Schaefer, Steve DelBianco, Farzaneh Badii, Greg Shattan James Gannon, Jeff Neuman , Jordan Carter, Jonathan Zuck, Olivier Muron, Matthew Shears, Malcolm Hutty, Milton Mueller, Robin Gross, Thomas Rickert,

MP3 Recording
Adobe Chat Transcript

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

Draft minutes of the meeting of the GNSO Council on 18 February 2016 will be posted as approved on 6 March 2016.

Item 2: Opening Remarks

James Bladel provided a brief overview of the meeting and noted that there would be no vote to approve or reject the CWG recommendations, but that the meeting would provide an opportunity to discuss whether the concerns raised within the various stakeholder groups have been addressed or mitigated by the latest supplemental report and be updated on the work occurring at the stakeholder group level.

Item 3: DISCUSSION – Final Report and Recommendations from the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Thomas Rickert provided an update on the Final Report and Recommendations from the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability to the Council and guests.

Council members and guests provided updates on the work occurring in the Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies.

Relevant points of discussion raising further Council action/discussion:

  • Whether there is need for a process by which the GNSO community (as distinguished from the GNSO Council) will invoke and exercise its Community Powers [NOTE: The CCWG-Accountability remit did not include looking into the rules and procedures within each ICANN Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee; it is for each SO/AC to determine what its own internal rules and procedures are or should be]

    Action Item for Council: further discussion needed

  • The proposed approach for the Council in Marrakech, including voting on the CCWG-Accountability recommendations

    Action Item for Council: each Councilor to review, including consideration of possible implications where individual recommendations are voted on separately but one or more fails to pass

  • Implementation considerations and the need for the GNSO (and other SO/ACs) to monitor implementation of adopted recommendations, especially Bylaws changes.

    Action Item for Council: continue discussion on post-adoption steps

James Bladel, GNSO Council chair, adjourned the GNSO Council teleconference and thanked everyone for their participation.
The meeting was adjourned at 22:53UTC.

The next GNSO Council Public Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 9 March 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco at 13:30 WET (13:30 UTC).
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