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Re: [ga] Apply Now For GNSO Council Non Commercial Seats

  • To: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>, policy-staff <policy-staff@xxxxxxxxx>, "ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Glen de Saint Géry <gnso-secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Apply Now For GNSO Council Non Commercial Seats
  • From: Robert Hoggarth <robert.hoggarth@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 21:39:38 -0700

Dear Eric:

Thanks very much for your note. I think you are correct that several broad 
policy considerations are important parts of the Board's effort to select three 
of the six Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) representatives on the 
newly-restructured GNSO Council. In particular, two of the chief goals of the 
GNSO Improvements effort have been (1) to make the GNSO's policy development 
process (PDP) more effective and responsive to community needs and (2) to make 
participation in the GNSO more inclusive and representative.

Doubling non commercial community representation on the GNSO Council (from 
three to six seats) is certainly one aspect of trying to achieve those goals.  
The emphasis being placed on the interest and ability of candidates to commit 
themselves to community/constituency development and outreach efforts (in 
addition to their regular Council duties) is another.  A third important aspect 
of the process, and a long-standing ICANN policy principle, appears to be 
diverse geographic representation. For example, among the factors specifically 
noted in the Position Notification Document (see - 
 is the expectation that the three candidates ultimately selected will come 
from three different geographic regions.

My role as a member of the policy staff involved in helping the Board manage 
the process for the Board is more a product of workload and duty assignments 
rather than a matter of "policy" but I am happy to address any follow-up 
questions, comments or insights you may have on this.

Best regards,

Rob Hoggarth

On 8/9/09 8:33 AM, "Hugh Dierker" <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dear Mr. Hogarth,

I think the GA should take interest in these new positions and possible means 
by which members can step outside themselve and contribute in a real way to the 
success of ICANN.

So my main question to you is;  Please tell us the "policy" considerations that 
are going into the selection of persons to fill these posts.

The email below is clear enough and links us clearly enough to the requirements 
of the positions. However then as the contact information is provided we are 
shifted/directed over to the Policy arm of ICANN staff. I truly believe that 
there is very good reason why Policy considerations should go into the 
selection. We must assume that the Policy of ICANN is to asure the most 
broadbased participation in any governance structure.

Certainly the GA is a perfect GNSO forum for spreading the good news which is 
,, a progressive and aggressive reform of structure within ICANN to move the 
ICANN mission into a more internationally recognized, internationally 
integrated and representative organization.

Eric Dierker

--- On Thu, 8/6/09, Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ga] Apply Now For GNSO Council Non Commercial Seats
To: "ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 12:58 AM

[To: ga[at]gnso.icann.org; announce[at]gnso.icann.org
[To: liaison6c[at]gnso.icann.org; council[at]gnso.icann.org]
[To: regional-liaisons[at]icann.org]

Apply Now For GNSO Council Non Commercial Seats

5 August 2009
Representation of the Non Commercial Community on the GNSO Council will double 
from three to six representatives this October when a new Council is seated in 
Seoul, South Korea. New transitional ICANN Board appointments will fill three 
of the new Council seats. This month the ICANN Board is accepting Statements of 
Interest from members of the non commercial community who would like to 
volunteer for these three new positions and potentially serve as full GNSO 
Councilors for the next two years.

As outlined in the attached flyer [PDF, 226K | DOC, 148K]
this is a unique opportunity for leaders in the non commercial community to 
step forward and serve the ICANN community at a pivotal moment in the 
Internet's development.

Background and Explanation:

At its 30 July meeting the ICANN Board approved a transitional charter for a 
new Non Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) (see - 
The charter sets out a transitional approach (Section 8 - Appendix) for 
selecting the NCSG's GNSO Council representatives. Under this transitional 
approach, the current Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) will elect 3 
Council seats (in total). The remaining 3 seats will be temporary Board 
appointments with the expectation that additional non-commercial Constituencies 
will be formed/approved and participate in filling future NCSG Council seats. 
The transition period will be two years.

Of the four new Stakeholder Group Charters approved by the Board last week, 
this temporary seat selection by the Board is unique to the NCSG. It reflects a 
fundamental view that the current non-commercial community participation in the 
GNSO is not yet sufficiently diverse or robust to select all six of the NCSG's 
allocated Council seats (as was originally intended by the Board's GNSO 
Improvements initiative). It is important to note that this condition is 
temporary. The Board expects that the new Board-appointees will work hard in 
the coming months with the ICANN Staff and the community to forge new 
relationships and structures that will achieve the Board's goal of a robust and 
diverse non-commercial community within the GNSO framework.

At the direction of the Board's Structural Improvements Committee (SIC), the 
ICANN Staff has prepared a formal GNSO Council NCSG Position Notification Form 
[PDF, 60K | DOC, 71K] and a formal Statement of Interest Form application [PDF, 
30K | DOC, 54K] for interested persons to review. The GNSO Council NCSG 
Position Notification Form explains the duties of the new positions. The 
Statement of Interest Form asks interested persons for some personal 
information and gives volunteers the opportunity to explain their interest in 
the positions and their qualifications for the Council member duties. The Board 
and ICANN Staff will keep all submissions in strict confidence and no personal 
contact information will be shared.

The Process From Here:

The Board hopes that a number of candidates will express their interest in 
volunteering for these new positions over the course of this month.

The Structural Improvements Committee of the Board will evaluate all statements 
of interest and will make recommendations for finalists to the full Board for 
consideration at the Board's scheduled 30 September special meeting. Selected 
candidates will be notified as soon as possible to give them an opportunity to 
travel to and participate in the first meeting of the restructured GNSO Council 
in Seoul, South Korea on 28 October 2009.

Deadline and How to Submit Statements of Interest:

Statements of Interest will be accepted through Noon PDT on Monday 31 August 
2009 at the email address - ncsg-seats@xxxxxxxxx 

The promotional flyer announcing this opportunity can be found here: [PDF, 226K 
| DOC, 148K]

The formal Statement of Interest Form can be found here: [PDF, 30K | DOC, 54K]

The formal Position Notification Form can be found here: [PDF, 60K | DOC, 71K]

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth (please send specific questions or queries 
to policy-staff@xxxxxxxxx 
<http://us.mc529.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=policy-staff@xxxxxxxxx> )

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat
http://gnso.icann.org <http://gnso.icann.org/>

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