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 v3.5, updated on 24 October 2019

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.

GNSO Council meeting held at 21:00 UTC


Coordinated Universal Time: 21:00 UTC:

14:00 Los Angeles; 17:00 Washington DC; 22:00 London; (Friday) 02:00 Islamabad; (Friday) 06:00 Tokyo; (Friday) 07:00 Melbourne 

GNSO Council Meeting Webinar Room

Councilors should notify the GNSO Secretariat in advance if they will not be able to attend and/or need a dial out call.


Item 1: Administrative Matters (10 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 GNSO Council meeting on 24 June 2020 were posted on 10 July 2020

Minutes of the GNSO Council meeting on 23 July 2020 were posted on 12 August 2020.

Item 2: Opening Remarks / Review of Projects & Action List (15 minutes)

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 (15 minutes) 

  • 3.1 - Action Decision Radar decision - Confirm that Council supports initiation of the IDN Operational Track 1, as recommended by the IDN Scoping Team, that shall focus on the IDN Implementation Guidelines 4.0, which the Council anticipates will be worked on primarily between ICANN org and Contracted Parties, but should allow observers. 
  • 3.2 - Action Decision Radar decision - Agree on next steps (i.e., for the EPDP-Phase 1 IRT to prepare draft revisions to the affected policies and publish for public comment) for terminology updates as described in the “EPDP Phase 1 Recommendation 27: Registration Data Policy Impacts report” and possible actions as described in the “Possible next steps EPDP P1 Wave 1 Rec 27”. In the course of making updates to impacted consensus policies, the EPDP-Phase 1 IRT is instructed to promptly advise the GNSO Council if possible policy changes are required. 
  • 3.3 - Approve request for extension of timeline for Issue Report on the Transfer Policy

Item 4: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Expedited PDP (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification Phase 2: Final Report (30 minutes)

Phase 2 of the Expedited PDP (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification was initiated in March 2019, and is focused on developing policy on a System for Standardized Access/Disclosure (SSAD) to non-public gTLD registration data, as well as other topics identified in Phase 2 of the Charter. The EPDP Team published its Phase 2 Initial Report for public comment on 7 February 2020, focused on the SSAD. Subsequently, the EPDP Team also published its Addendum for public comment on 26 March 2020, which was focused on priority 2 items. The Final Report was delivered to the Council on 31 July 2020, though a deadline of 24 August was established for the submission of late minority statements.

Here, the Council will discuss the process and timeline for considering the EPDP-P2 Final Report.

4.1 – Introduction of topic (Rafik Dammak)

4.2 – Council discussion

4.3 – Next steps

Item 5: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Expedited PDP (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification Phase 2 Proposed Next Steps for Priority 2 Items (20 minutes)

While the Phase 2 of the Expedited PDP (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification published its Phase 2 Initial Report for public comment on 7 February 2020, focused on the SSAD, it also published its Addendum for public comment on 26 March 2020, which was focused on priority 2 items. Rafik Dammak submitted a framework document to both identify the list of topics and suggest possible next steps for the Council to consider. A small team was convened to further develop the proposed approach for priority 2 items and present to the full Council for its consideration at a future date. The small team has worked on its proposal, which was shared with the Council on 11 August 2020..

Here, the Council will discuss the small team proposal for priority 2 items.

5.1 – Introduction of topic (Rafik Dammak)

5.2 – Council discussion

5.3 – Next steps

Item 6: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Independent Review Process (IRP) Standing Panel (15 minutes)

One of the features of the updated Independent Review Process (IRP) under the new Bylaws is the establishment of a standing panel from which panelists shall be selected to preside over each IRP dispute. ICANN, in consultation with the SO/ACs, must agree on a single proposed standing panel slate to submit to the ICANN Board for approval.

ICANN Org sought and received feedback from the SO/ACs as to how they envision the panel being populated, and published a summary and next steps. There was strong support expressed for the SOs and ACs to establish a small representative group to help in getting the standing panel established. While it was suggested as an alternative that the IRP Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT) might be able to serve as that small representative group, community leadership determined this was not the best path forward. The SO/AC Chairs are still discussing the best approach to appoint members to the group.

Here, Keith Drazek will provide an update on the latest discussions and seek input from the Council on the best approach to establishing the selection panel.

6.1 - Introduction of topic (GNSO Chair, Keith Drazek)

6.2 - Council discussion

6.3 - Next steps

Item 7: ANY OTHER BUSINESS (15 minutes)

  • 7.1 - ICANN69 Planning: SOAC week (13-15 October) & Plenary week (19-22 October)
  • 7.2 - GNSO Chair election process/timing
  • 7.3 - Update on the EPDP Phase 1 IRT, in respect of Recommendation 7


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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San José, Costa Rica (CST) UTC-6 15:00

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Tokyo, Japan (JST) (+1 day) UTC+9 (Friday) 06:00 

Melbourne, Australia (AEST) (+1 day) UTC+10 (Friday) 07:00  


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