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 19:00 UTC 

Coordinated Universal Time: 19:00 UTC: 

12:00 Los Angeles; 15:00 Washington DC; 20:00 London; 21:00 Paris; 22:00 Moscow; (Friday) 05:00 Melbourne 

GNSO Council Meeting Remote Participation: 


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 22 July 2021 were posted on 06 August 2021.

Minutes of the GNSO Council meeting on 19 August 2021 were posted on 04 September 2021.

Item 2: Opening Remarks / Review of Projects & Action List (10 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 (10 minutes) 

  • 3.1 - Approval of the Chair for the Accuracy Scoping Team - Michael Palage (SOI)
  • 3.2 - Approval of the updated role description for the GNSO liaison to the GAC
  • 3.3 - Confirmation to appoint Donna Austin as the chair of the EPDP on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
  • 3.4 - Approval of the 2021 Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Slate - In accordance with Section 17.2 (d) of the ICANN Bylaw and per the CSC Charter, the full membership of the CSC must be approved by the GNSO Council. The Council approves the full slate of members and liaisons:


Frederico Neves, member re-appointed

Appointing Organization: ccNSO

Term: 2021 – 2023

Brett Carr (Vice-Chair) member

Appointing Organization: ccNSO

Expected Term: 2020 - 2022

Dmitry Burkov, member re-appointed

Appointing Organization: RySG

Term: 2021 - 2023

Gaurav Vedi, member

Appointing Organization: RySG

Expected Term: 2020 - 2022


Holly Raiche, liaison re-appointed

Appointing Organization: ALAC

Term: 2021 - 2023

Milton Mueller, liaison re-appointed

Appointing Organization: GNSO (Non-Registry)

Term: 2021 – 2023

Lars-Johan Liman, (Chair)

Appointing Organization: RSSAC

Expected Term: 2020 – 2022

Laxmi Prasad Yadav

Appointing Organization: GAC

Expected Term: 2020 - 2022

Amy Creamer

Appointing Organization: PTI

Term: no term limit

SSAC has declined to appoint a liaison as of the 01 October 2021 slate.

Item 4: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - EPDP Phase 2A Final Report (35 minutes)

On 21 October 2020, the GNSO Council approved the initiation of EPDP Phase 2A, to examine the topics of legal/natural and feasibility of unique contacts. In doing so, the Council required that the GNSO Council Liaison to the EPDP report back to the GNSO Council on the status of deliberations. Accordingly, status updates were regularly provided to the GNSO Council over the course of the EPDP Phase 2A’s deliberations. The EPDP Team published its Initial Report for public comment on 3 June 2021, which included preliminary recommendations as well as questions for community input. The EPDP Team delivered its Phase 2A Final Report to the GNSO Council on 3 September 2021, which was updated on 13 September 2021 with the minority statements incorporated into the Final Report

The GNSO Council will receive a presentation on the Final Report, to better prepare the Council for a vote during the October meeting. While this agenda item is for discussion only, a draft motion was circulated to the GNSO Council on 13 September 2021 for discussion purposes. The Council will also consider the proposal contained in the Final Report, which recommends that the Council follow current and future legislative developments which may require further policy work.

Here, the GNSO Council will receive a presentation, as well as discuss the Final Report and the draft motion.

4.1 – Introduction of topic (Philippe Fouquart, GNSO Council liaison to EPDP Phase 2A) Slide deck

4.2 –  Presentation on the Final Report

4.3 – Council discussion

4.4 – Next steps

Item 5: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - GDS Update on the Framework for the Policy Status Report Framework on the UDRP (30 minutes)

On 21 January 2021, the GNSO Council approved the recommendations from the Phase 1 Final Report of the GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) on the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs, covering RPMs applicable to gTLDs launched under the 2012 New gTLD Program. The Council has discussed the need to review the RPMs charter in advance of launching Phase 2 of the PDP, which is focused on the UDRP.

Council leadership had considered the best path forward to initiating this work and shared their thoughts for advancing this effort on 13 July 2021, which considers a Policy Status Report (PSR) as a possible next step. The Council discussed the approach during its July meeting and agreed that ICANN org should consider how to conduct the PSR and return to the Council to present their proposed framework for the PSR, in advance of initiating the actual work. ICANN org shared a presentation on 13 September 2021.

Here, the Council will receive a presentation and consider whether it agrees with the proposed approach for the PSR.

5.1 – Introduction of topic (Council leadership)

5.2 – Presentation (Antonietta Mangiacotti - ICANN org) Slide deck

5.3 – Council discussion

5.4 – Next steps

Item 6: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - CCWG-Accountability WS2 Implementation - Next Steps for the GNSO Council (15 Minutes)

On 7 November 2019, the ICANN Board adopted all of the consensus recommendations contained within the WS2 Final Report. As part of the resolved clauses, ICANN Org was directed to begin implementation of those recommendations, in accordance with the WS2 Implementation Assessment Report

In 2020, the GNSO Council sought to get ahead of impending work it will eventually be asked to undertake for the implementation of WS2. In an effort to better understand the specific items that it will be tasked to complete, the Council performed an analysis (circulated on 20 January 2021)  of the recommendations and considered which might result in tasks for the Council to complete.

Since then, ICANN org has devoted additional staff resources to help assist the community to understand which recommendations may result in work for each of the respective Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, and of particular interest to the GNSO, each of the Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies (which for the most part, are entirely separate from work the GNSO Council will undertake).

Here, the Council will receive an update from ICANN org on the latest efforts related to the WS2 implementation. 

6.1 – Update (Mary Wong - ICANN org) Slide deck

6.2 – Council discussion

6.3 – Next steps

Item 7: ANY OTHER BUSINESS (10 minutes)

7.1 - SSAD Operational Design Phase

7.2 - Criteria for evaluating candidates for the SubPro ODP role


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)


References for Coordinated Universal Time of 19:00 UTC 

Local time between November and March Winter in the NORTHERN hemisphere


California, USA (PDT) UTC-7 12:00 

San José, Costa Rica (CST) UTC-6 13:00

New York/Washington DC, USA (EDT) UTC-4 15:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina (ART) UTC-3 16:00

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (BRST) UTC-3 16:00

London, United Kingdom (GMT) UTC+1 20:00

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (WAT) UTC+1 20:00

Paris, France (CEST) UTC+2 21:00

Moscow, Russia (MST) UTC+3 22:00 

Singapore (SGT)(+1day) UTC+8 03:00 

Melbourne, Australia (AEDT)(+1day) UTC+11 05:00


DST starts/ends on Sunday 31 October 2021, 2:00 or 3:00 local time (with exceptions) for EU countries and on Sunday 7 November 2021 for the US.


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