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 on Thursday, 04 May at 13:00 UTC:   

06:00 Los Angeles; 09:00 Washington DC; 14:00 London; 15:00 Paris; 16:00 Moscow; 23:00 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 minutes)

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 15 March 2023 were posted on 30 March 2023.

Minutes of the GNSO Council meeting on 20 April 2023 will be posted on 07 May 2023.

Item 2: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Proposal of SubPro Small Team Triage Exercise (100 Minutes)

During its informal session at ICANN76 and the subsequent Council meeting, the Council discussed and agreed to task a small team of interested councilors to review the recommendations that the Board placed in a pending status and suggest to the full Council how the underlying concerns that caused the pending status can be best addressed (i.e., a limited triage exercise). Interested Councilors were asked to volunteer for the Small Team by 15 March 2023.

Since ICANN76, the Council SubPro Small Team has met several times and has completed an initial run through of the issues chart, with an update from Board members on why the Board placed specific recommendations into a pending status. Now that its review is complete, the Small Team discussed proposals on how to respond to these items.

Here, the Council will receive a comprehensive update from the Small Team regarding its proposed responses to the pending Board items.


2.1 – Overview of SubPro Small Team Proposal - (Paul McGrady, Small Team Chair)

2.2 – Council discussion (Presentation)

2.3 – Next Steps

Item 3: ANY OTHER BUSINESS (10 minutes)



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 13:00 UTC 

Local time between March and October in the NORTHERN hemisphere


California, USA (PDT) UTC-7  06:00

San José, Costa Rica (CDT) UTC-6 07:00 

New York/Washington DC, USA (EDT) UTC-4 09:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina (ART) UTC-3 10:00

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (BRT) UTC-3 10:00

London, United Kingdom (GMT) UTC+1 14:00

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (WAT) UTC+1 14:00

Paris, France (CET) UTC+1 15:00

Moscow, Russia (MSK) UTC+3 16:00

Singapore (SGT) UTC+8 21:00

Melbourne, Australia (AEDT) UTC+11 23:00


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DST ends on Sunday 29 October 2023 for EU countries, and on Sunday 05 November 2023 for the US.


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