• Category:  ICANN Structures
  • Topic: Proposed Change to ICANN Bylaws Regarding Number of GNSO Council Representatives
  • Board meeting date: 8 April 2005
  • Resolution number: 05.20
  • URL for Board minutes/resolution: http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/minutes-08apr05.htm
  • Status: Completed

Board approves Bylaws amendments to maintain three representatives per Constituency on GNSO Council.


Michael Palage introduced a resolution:

Whereas, one of ICANN's Core Values from Bylaws Article I, Section 2 is "Seeking and supporting broad, informed participation reflecting the functional, geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision-making."

Whereas, the Transition Article (XX) of the Bylaws states that "In the absence of further action on the topic by the New Board, each of the GNSO constituencies shall select two representatives to the GNSO Council"

Whereas the Board resolved in Carthage on 31 October 2003 to change the transition article (Article XX) of the ICANN bylaws to allow each constituency of the GNSO to continue to be represented on the GNSO Council by three representatives per constituency until the end of the ICANN annual meeting in 2004.

Whereas the GNSO Council requested that the Board extend the arrangement of three representatives per constituency until the ICANN meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina (4 - 8 April 2005) in order for the external review to be completed following a public comment period.

Whereas, the Board initiated a review of the GNSO Council in 2004 pursuant to Bylaws Article IV, section 4, including, among other aspects of the review criteria, an analysis of the efficacy of having three representatives from each constituency on the GNSO Council.

Whereas, the report of the independent consultant that performed the GNSO Council Review recommended that "The Council is working well with three representatives from each constituency. No one who is involved with the Council perceives that having three representatives hinders the workings of the Council."

Whereas the GNSO Council's self-review also supported the continuance of three representatives from each constituency.

Whereas public comments received on the independent review (22 December 2004 - 24 January 2005) and on the proposed Bylaws amendment (18 March 2005 - 8 April 2005) indicated no significant opposition, and considerable support, for the proposal to maintain three representatives per constituency.

Resolved (05.20) the Board adopts the proposed amendments to the Bylaws as posted, and instructs the President and General Counsel to take such actions as appropriate to implement the amendments.

The resolution was moved by Michael Palage, seconded by Alejandro Pisanty, and approved unanimously by the Board, 14-0.

Implementation Actions

  • Implement Bylaws Amendment
    • Responsible Entity: General Counsel
    • Due date: None specified
    • Completion date: 8 April 2005

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