Board acknowledges BGC Working Group's efforts and encourages additional stakeholder input on new draft of proposed recommendations for GNSO improvements.


Whereas Article IV, Section 4 of ICANN's Bylaws calls for periodic reviews of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee by an entity or entities independent of the organization under review.

Whereas these reviews are part of ICANN's ongoing commitment to its evolution and improvement, and are intended to ensure an independent examination of the role and operation of key elements of ICANN.

Whereas independent reviews of the GNSO and the GNSO Council were completed and submitted to the Board.

Whereas the Board created the "Board Governance Committee GNSO Review Working Group" to consider the independent reviews and other relevant input, and recommend to the Committee a comprehensive proposal to improve the effectiveness of the GNSO, including its policy activities, structure, operations and communications.

Whereas the Working Group posted a working draft and supporting documents which present the group's initial ideas and pose key questions regarding GNSO improvements on which public comment has been and continues to be sought.

Whereas public forums were held in Lisbon and San Juan at which the community discussed the proposed draft and areas of emerging agreement, possible recommendations, and questions about how to improve the GNSO's inclusiveness and representativeness, while at the same time increasing its effectiveness and efficiency.

Whereas the public comment period comments on the working draft is continuing, and the Working Group encourages additional comments.

Whereas the Working Group will consider all input and develop a new draft of proposed recommendations for additional public comment and Board Governance Committee consideration, after which the Board will act on final proposed recommendations on GNSO improvements.

Resolved (07.58), the ICANN Board acknowledges with gratitude the work of the community and the Working Group and encourages additional public comment and stakeholder input on the draft and ideas for appropriate GNSO changes.

Implementation Actions

  • Develop new draft of proposed recommendations for additional public comment and Board Governance Committee consideration.
    • Responsible entity: Board Governance Committee GNSO Review Working Group
    • Due date: None provided
    • Completion date: 3 February 2008

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