[CCWG-ACCT] Communiqu? from Paris Meeting

Hillary Jett hillary.jett at icann.org
Mon Jul 20 23:36:31 UTC 2015

Hi team,

Thank you to all who provided feedback on the draft Communiqué yesterday.
Please see find below the final Communiqué
<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-07-20-en>  from this past
weekend¹s CCWG-Accountability face-to-face meeting.

If you have any questions please let me know!



Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Paris
Members and participants of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing
ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) met in Paris, France, from 17-18
July 2015. The event served as an opportunity to further advance the
discussion on key outstanding issues and to reach agreement on next steps
towards finalizing its Work Stream 1 recommendations.
This gathering comes on the heels of ICANN53 in Buenos Aires, as well as a
series of prior discussions and feedback in response to the public comment
period of the group's draft report.
The meeting had strong community participation, with 76 group members and
participants attending in person and an additional 30 joining remotely.
Further, several members of the ICANN Board of Directors, Governmental
Advisory Committee (GAC) representatives, external Advisors and local
stakeholders were also present (list of all participants
<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=53778867> ).
Key issues discussed and agreed-upon next steps are outlined below:
Community Empowerment Models
Following close examination and a series of dialogues and exchanges on the
merits and drawbacks of the three (3) community empowerment models
presented, the group agreed to advance the Community Mechanism as Sole
Member Model (CMSM) as part of Work Stream 1, noting the momentum that
emerged among the members of the CCWG-Accountability in support of this
Under this framework, the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory
Committees (ACs) would collectively participate together as the sole member
of ICANN. This coordination of SOs and ACs would be empowered to take
certain special actions within ICANN. Further, an exchange of views will
occur with the community before decisions are made. Additional details will
become available over the next few weeks as the community continues to
develop the framework for this model.
The 'Empowered SO/AC Designator' and 'Empowered SO/AC Membership' models
were also discussed and considered. Brief descriptions of each of these
models can be found here
ole....pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1436914285624&api=v2>  [PDF, 564 KB].
Review of Government Inputs/Concerns Received
31 GAC members submitted individual contributions to the CCWG-Accountability
ahead of the Paris meeting. The contributions addressed a series of
questions aimed at further clarifying the positions ofGAC members with
regard to their vision of the role of governments in a post-transition
While in Paris, discussions focused on identifying requirements such as the
role of governments with regards to public policy and assuring that the
ICANN Board of Directors does not act outside of ICANN's mission. The group
also acknowledged the challenges for governments to make certain decisions
regarding their participation into the new community model in time for
ICANN54 in Dublin.
Dependencies between the CWG-Stewardship and CCWG-Accountability
CWG-Stewardship co-Chair, Lise Fuhr, articulated the conditionalities and
dependencies between the naming community proposal and the work of the
CCWG-Accountability. These dependencies fall under 6 areas:
1. ICANN Budget: Community rights regarding development and consideration
2. ICANN Board: Community rights, specifically to appoint/remove members,
recall the entire Board
3. IANA Function Review: Incorporated into the bylaws
4. Customer Standing Committee: Incorporated into the bylaws
5. Appeals Mechanism: Independent Review Panel should be made applicable to
IANA Functions and accessible by TLD managers
6. Fundamental bylaws: All foregoing mechanisms are to be provided for in
the bylaws as "Fundamental bylaws"
The group agreed to continue coordinating their activities with the
CWG-Stewardship in an effort to ensure that the recommendations put forth by
the CCWG-Accountability fully meet the requirements
oposal_11June.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1434047705000&api=v2> [PDF, 1.4
MB] (p. 20-21) of the naming community.
Refinements of Independent Review Process (IRP)
The group reached broad agreement on elements of the enhanced IRP, including
diversity as a guideline for conformation and community-driven panel
selection processes. Additionally, a subgroup will be formed to further
develop IRP rules and procedures as well as fine tune the subject matter for
Next Steps
Over the coming days, the group faces the challenge of addressing all
outstanding issues andcompiling a complete 2nd Draft Proposal for a 40-day
public comment from 31 July until 23:59 UTC on 8 September 2015. It is
important to note that this public comment period will directly parallel the
public comment on the Interim Final Transition Proposal being assembled by
the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).
The first public comment included over 60 submissions that the
CCWG-Accountability is carefully considering. Comments were helpful in
preparing for the Paris meeting and are being considered in developing the
2nd Draft Proposal. Responses to these comments will be published along with
references to the 2nd Draft Proposal to acknowledge substantive changes
where applicable.
The CCWG-Accountability aims to have a Work Stream 1 proposal finalized and
distributed to its chartering organizations prior to ICANN54 in Dublin.
Based on the current work plan, the group confirms its plans aiming at
delivering the Work Stream 1 proposal to the U.S. National
Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), by late October or
early November.
For more information, visit:
Kind regards,
Thomas Rickert
Mathieu Weill
León Felipe Sánchez Ambía
CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs

Hillary Jett
Communications Coordinator
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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