[CCWG-ACCT] TR: ST18 breathrough text

Mathieu Weill mathieu.weill at afnic.fr
Thu Nov 26 16:08:42 UTC 2015

Dear Colleagues,

During the call today, we found a common way forward on the ST18 
recommendation, based on joint inputs from Denmark and Keith Drazek.

This is intended to clarify the actual text that will be presented as our 
proposal on the Draft Report.

Thank you all of you for your contributions to this significant step 

Best and happy thanksgiving to all our US friends,


De : Steve DelBianco [mailto:sdelbianco at netchoice.org]
Envoyé : jeudi 26 novembre 2015 17:03
À : ACCT-Staff; Thomas Rickert; Mathieu Weill; León Felipe Sánchez Ambía; 
Cheryl Langdon-Orr; Becky Burr; Jordan Carter
Objet : ST18 breathrough text

Here’s what we need in the 3rd report:

Article XI, Section 2, Item 1

j. The advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee on public policy 
matters shall be duly taken into account, both in the formulation and 
adoption of policies. In the event that the ICANN Board determines to take 
an action that is not consistent with the Governmental Advisory Committee 
advice, it shall so inform the Committee and state the reasons why it 
decided not to follow that advice.    Any GAC advice approved by a full GAC 
consensus, understood to mean the practice of adopting decisions by general 
agreement in the absence of any formal objection, may only be rejected by a 
vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board.   With respect to such advice, the 
Governmental Advisory Committee and the ICANN Board will try, in good faith 
and in a timely and efficient manner, to find a mutually acceptable 

The GAC has the autonomy to refine its Operating Procedures to specify how 
objections are raised and considered (for example, disallowing a single 
country to continue an objection on the same issue if no other countries 
will join in an objection).  When transmitting consensus advice to the Board 
for which the GAC seeks to receive special consideration, the GAC has the 
obligation to confirm the lack of any formal objection.

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