[council] Draft list of definitions and descriptions of GNSO structures and mechanisms

Mary Wong mary.wong at icann.org
Wed Aug 12 18:22:26 UTC 2015

Hello Carlos and everyone,

Thanks so much for the kind words ­ as I mentioned, this is still a draft
document so we welcome your suggestions for clarifications and improvements.
The plan is that this document will also eventually feed into some of the
other PDP Improvements work.

Your specific point about the linkage between a group and its members,
especially as it relates to the GNSO Council, is an interesting one. There¹s
currently no requirement that Council members have to be part of any
particular type of group, so maybe we are assuming too much about what
people, especially newcomers, know (or do not) about the Council¹s role
vis-a-vis that of a Drafting Team, a Working Group and so on. We can look
into adding a link to the relevant GNSO operating procedures, e.g. the PDP
Manual and Working Group Guidelines, perhaps via a footnote saying something
like ³For specific information about how the GNSO Council functions in
relation to these structures and mechanisms, see [document].²

One additional entry that your email caused us to think about is possibly
adding another entry for ³Council liaison², which is when a Council member
is appointed to serve as a liaison between the Council and a Working Group.
That may help reinforce the point above as well.

Thanks again, and we hope this document continues to be useful!


Mary Wong
Senior Policy Director
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
Telephone: +1 603 574 4889
Email: mary.wong at icann.org


From:  Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez <crg at isoc-cr.org>
Date:  Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 08:50
To:  Mary Wong <mary.wong at icann.org>
Cc:  "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject:  Re: [council] Draft list of definitions and descriptions of GNSO
structures and mechanisms

> Dear Mary, 
> this is excellent information, thank you.
> I still miss some reaction between the type of groups and its members (first
> lista as related to the second one), clearing probable questions like:
> minimum number of councillors that have to be part of the group? if the chairs
> need to be members of the council? in which cases it makes a difference
> between a council member as opposed to a member of the respective
> constituency?
> I think this would help motivate constituency members to take a much more
> active role in the processes, and not expect that just the council members do
> all the work.
> Best regards
> Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez
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>> On Aug 11, 2015, at 3:57 PM, Mary Wong <mary.wong at icann.org> wrote:
>> <Table of GNSO Structures & Mechanisms - DRAFT - 11 August 2015.docx>

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