[council] FW: [CCWG-ACCT] [Blog] Launching Work Stream 2 in Helsinki

James M. Bladel jbladel at godaddy.com
Thu Jun 23 14:32:25 UTC 2016

Councilors -

Please see announcement/blog article below, regarding the launch of Accountability WS2.



Launching Work Stream 2 in Helsinki

It has been a momentous month for the ICANN community. On behalf of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), we welcome the U.S. Government report<https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2016/iana-stewardship-transition-proposal-assessment-report> that our recommendations meet their requirements. We are actively engaged in the prep work needed for a timely implementation of these new accountability mechanisms into ICANN's ecosystem.

Looking ahead, our ongoing work to advance ICANN's accountability is not complete. The CCWG-Accountability identified nine additional areas where community, staff and Board accountability can be improved. These target areas, recognized as Work Stream 2, are outlined in Recommendation #12<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=58723723&preview=/58723723/58725532/Annex%2012%20-%20FINAL.pdf> of the Work Stream 1 Report.

To launch Work Stream 2, the CCWG-Accountability will be holding a full-day face-to-face meeting in Helsinki on the Sunday before ICANN56 (26 June 2016). All Work Stream 2 topics<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=58723723&preview=/58723723/58725532/Annex%2012%20-%20FINAL.pdf> will be covered during the session. The full agenda can be found here<mailto:https://community.icann.org/x/rBWOAw>.

The topics that will be discussed are:
·         Additional transparency considerations
·         Diversity across ICANN
·         Clarifying the lines of accountability for ICANN staff
·         A work plan to enhance accountability of Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees
·         A Framework of Interpretation on respecting human rights within ICANN's limited mission and scope
·         Expanding the list of jurisdictions identified in ICANN's contracts, for purposes of resolving contractual disputes [1]<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/launching-work-stream-2-in-helsinki#_ftn1>
·         Role and function of the Ombudsman
·         Guidelines for good faith conduct in ICANN Board member removal discussions
·         Engagement process between a complainant and ICANN prior to an Independent Review Process

We encourage all members, participants and interested observers that are not attending ICANN56 to follow along with our discussions via our Adobe Room<https://icann.adobeconnect.com/hel56-halla>. In addition, we will be circulating notes on each of the topics to the publicly archived<http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/accountability-cross-community/> CCWG-Accountability mailing list to serve as the base of our discussions moving forward.

If you are interested in debating these Work Stream 2 topics and want to become a participant or observer of the CCWG-Accountability, please send an email to acct-staff at icann.org<mailto:acct-staff at icann.org>.

For those of you who will be joining us in Helsinki, safe travels and we look forward to seeing you soon!

CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs,

Thomas Rickert, León Sanchez, Mathieu Weill


[1]<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/launching-work-stream-2-in-helsinki#_ftnref1> ICANN's jurisdiction, place of incorporation and headquarters location are not within the scope of Work Stream 2 deliberations.

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