[Gnso-epdp-team] Final report and consensus designation

Rafik Dammak rafik.dammak at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 10:29:56 UTC 2020

Hi all,

We are reaching today an important milestone of our long journey. As
promised, I am sharing with you the consensus designation I made for the
policy recommendations.

Following the GNSO Working Group Guidelines provision, I am sharing here
the first iteration of the consensus designation. Similar to phase 1, I am
using a table to identify the consensus designation for each policy
recommendation I believe has been achieved. The table also indicates which
groups do not appear to support a recommendation or a part of it. The
designation is based on the outcome of our latest deliberations this week
and I made the assessment with the “cannot live with” as an indicator or
where groups have indicated directly that they do not support certain
recommendations, to select what I think is the appropriate level of

We managed to resolve the majority of “cannot live with” items identified,
but unfortunately we were not able to do that for all. I have used those
“cannot live with” items that we were not able to resolve as an indicator.
I want also to highlight that in certain cases the “cannot live with” items
went to a very specific part of the recommendation and I have taken a
cautious approach and assumed that this meant a group is not able to live
with the whole recommendation for the purpose of the consensus designation.
Groups can of course correct that if it is not an accurate assumption. The
document includes also the relevant provisions in the GNSO working group

As mentioned previously, this is an iterative process but also not an
endless one. So I would like to ask each group to indicate if they believe
the consensus designation is not the correct one or the group has been
incorrectly identified or not identified as not supporting certain
recommendations. Please do that asap to help me to review the received
input and make the necessary updates in a timely manner. I am hoping that
this process will be straightforward and we all come swiftly to a general
understanding on the consensus designations. The period of 24 to 29 July is
for the EPDP Team to respond to consensus designations and share its
feedback. For ease of use, you can use the table to share your input.

We tried our best to revolve concerns, reach agreements within the limits
and constraints we are dealing with. The product is not perfect but it is
the result of a consensus process and a lot of compromise. Although it
would have been nice if the outcome of PDPs could make everybody happy and
give everyone everything they want, unfortunately this is not possible, but
it is important that we have a product you can accept and own. This is not
the time for revisions or re-opening discussions but it is for finalizing
our deliverable. So let’s stay focused.

I do believe that we did what we could do and deliberated on those topics
to the extent of possible. I acknowledge there are disagreements and
concerns. As I stated during the calls, you have the opportunity to get
them on the record through the minority statement where you can go into
details and explain your rationale. Even if you support a consensus
position, you can still provide a statement to make your views heard. I
urge you to submit them by deadline in order to be included, you don’t need
to wait for the 29th July to do so. I recognize there may be some general
dissatisfaction with some wanting more, others wanting less but at the end
the group has come and worked together on delivering this report. The GNSO
council will consider the final report and recommendations upon reception
and will have to act on. Rest ensured that the report will be reviewed

I also acknowledge the frustration that some have about the remaining
priority 2 issues not being addressed. I can reassure you that the GNSO
Council is looking at how, not if, to address those topics in a timely
manner and outlining the next steps and timing. It tasked a small team of
councillors to come up with the proposal to be considered.

You can find the final report here: https://community.icann.org/x/K4LsBw .

Finally and on a less formal note, today was supposed to be the start of
the Olympics game in Tokyo. Many described our EPDP as a marathon,
definitely at an Olympic level of efforts and commitment. We are so close
to the finishing line and we should celebrate soon the finalization of this

Best Regards,

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