[gnso-igo-wt] FW: [council] PLEASE READ: Request from Council leadership in relation to the IGO Work Track

Steve Chan steve.chan at icann.org
Tue Aug 3 00:42:21 UTC 2021

Dear WT Members,


As noted on today’s WT call, Council leadership has proposed a path forward to ensure that any Consensus Policy recommendations you all make will have proper standing. Below, you will see that this approach involves initiating an EPDP with a charter that is consistent with the Addendum [gnso.icann.org] that this group currently operates against. The Council has until 6 August to note any objections to initiating an EPDP. 


This approach is intended to provide the legitimacy needed to allow this group to make Consensus Policy recommendations while also causing as little disruption to the group as possible. Please see the email below for further details.



Mary, Berry, and Steve




From: council <council-bounces at gnso.icann.org> on behalf of Mary Wong via council <council at gnso.icann.org>
Reply-To: Mary Wong <mary.wong at icann.org>
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 9:20 AM
To: "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: [council] PLEASE READ: Request from Council leadership in relation to the IGO Work Track




Dear Councilors,


Please review the request below from Philippe and the GNSO Council leadership team. Thank you.



After the 22 July Council meeting, leadership has given additional thought to the agenda item regarding the IGO Work Track. As we discussed during the call, there were three components that we wanted to bring to your attention:

The need for a Program Change Request as a result of public comment moratorium – there were no objections on the call.
The ability of the IGO Work Track to develop Consensus Policy recommendations – this is the area we will focus on for immediate next steps.
Whether the IGO Work Track’s draft recommendations are “generally consistent” with the original IGO PDP Working Group’s recommendations #1-4 – to be addressed in the future. 

Council leadership considers #1 above as done and would like to consider #2 and #3 separately: #2 should be considered now and #3 can be considered at a later date.


For #2, Council leadership has consulted with staff and, as a result, we request that the Council consider what appears to be the most sensible path forward to ensure that any forthcoming Consensus Policy recommendations from the IGO Work Track have proper procedural standing; viz., convene an expedited PDP (EPDP) on IGOs. Further, this EPDP should be convened with the same scope of work and structure as is currently outlined in the Addendum [gnso.icann.org], to the greatest extent possible. 


What this would entail is: (1) preparing an EPDP initiation request; and (2) migrating the content of the Addendum to an EPDP Charter. Please consult with your respective SG/Cs and note any objections to this proposed direction by 6 August 2021.


Best regards,


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