[GNSO-TPR] GNSO Council approval of TPR Project Change Request

Emily Barabas emily.barabas at icann.org
Mon Feb 20 11:58:00 UTC 2023

Dear working group members,

As many of you are already aware, the GNSO Council approved the working group’s Project Change Request (PCR), project plan update, and associated charter adjustments during the 16 February Council meeting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to bring them to tomorrow’s WG meeting.

Kind regards,
Caitlin, Julie, Berry, and Emily

From: council <council-bounces at gnso.icann.org> on behalf of Terri Agnew via council <council at gnso.icann.org>
Reply to: Terri Agnew <terri.agnew at icann.org>
Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023 at 08:05
To: "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
Cc: "gnso-secs at icann.org" <gnso-secs at icann.org>
Subject: [council] GNSO Council resolutions 16 February 2023

Dear all,

Please find below the resolutions from the GNSO Council meeting on Thursday, 16 February 2023, which will be posted shortly on the GNSO Council resolutions <https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions/2020-current__;!!PtGJab4!sLlCB4cV9KdvFnPD2LwSl2p7z4Gk6tPXTWpUAhoW8SCziUIjp5aHd47AEUpgcVkTCRcwggmgOcyz$> page.

Nomination of a Member of the Fellowship Selection Committee
Submitted by: Greg DiBiase
Seconded by: John McElwaine

  1.  On 11 November 2022, the ICANN Fellowship Program invited<https://community.icann.org/download/attachments/105383387/digest_2022_11Nov_08.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1667914328000&api=v2> the GNSO to nominate one individual to serve as member of the Fellowship Selection Committee<https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fellowship-selection-committee> for six consecutive ICANN meetings beginning with ICANN78.
  2.  On 9 December 2022, the GNSO launched [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09dec22-en.htm__;!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsDaDXstNw$> an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to solicit volunteers for the GNSO-nominated position.
  3.  The GNSO Council tasked the GNSO Standing Selection Committee (SSC) with reviewing applications and recommending one individual for the GNSO to nominate.
  4.  The SSC reviewed the applications received, taking into account the criteria outlined in the EOI announcement.
  5.  The SSC submitted its full consensus recommendation to the GNSO Council on 06 February 2023, by way of submission of the relevant motion.
  6.  The GNSO Council considered the recommendations of the SSC.

  1.  The GNSO nominates Taiwo Peter Akinremi to serve as a Fellowship Selection Committee member for six consecutive ICANN meetings, beginning with ICANN78.
  2.  The GNSO Council instructs the GNSO Secretariat to communicate resolved #1 to staff supporting the ICANN Fellowship Program.
  3.  The GNSO Council instructs the GNSO Secretariat to inform the nominated candidate that he has been selected.
  4.  The GNSO Council requests the GNSO Secretariat to send a response to the applicants who were not nominated, thanking them for their interest and encouraging them to apply for future opportunities as they arise.
Vote results [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/policy/2023/vote-result/gnso-council-motion-recorder-16feb23-en.pdf__;!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsBjh1XYFw$>

Adoption of the Revised Charter for the Budget and Operations Townhall
Submitted by: Greg DiBiase
Seconded by: John McElwaine

  1.  In 2017 the GNSO Council expressed its desire to establish the GNSO Standing Committee on Budget and Operations (SCBO) to assist with the development of GNSO Council comments that relate to ICANN's Budgetary and Finance matters;
  2.  On 21 December 2017, the GNSO Council adopted the formation of the SCBO and its interim charter;
  3.  In FY18, the SCBO developed four public comments (IANA-PTI FY19 Budget, ICANN's Reserve Fund Target Level, ICANN's Draft FY19 Budget and Operating Plan, and ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy) on behalf of the GNSO Council that were later accepted and posted to ICANN's public forum;
  4.  On 24 October 2018, the GNSO Council voted to adopt the charter for the GNSO Standing Committee on Budget and Operations (SCBO) on a permanent basis;
  5.  On an annual basis, the SCBO developed and provided drafts public comment to the GNSO Council on the IANA-PTI Budget and ICANN’s Draft Budget and Operating Plan, which upon non-objection from the Council, were submitted to the relevant public comment proceeding;
  6.  Interest and engagement in the SCBO has waned and the substance of public comments has diminished;
  7.  The GNSO Council identified an opportunity to evolve the SCBO to better align with the needs of the Council as well as establish a consistent platform for the Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies to engage with the Finance and Planning team in a more streamlined and collaborative manner; and,
  8.  The GNSO Council leadership team coordinated with the GNSO Council and Stakeholder Group and Constituency leadership teams to ensure that they are supportive of the change to the SCBO.


  1.  The GNSO Council adopts the revised Charter [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/policy/2023/draft/draft-scbo-charter-24jan23-en.pdf__;!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsDH3MrxZQ$> for the Budget and Operations Townhall (formerly known as the SCBO).
  2.  The GNSO Council thanks the Council members and subject matter experts that have contributed to the SCBO throughout its lifespan.
Vote results [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/policy/2023/vote-result/gnso-council-motion-recorder-16feb23-en.pdf__;!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsBjh1XYFw$>

Motion - Approval of a Project Change Request (PCR) to Update the Project Plan of the Transfer Policy Review (TPR) Policy Development Process (PDP)
Submitted by: Osvaldo Novoa
Seconded by: Greg Dibiase

  1.  On 18 February 2021, the GNSO Council voted [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions/2020-current*202102__;Iw!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsADOxfSIw$> to initiate a PDP to review the Transfer Policy.
  2.  On 24 March 2021, the GNSO Council approved [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions/2020-current*20210324-3__;Iw!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsB9AP4Eqg$> the PDP working group’s charter, which anticipated a two-phase approach to completing the PDP’s work.
  3.  The working group began meeting in May 2021 and has made substantial progress, including publication of an Initial Report on Phase 1(a) topics, review of public comments on the Phase 1(a) Initial Report, and preliminary deliberations on Phase 1(b) topics.
  4.  In the course of considering the Phase 1 charter questions, the working group identified dependencies between charter topics that require the working group to make progress on certain Phase 2 topics (Transfer Emergency Action Contact (TEAC), reversal of a transfer, and Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP)) before Phase 1 deliberations on inter-registrar and inter-registrant transfers can be completed.
  5.  The working group has determined that the best path forward is to consolidate its work into a single phase, which will allow the working group to consider all topics in the charter iteratively. This approach will result in delivery of a second Initial Report covering all topics in the charter and a single Final Report.
  6.  The working group anticipates that with this new approach, the PDP will conclude a year earlier than originally anticipated, because there will be fewer discrete deliverables and public comment periods.
  7.  The Working Group leadership team submitted a Project Change Request outlining the full rationale for updating the project plan.

  1.  The GNSO Council approves this Project Change Request.
  2.  The GNSO Council instructs policy support staff to update the TPR project plan, charter, and other materials accordingly and post on the working group wiki.
Vote results [gnso.icann.org]<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/policy/2023/vote-result/gnso-council-motion-recorder-16feb23-en.pdf__;!!PtGJab4!5HBDVgTySr4ZmybZ6-aoK39ZfA4Kz-gJESt11IdtyYBrBDX44jwHhO-V91JIf8Q0cw1TBMIiS1LllCBU2KLOFsBjh1XYFw$>

Thank you.

Kind regards,

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