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The New GNSO Policy Development Process Presented for Approval

01-Jun-2011 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 7775

MARINA DEL REY, CA - The Policy Development Process Work Team (PDP-WT) was tasked to develop a new GNSO policy development process that incorporates a working group approach and makes it more effective and responsive to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s policy development needs.

Today, the PDP-WT has submitted its Final Report http://gnso.icann.org/issues/pdp-wt-final-report-final-31may11-en.pdf to the GNSO Council for its consideration, according to the ICANN. The Final Report contains amongst others forty-seven (47) recommendations, an outline of the proposed new Annex A as well as a supporting document that is envisioned to be included in the GNSO Council Operating Procedures as the PDP Manual.

The Recommendations include amongst others:

• Recommending the use of a standardized "Request for an Issue Report Template"

• The introduction of a "Preliminary Issues Report" which shall be published for public comment prior to the creation of a Final Issues Report to be acted upon by the GNSO Council

• A Requirement that each PDP Working Group operate under a Charter

• Dialogue between the GNSO Council and an Advisory Committee in the event that an the GNSO Council decides not to initiate a PDP following an Issues Report requested by such Advisory Committee

• Changing the existing Bylaws requiring a mandatory public comment period upon initiation of a PDP to optional at the discretion of the PDP Working Group

• Clarification of ‘in scope of ICANN policy process or the GNSO’

• Changing the timeframes of public comment periods including (i) a required public comment period of no less than 30 days on a PDP Working Group’s Initial Report and (ii) a minimum of 21 days for any non-required public comment periods the PDP WG might choose to initiate at its discretion

• Maintaining the existing requirement of PDP Working Groups producing both an Initial Report and Final Report, but giving PDP Working Groups the discretion to produce additional outputs

• A recommendation allowing for the termination of a PDP prior to delivery of the Final Report

• Guidance to the GNSO Council on the treatment of PDP WG recommendations

• New procedures on the delivery of recommendations to the Board including a requirement that all reports presented to the Board are reviewed by either the PDP Working Group or the GNSO Council and made publicly available

• The use of Implementation Review Teams

Further details and background on the different recommendations, the proposed Annex A and PDP Manual can be found in the PDP-WT Final Report http://gnso.icann.org/issues/pdp-wt-final-report-final-31may11-en.pdf. The GNSO Council will now consider this Final Report for adoption.

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