[AfrICANN-discuss] Public Comment: Community Comment Invited on Recommended New GNSO Work Prioritization Process

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 20:22:18 SAST 2010

 News Alert

 Public Comment: Community Comment Invited on Recommended New GNSO Work
Prioritization Process

23 April 2010

At its 21 April 2010 meeting, the GNSO Council approved the use of a set of
recommended new operating procedures designed to enable GNSO Councilors to
begin categorizing and prioritizing their major work projects so that the
Council can fulfill its new role as a strategic manager and coordinator of
policy development activities within the GNSO. The ICANN community is
invited to provide comments on those recommended new procedures.

*Background/Explanation: *

One of the fundamental tenets of the GNSO Improvements efforts has been to
move the GNSO Council away from being a legislative body concerned primarily
with voting towards becoming a more focused strategic entity with
strengthened management and oversight of the policy development process. As
part of that effort a newly restructured GNSO Council was seated at the
Seoul ICANN meeting in October 2009.

One of the new Counci's first items of business was to organize a Drafting
Team (the GNSO Work Process Model Drafting Team – "WPM-DT") to develop a
methodology for prioritizing the GNSO’s project work. The ICANN Secretariat
and Policy Staff had conducted an analysis for the Council of the actual
levels of participation and attendance for GNSO Working Groups and Work
Teams from the beginning of 2008 and continuing through approximately early
September 2009. Staff’s final report, delivered to the Council in Seoul,
found " evidence of sporadic attendance and, in some cases, very low
participation by some Constituencies and inconsistent participation by
others." The Staff encouraged additional community dialogue concerning the
following questions:

   - How might the GNSO’s work be prioritized?
   - Is there too much GNSO work and, if so, what might be done to assess
   the total capacity?
   - Are Constituencies providing enough recruits to the groups being
   - What levels of group participation should be targeted for each

The WPM-DT focused its efforts on that first question regarding Council
priorities. On 9 April 2010, the WPM-DT delivered a recommended model
methodology and set of procedures to help the Council prioritize its work.
The WPM-DT’s intent was to ensure that the recommended process:

   - is user-friendly, unambiguous, and straightforward to execute;
   - produces realistic outputs that will help the Council to make effective
   management decisions; and
   - is structured as an on-going task that accommodates change including
   the introduction of new projects as they are proposed in the future.

At its 21 April meeting the Council accepted the deliverable of the WPM-DT
and approved the use of a new Operating Procedures Chapter 6 and ANNEX
http://gnso.icann.org/drafts/wpmg-section-6-and-annex-09apr10-en.pdf [PDF,
137 KB] for conducting its first Work Prioritization effort. In addition to
directing the opening of this public Comment Forum, the Council established
a timetable for conducting its initial effort at a group working session
when councilors travel to Brussels, Belgium for the June 2010 ICANN meeting.
The full GNSO Council Resolution containing the timeline of the initial
effort is linked below. Community members are invited to review and comment
on these new procedures.

*Document Links: *

   - Proposed Chapter 6 and ANNEX to GNSO Operating
137 KB]
   - Transmittal Letter to GNSO Council from the WPM-DT
13 KB]
   - WPM-DT Presentation to GNSO Council (21 April
559 KB]
   - GNSO Council Resolution Inviting Public Comment (21 April
   - WPM-DT Presentation: GNSO Council Status Update
1.90 MB]
   - Presentation by D. Michel: GNSO Participation Study
524 KB]

*The Process From Here: *

At the end of this Public Comment Forum period, ICANN Staff will review the
comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions
for GNSO Council review. The Council conditioned approval of the new
procedures and said it reserves the right to modify the procedures described
in Chapter 6 and the ANNEX after the conclusion of both the public comment
period and the first Work Prioritization effort.

*Deadline and How to Submit Comments: *

At the direction of the GNSO Council, the Staff is opening a 21-day public
consultation forum, from 26 April through 16 May 2010 and invites community
comments on this document.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here:

To submit comments: work-prioritization at icann.org

To view comments: http://forum.icann.org/lists/work-prioritization/

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth
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