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[AFRINIC-rpd] Re: Address Supporting Organization

sm+afrinic at sm+afrinic at
Fri Feb 22 22:13:26 UTC 2013

Hi Douglas,
At 12:06 22-02-2013, Douglas Onyango wrote:
>I guess I must have been too fixed on process adherence :-) totally
>missed this part.


>Fundamentally while engaging in any discussion, the expectation is
>that ASO members would understand the viewpoints of their regions on
>certain issues and try to advance them or support any supportive
>ideas, they will also oppose those that are not consistent with their
>regional views. nonetheless all this will be done with due regard to
>the global nature of their role


>but I don't this doesn't make the role of the ASO debatable --- if you
>read the objectives in their entirety, the ASO is serving its role
>pretty well. I will paste the objectives here for everyone one's sake:
>2. Objective
>The Address Council was established to perform the following tasks:
>- Undertake a role in the global policy development process as
>described in Attachment A of the ASO MoU.

There has been four global policies since 2001.  The above doesn't 
sound like a lot of work.

>- Provide recommendations to the Board of ICANN concerning the
>recognition of new RIRs, according to agreed
>requirements and policies as currently described in ICANN Policy 2.

Ok, you get to decide about whether the ITU should be recognized as a RIR. :-)

>- Define procedures for selection of individuals to serve on other
>ICANN bodies, in particular on the ICANN Board, and
>implement any roles assigned to the Address Council in such procedures.


>- Provide advice to the Board of ICANN on number resource allocation
>policy, in conjunction with the RIRs.

What advice has been provided to the Board of ICANN since 2012?

>- Develop procedures for conducting business in support of their
>responsibilities, in particular for the appointment of
>an Address Council Chair and definition of the Chair's
>responsibilities. The ASO MoU requires all such procedures to be
>submitted to the Executive Council of the Number Resource Organization
>for approval.


>I will take 'global debate' here above to mean global policy debate,
>and respond in the affirmative, none of the points here are about
>global policy development. However, you have to read the rest of the
>objectives of the ASO (above) to understand that there is more than
>policy development in the JD of the ASO.
>After reading the objectives, I guess you will also start to see the
>linkages between everyone of the points in the meeting and the
>objectives of the ASO.

Yes, that explains what was done during that meeting.  Anyone can 
come up with an impressive list of objectives.  What are the issues 
which would have affected Africa and what decisions were taken?  What 
I would like to find out is the results that have been achieved.

S. Moonesamy

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