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2017

Date Topic Resolutions and Decisions
18 May 2017 Appointment members PDP Working Group

129-01

Background: The secretariat send out a call for volunteers to the relevant ccTLD and ccNSO email lists to volunteers as members of the PDP WG on retirement of ccTLDs. By closure of the call for volunteers, the following volunteers applied:

Nigel Roberts
Patricio Poblete
Dr Eberhard W Lisse
Stephen Deerhake
Peter Van Roste
Peter Vergote
Danko Jevtović
Mirjana Tasić
Martin Boyle
Tom Barrett
Wafa Dahmani
Abibu Ntahigiye
Svitlana Tkachenko
Barrack Otieno
Annebeth Lange
Nick Wenban-Smith
Barbara Povše
Debbie Monahan
Allan MacGillivray
Peter Koch
Garth Miller

If required person not directly related to a ccTLD, a ccTLD manger manager supported the membership application.

THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED TO appoint the applicants listed as members of the ccNSO Policy Development Working Group on the retirement of ccTLDs, and ask the ccNSO secretariat to inform them accordingly and set up an email list, and take all the other steps to start the WG.

4 May 2017 Appointed co-chair CCWG Accountability

Intermeeting decision:

The ccNSO Council has chosen Jordan Carter (.nz) to replace Mathieu Weill as the ccNSO appointed co-chair of the CCWG Accountability effective immediately.

15 March 2017 Initiate procedure to prepare submission – increase number of ccNSO travel slots

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THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED to initiate the ccNSO Council procedure to prepare a submission to the ICANN FY 2018 Budget and/or Operational Plan seeking an increase in the number of ccNSO traveling slots. The ccNSO Council designates Nigel Roberts as lead of the drafting team and request the secretariat to send out a call for volunteers to take part in the drafting team. In preparing the Council Statement the drafting team is requested to propose a reasonable number of traveling slots and the rationale for the proposed number.

15 March 2017 Deferment of ccNSO Organizational Review

127-02

Background: the ccNSO Council received a letter for the chair of the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC), indicating that the ccNSO Council could defer the start of the ccNSO Organizational Review by twelve months. If so it would have to inform the OEC accordingly. Additional procedural steps will be involved, including a public comment period and board approval.

THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED TO request the Chair of the ccNSO to inform the Chair of the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee that the ccNSO requests to defer the start of the ccNSO Organizational Review by twelve months.

15 March 2017 Initiation of PDP

127-03

Background

At its meeting on 10 December 2015 the ccNSO Council discussed the launch of the formal ccNSO Policy Development Processes to address the lack of policy with respect to retirement of ccTLDs and Review Mechanism on issues of delegation, revocation and retirement of ccTLDs.

To increase the predictability and legitimacy of decision pertaining to the retirement of ccTLDs and in accordance with the recommendations of the ccNSO Delegation and Redelegation working group (DRDWG) in 20111, the void or lack of policy relating to the retirement of ccTLDs needs to filled by a policy developed by the ccNSO. However, at the time the DRDWG also recommended that such a ccNSO PDP should be launched following the development of a Framework of Interpretation of RFC 1591.

Assuming the IANA Stewardship Transition will be successful, a Review Mechanism should be in place rather sooner than later to ensure a redress mechanism for ccTLDs with respect to the most critical decisions pertaining to ccTLDs: delegation, revocation, transfer and retirement of a ccTLD. Until such time a policy this has been developed and is implemented, such a mechanism remains unavailable, whilst comparable decisions or similar decisions affecting gTLDs are subject to review and redress.

Following the initial discussions of Council, input and feed-back was sought from the community at the Marrakesh and Helsinki meetings. The community present was of the view that the initial focus needs to be on developing a Review Mechanism, which is considered the highest priority, in particular in light of the IANA Stewardship transition. Only then the focus should on retirement, and, if needed, revisit the Review Mechanism to include decisions relating to the retirement of ccTLDs.

  1. In accordance with Annex B section 3and 4 of the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO Council decides that:
    1. Based on a review of the issues, considering that the Threshold Criteria are met, and taking into account General Counsel's opinion, the Issues Manager recommendation to initiate one (1) ccNSO Policy Development Process to develop policies for a Review Mechanism and on the retirement of ccTLDs.
    2. The initial focus needs to be on developing a policy for Retirement of ccTLDs, and only after the substantive work has been concluded the focus should be on developing a recommendations pertaining to the Review Mechanism pertaining to decisions on delegation, transfer, revocation and retirement of ccTLDs.
    3. To appoint two working groups each with its own charter, working method and schedule.
  2. The secretariat is requested to send out a call for volunteers for the first WG, and invite other stakeholders listed in the relevant charter, to participate in the WG in the manner most suited to them.
  3. As required under Annex B, the Chair of the ccNSO is requested to formally inform the Chair of the GAC and ask the GAC to advise or provide an opinion.
  4. The chair of the ccNSO is requested to recommend the ICANN Board of Directors to defer any decisions pertaining to the retirement of a ccTLD until such a time the policy for the retirement of the ccTLD has been developed following this ccNSO PDP 3 and adopted and implemented by ICANN.
  5. The secretariat is requested is publish this resolution as soon as possible and upon publication it becomes effective.
15 March 2017 Working group interest – GAC Underserved regions WG

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THE CCNSO COUNCIL expresses its interest to assist and participate the GAC Underserved regions WG to prepare a FAQ and high level informational document to explain procedures around delegation, transfer and revocation of ccTLDs.

Once details are better understood the secretariat is requested to send out an appropriate call for volunteers.

9 February 2017 Decision to support limited scope ATRT 3 review

Intermeeting decision

The ccNSO Council the suggestion to limit the scope of the ATRT3 review.

9 February 2017 Selection of ccNSO liaison to ALAC

Intermeeting decision

The ccNSO Council designated Wafa Dahmani, as its liaison to the At Large Advisory Committee, replacing Ron Sherwood.

9 February 2017 Guideline adoption: ccNSO Council Practices

126-01

THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED TO adopt the ccNSO Guideline: ccNSO Council Practices as proposed by the ccNSO Guideline Review Committee (GRC WG)

The ccNSO Secretariat is requested to publish the Guideline as soon as possible on the ccNSO Website and inform the community accordingly. The adopted Guideline will be effective 7 days after publication of the Guideline on the ccNSO Website.

12 January 2017 Appointment – Ethos Awards Committee

125-01

THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED TO appoint Margarita Valdes Cortes and Nigel Roberts as ccNSO members on the FY 17 ICANN Ethos Awards Committee

12 January 2017 Call for volunteers – ccNSO liaison to GNSO

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THE CCNSO COUNCIL RESOLVED TO request ccNSO secretariat to send out a call for a volunteer to fill the role as ccNSO appointed liaison to the GNSO. The secretariat is also requested to inform the GNSO Council accordingly. Finally, the ccNSO thanks Patrick Myles wholeheartedly for all his hard work and efforts and thanks to CENTR for allowing and supporting Patrick in his role.

12 January 2017 Adoption final report: EPSRP

125-03

  1. The ccNSO Council adopts the Final report of the ccNSO Extended Process Similarity Review Panel Working Group and the recommendations contained in that report.
  2. The chair of the ccNSO is requested to inform the chair of the ICANN Board of Directors accordingly, and further note that by submission of the requested guidance and refinement it has completed its work and considers the 3rd review of the Fast Track Process completed. Thirdly the Board should be requested to discuss and decide on the overall IDN ccTLD policy recommendations as submitted to the Board in September 2013, as foreseen in Annex B section 15 of the ICAN Bylaws to replace the Fast Track Process.
  3. The Members, observers and other participants of the WG EPSRP are thanked wholeheartedly for their hard work, and the working group is closed. The secretariat is requested to inform the WG accordingly and publish this resolution as soon as possible.