Call for volunteers: ccNSO Strategic and Operational Planning Standing Committee (SOPC)

18 January 2018

The ccNSO seeks additional volunteers for the ccNSO Strategic and Operational Planning Standing Committee (SOPC), formerly known as the SOP Working Group. The SOP is a key working group for the ccNSO, which has gained an important role by its regular input provided to ICANN's Strategic and Operational plans. The SOP WG is just about to kick off its work to provide input to FY19 Annual Budget and operational Plan & Update of the Five-year Operational Plan 2016-2020.

If you are interested in joining the SOPC, kindly send an e-mail to

Closing date of this call for volunteers is Friday, 2 February 2018, 23:59 UTC.

Who can join?

Membership of the Committee is open to all ccTLD managers (whether members or non-members of the ccNSO).

Workload & working method

The Group has estimated that every member needs to be able to invest at least six days on a yearly basis towards the work of the group. The workload is not spread evenly, but is concentrated around the periods when ICANN launches consultations on its Operating Plan, Budget and Strategy Plan.

The group meets through telephone conferences and face-to-face meetings during the ICANN meetings. However, most work is done between the telephone conferences and meetings.

About the SOPC

The aim of the Committee is to coordinate, facilitate, and increase the participation of ccTLD managers in ICANN and PTI's strategic and operational planning processes and related budgetary processes. The ccNSO Council and individual ccTLD managers, collectively or individually, will be invited to support the position or input of the Committee. The Committee may submit a relevant Rejection Action Petition against the ICANN and IANA budgets, as well as their Strategic and operating Plans as defined in the ICANN Bylaws, Annex D, section 2.1 (f), (g), (h) and (i) to the ccNSO as Decisional Participant.


Next Steps

The ccNSO Council will appoint the additional members to the SOPC as soon as possible. This announcement will also be published here: