Urgent Action Needed to Increase Civil Society Participation
Date: Thursday March 19 2009, @11:45AM
Topic: ICANN Staff and Structure

Robin Gross writes "Call for Action: We need your comments to Support Civil Society Participation in ICANN!

ICANN is in the midst of a significant reform of its policy-making body, the Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO).

Following the recommendations provided by the London School of Economics, the ICANN Board is set to increase the participation of civil society, and approve a charter for a new, more influential Noncommercial Stakeholders Group. ICANN’s Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) has recently submitted a Charter Proposal for the new Noncommercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG). Links to the Charter Proposal, an Executive Summary and Organization Chart are at the end of this message.

How can you help support civil society participation in ICANN policy making?

ICANN is soliciting comments on the NCSG Charter Proposal. Comments are due by April 15, 2009 and can be submitted to: sg-petitions-charters@icann.org. Below are some reasons you can include in your comments.

Subject: Approve the NCSG Charter Proposal submitted by NCUC

Dear ICANN Board:

Please support the NCSG Charter Proposal submitted by the Noncommercial User Constituency (NCUC).

Why should the ICANN Board support the proposal?

Most importantly, the proposal integrates all policy deliberation and voting of the NCSG into a unified structure. By doing so, the proposed structure:

• Ensures that whoever represents noncommercial stakeholders on the GNSO Council has support across all constituencies.
• Supports the formation of consensus positions on policy taken by the NCSG, not allowing individual constituencies to control specific GNSO Council seats and votes.
• Enhances representation by lowering barriers to participation and the formation of constituencies, allowing a far more diverse set of interests and coalitions to easily form.


Show your support for civil society in ICANN policy making, submit your comments today!

Thank you,

Robin Gross, Chair
Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC)

Executive Summary of NCSG Charter Proposal: http://gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/executive-su mmary-ncsg-proposal.pdf

NCSG Petition-Charter:
http://gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/ncsg-petitio n-charter.pdf

NCSG Organization Chart:
http://gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/ncsg-organiz ation-chart.pdf"

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