[ALAC] Fwd: RE: [council] Regarding Ethics and conflicts of interest

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Oct 6 01:38:46 UTC 2011

This may be of interest to you. Alan

>Subject: RE: [council] Regarding Ethics and conflicts of interest
>Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 11:26:07 +1000
>From: Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au>
>To: GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org>
>Hello All,
>The minutes from the Board Governance Committee meeting of 15 September
>are now public.
>See: http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/minutes-bgc-15sep11-en.htm
>The relevant resolution relating to Ethics and Conflicts of interest is:
>"Ethics and Conflicts of Interest - The Committee held a long and
>detailed discussion about the nature of conflicts of interest, including
>the requirements relating to disclosure of existing, future or potential
>future conflicts of interest, as well as abstention from voting in
>particular circumstances.  The Committee also discussed in detail how
>ethics guidelines compliment a Conflicts of Interest Policy, and the
>need for ICANN to establish a formal Ethics regime.  The BGC approved a
>motion leading to the following actions:
>*  The CEO and the General Counsel are to review and propose revisions
>to the Conflicts of Interest Policy to clarify issues, including
>disclosure and abstention requirements, surrounding future interests or
>potential future interests.
>* The CEO and the General Counsel are to engage an external firm with
>expertise in advising on ethical issues, to advise and help develop an
>ICANN Ethics Regime or set of Guidelines for the Board, the staff and
>the community.
>* A work party of Cherine Chalaby, Bill Graham and Ray Plzak as current
>members of the BGC to review and guide staff efforts to revise the
>Conflicts of Interest Policy and development of the Ethics Regime or set
>of Guidelines.
>* Staff to provide BGC with progress report, and BGC to further discuss
>process and timeline in Dakar."
>Note also that the BGC has asked the staff to schedule a 90 minute
>public session in Dakar to provide the community with a briefing on the
>current conflicts policy and possible changes, and to seek community
>input.  I will provide further details once the details are public.
>Bruce Tonkin

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