[lac-discuss-en] Fwd: Final Report Recommendations of the Geographic Regions Review Working Group
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Thu Dec 24 14:41:10 UTC 2015
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Final Report Recommendations of the Geographic Regions Review Working Group
23 December 2015
*Forum Announcement:* Public Comment Period opens on *Date:* 23 December
2015 *Categories/Tags:* Reviews/Improvements *Purpose (Brief):*
The cross-community Geographic Regions Review Working Group has produced
its Final Report in which it proposes a series of recommendations regarding
the ongoing application of the organization’s geographic regions framework.
The ICANN Board is interested in further community reaction to those
recommendations and has instructed the Staff to open and manage a public
comment period of at least 120 days to give the community an opportunity to
thoroughly review the proposals and provide any additional comments on the
working group recommendations.
The Working Group’s Final Report provides an extensive series of
conclusions, proposals and recommendations including:
1. The Working Group concludes that the general principle of geographic
diversity is valuable and should be preserved.
2. Application of the geographic diversity principles must be more
rigorous, clear and consistent.
3. Adjusting the number of ICANN geographic regions is not currently
4. No other International Regional Structures offer useful options for
5. ICANN must formally adopt and maintain its own unique Geographic
6. The Community wants to minimize any changes to the current structure.
7. ICANN must acknowledge the sovereignty and right of
self-determination of states to let them choose their region of allocation.
8. ICANN communities have flexibly applied geographic diversity
principles over the years. While the Board should remain strictly subject
to the current framework, flexibility should be preserved for other
9. “Special Interest Groups” or “Cross-Regional Sub-Groups” offer new
10. Implementation mechanisms and processes must be developed by Staff;
11. The Board must preserve its oversight and future review
The extensive comment period will give individuals and community groups an
opportunity to thoroughly review the proposals and provide any additional
comments on the working group recommendations.
*Public Comment Box Link:*
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