[New-constituencies] Constituency Re-certification: What does it mean?

Danny Younger dannyyounger at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 4 09:04:58 EST 2009

GNSO Constituencies were requested to submit confirmation 
(re-certification) documents to the Board for review in advance of the 
3 February 2009 Board Meeting.  Five constituencies complied -- one, the ISPCP, is still asleep at the wheel. 

These documents are posted here:  http://gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/renewal-process-en.htm

Why is this stuff important?

According to the bylaws, each Constituency shall maintain its recognition, and thus its ability to select GNSO Council representatives, only so long as it (1) in fact represents the interests globally of the stakeholder communities it purports to represent, and (2) shall operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner and consistent with procedures designed to ensure fairness. 

The key issues therefore are "representativeness" and "transparency".

After it's review, the Board may find that the BC, for example, has no members in Latin America and Africa, and only a single member in all of Asia/Pacific and is thus not sufficiently "representative".  It might find that the registries maintain no public archive of email discussions and maintain no public transcripts/recordings of regular registry meetings (which doesn't accord well with the board's bylaws that call for transparency to the maximum extent feasible).

How the board acts in response to these re-certification documents will set the tone for new constituency behaviors.  

If it's OK to not publicly list your membership roster (like the ISPCP), or if its OK not to have a transparent publicly archived discussion list (like the IPC and others), or if it's OK to have Solidarity Clauses that impact Council votes (like the BC), then you too will have similar options as the new constituencies are created.

Sometime soon, Staff will open up a public comment period on the re-certification documents.  Watch for it.  The outcome will be important.


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