[NCSG-PC] Fwd: Modifying consensus policies

Tomslin Samme-Nlar mesumbeslin at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 19:53:49 EEST 2021

Dear members,

This morning, ICANN Org sent the attached thought paper on Modifying
Consensus Policie. I haven't had a chance to study the document myself but
thought I should share it with the community for review as I believe Org
will be seeking feedback on this in due course.


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*From:* Theresa Swinehart <theresa.swinehart at icann.org>
*Sent:* Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:21 AM
*To:* FOUQUART Philippe INNOV/NET <philippe.fouquart at orange.com>
*Cc:* Karen Lentz <karen.lentz at icann.org>; Steve Chan <steve.chan at icann.org>;
David Olive <david.olive at icann.org>; Mary Wong <mary.wong at icann.org>
*Subject:* Modifying consensus policies

Dear Philippe,

I would like to share with you and the GNSO Council a discussion draft of
the attached paper, Modifying Consensus Policies. The ICANN organization
has developed this paper as a thought exercise to share with the community
for information and input on existing processes.  As mentioned in some of
our previous interactions, this piece has been developed within the org,
considering what procedures are in place for modifying consensus policies,
and where there may be gaps, ambiguities, or opportunities for additional

The Board has expressed interest in understanding these processes and
discussing possible mechanisms to address where there are identified and
agreed needs for greater clarity or elaboration.  As the GNSO’s processes
are interwoven with those of the Board and org in the consensus policy
lifecycle, the org is seeking input from GNSO stakeholders before taking
this paper to the Board.

To date for the org, this review of applicable procedures to modify
policies has been helpful in identifying gaps that might benefit from
further clarification or discussion, relating to how to modify an existing
policy in varying circumstances. Some possible gaps are further described
in section 3 of this paper, to provide an opportunity for community
discussions on identifying the source of gaps and confirming where they
exist.  In the spirit of sharing ideas and observations, we hope you also
find this useful, and the org looks forward to hearing from GNSO
stakeholders on these topics.

I appreciate that this comes at a busy time, and look forward to engaging
on this in due course.

And, wishing the best for a successful ICANN72 meeting.

Kind regards,



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