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Re: [board-09georegionswg] Meeting Report - Geo Regions Review Call (24 May 2012)

  • To: Robert Hoggarth <robert.hoggarth@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [board-09georegionswg] Meeting Report - Geo Regions Review Call (24 May 2012)
  • From: Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 14:11:17 -0500

Dear Colleagues:
My apologies for missing this meeting. I had confirmed my attendance but
was unfortunately called away early morning for a long drive across country
to a business meeting.

I have listened to the audio recording of the session and can confirm the
summary feedback from the At-Large constituency given my my colleague,
Cheryl Langdon-Orr.

To reiterate the view from the Caribbean, my sense of it is the current
geographic arrangements tend to marginalize Caribbean jurisdictions.  The
facts of the difference between English-speaking Caribbean and Latin
America is incontestable; legal framework and codes, political economy,
divergent history of political arrangements and organisation, even our
experience with colonialism.  The history of association is not encouraging.

There is a general confusion of the role the report intended to make of the
RIR structure.  I doubt if that will be easy to overcome but we will have
to redouble efforts to make plain its utility in this context.

The self-selection for association idea is generally endorsed.  What is
still in play is an effective mechanism to manage it and the rules that
shall apply.

There is recognition of value for Special Interest Groupings (SIGs), as in,
for example, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that would link
Caribbean Islands with South Pacific Island nations.  There are several
such initiatives to point to as examples.

Yes to a Prague set to.

- Carlton

Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*

On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM, Robert Hoggarth <robert.hoggarth@xxxxxxxxx
> wrote:

>  Dear Working Group Members;****
> ** **
> Thanks to Dave and Cheryl for attending the Working Group call earlier
> today.  Gisella has circulated a link to the recording  of the call (
> http://audio.icann.org/gnso/gnso-geo-regions-20120524-en.mp3) and you’ll
> hear that we made up for the limited attendance with a wide ranging
> discussion of the community’s input on the draft Final Report. A call
> transcript should also be posted soon.****
> ** **
> The critical take-away from the meeting was the recommendation to proceed
> with modifications to the Final Report.  Dave and Cheryl discussed the
> idea of producing a brief survey to collect the thoughts of the Working
> Group to see if you could all reach a consensus on the general direction of
> how much to revise the draft Final Report recommendations.  It would be
> great to get your perspectives on that idea.****
> ** **
> It was also agreed that we should try to schedule an informal Working
> Group gathering at the upcoming ICANN Public Meeting in Prague.****
> ** **
> Over the next couple of weeks, Dave and I will collaborate on some
> materials that address the survey concept and potential ideas for
> modifications to the Final Report document.  After the Prague Public
> Meeting schedule gets released, I will prepare a Doodle Scheduling Poll to
> help you all identify some prospective times for an informal face-to-face
> Working Group meeting.****
> ** **
> In the meantime, after you’ve had an opportunity to listen to the
> recording, please feel free to share any of your thoughts and impressions
> about the meeting discussion or community feedback on the list. Any input
> will be most welcomed.****
> ** **
> Best regards,****
> ** **
> Rob****

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