RE: [gnso-osc-ops] Revised Chapter 4 and Section 3.8
- To: "'Ken Bour'" <ken.bour@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <gnso-osc-ops@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [gnso-osc-ops] Revised Chapter 4 and Section 3.8
- From: "Ron Andruff" <randruff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 16:00:01 -0400
Having read through the changes I don't see anything that I am uncomfortable
with and applaud the refinements made. One thought that does go through my
mind that I believe I read in one of Ray's recent postings about June 1st
being a cut-off date, is that we should try to accelerate that. My
reasoning is that giving any documentation to the OSC with such a short
run-up to Brussels - in light of DAG 4 coming out very near that time -
could cause an unnecessary bottleneck. Worse, if the OSC has any issues
with our docs, they could push them back for further work on our part,
thereby not allowing us to wrap up this work team by Brussels as has been
anticipated. Please correct me if I am wrong, but can we not close out all
the open issues on our next call (May 19th)?
Ronald N. Andruff
RNA Partners, Inc.
220 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10001
+ 1 212 481 2820 ext. 11
From: owner-gnso-osc-ops@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-osc-ops@xxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Ken Bour
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:28 PM
Subject: [gnso-osc-ops] Revised Chapter 4 and Section 3.8
As a result of yesterday's teleconference and helpful guidance provided by
team members present, I have developed revisions for both Chapter 4.0-Voting
and Section 3.8-Absenses and Vacancies.
I also attached a new version of Chapter 1.0 (extracted from the complete
GOP v1.3) to show you how I thought we might handle the definition of
"appointing organization" at the top of the document. I am not
recommending that the GCOT submit Chapter 1.0 as a work product to the OSC
(Staff can make this recommendation as part of its GOP continuity work);
however, I wanted the team to review my suggested method of handling
definitions. The structure I have proposed would allow any number of
additional definitions to be added as they are identified.
1) Section 3.8
* Removed the comment about "appointing organization" which is now
handled in Section 1.3.1 (see attached); otherwise, this section is clean
and, I believe, there are no additional issues for team resolution.
NOTE: I do recommend that Section 3.8 be forward to the OSC in a package
with Chapter 4.0 because of the cross-references between them.
2) Chapter 4.0
* Section 4.5.3-a: replaced the term "consensus" with:
"This remedy requires that the appointing organization establish an
affirmative or negative voting position, subject to provisions contained in
its Charter or Bylaws, on the applicable Council measure/motion."
* Section 4.5.3-b(i): similar replacement for the term "consensus"
* Section 4.5.3-c(iii): new language that the team has not
discussed, but I recommend be added. I included a comment to explain my
rationale for this change subject to GCOT approval.
* Section 4.5.4-b: after re-reading the first sentence, and in light
of previous GCOT discussions and decisions, I thought that it should be
reworded to emphasize the appointing organization's option to invoke a
remedy (at its discretion) vs. having any obligation to do so.
* Section 4.5.4-b (Bullet #6): replaced the term "consensus"
consistent with earlier changes
* Section 4.5.4-b (last paragraph): after re-reading and thinking
about the logistics, it seems as though it could be terribly disruptive to
allow a remedy (of any flavor) to be interjected AFTER a Council meeting has
already started. The original language would have permitted a remedy to
sneak in WHILE a vote was being tallied -- even during an absentee balloting
period! In respect of the Chair's and Secretariat's administrative
responsibilities, I would recommend that the procedures for any remedy be
completed BEFORE the start of the Council meeting in which it will be
exercised. In my opinion, this altered provision merely serves to place
additional burden on abstaining Councilors to notify their appointing
organizations as far in advance as possible to give everyone sufficient time
to complete the notifications/communications in an orderly fashion.
I stand ready to finalize these and any other changes that the GCOT
recommends. It would be ideal if the team could make progress on these
amendments in the intervening two weeks before the next meeting. That
could give us enough time to produce a CLEAN version of Chapter 4.0
(primarily Section 4.5) that could be reviewed and, hopefully, approved for
forwarding to the OSC on 19 May.
I will also begin working on the OSC Executive Summary which, I believe,
needs to be refreshed and updated for certain changes made as a result of
the OSC's feedback during Nairobi.