Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 12.COM 17

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/17/12.COM/17, the requests for accreditation, as well as the quadrennial reports submitted by organizations accredited by the General Assembly at its fourth session in 2012,
  2. Recalling Article 9 of the Convention, Chapter III.2.2 of the Operational Directives and Decision 9.COM 14,
  3. Further recalling Resolution 6.GA 8, Decision 8.COM 14.b as well as document ITH/13/8.COM/14.b,
  4. Considers that those 29 organizations listed in paragraph 4 of document ITH/17/12.COM/17 satisfy the criteria set out in the Operational Directives and recommends to the General Assembly that they be accredited to provide advisory services to the Committee;
  5. Further considers that those 42 organizations listed in paragraph 12 of document ITH/17/12.COM/17 satisfy the criteria set out in the Operational Directives and decides to maintain their accreditation to provide advisory services to the Committee;
  6. Also decides that the accreditation of those 17 organizations, listed in paragraphs 13 and 14 of document ITH/17/12.COM/17, is terminated given that their contribution and commitment to the work of the Committee are deemed insufficient with reference to paragraphs 94 and 95 of the Operational Directives or given that they have not submitted a quadrennial report allowing the Committee to appreciate their contribution and commitment to its work;
  7. Acknowledges the need to take stock of the current situation and challenges as regards the participation of NGOs to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee;
  8. Invites the Secretariat and the informal ad hoc working group to reflect, in consultation with accredited NGOs, on the possible ways in which the participation of NGOs under the 2003 Convention could be further enhanced and how this would be reflected in the accreditation and renewal mechanisms of NGOs, as well as to report the results of such reflection to the Committee for examination at its thirteenth session;
  9. Encourages non-governmental organizations from under-represented Electoral Groups that meet the criteria for accreditation to submit their requests for accreditation at the earliest opportunity so as to improve the geographical distribution of accredited NGOs and invites States Parties from those Electoral Groups to make this call widely known among NGOs operating within their territories.