Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 4.COM 15A

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/09/4.COM/CONF.209/15 and its annexes;
  2. Recalling Article 18 of the Convention;
  3. Also recalling paragraphs 48 and 49 of the Operational Directives relating to the programmes, projects and activities best reflecting the principals and objectives of the Convention;
  4. Establishes a working group to examine the proposals for programmes, projects and activities mentioned in Article 18 of the Convention and adopts the terms of reference that are annexed to the present decision, in conformity with Article 21 of its Rules of Procedure;
  5. Decides that the working group shall be comprised as follows: Cyprus (Group I), Hungary (Group II), Cuba (Group III), Viet Nam (Group IV), Kenya, (Group V(a)) and Jordan (Group V(b)).


Terms of reference of the working group responsible for the initial examination of proposals for programmes, projects and activities (Article 18)

The working group


comprises a State member of each of the electoral groups;


elects its Chairperson and, if need be, its Rapporteur ;


holds private meetings, in conformity with Rule 19 of the Rules of Procedure;


in conformity with the paragraphs relating to the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention, is responsible for the examination of proposals for programmes, projects and activities submitted by the States Parties with a view to their possible selection by the Committee at its fourth session.;


includes in its examination an evaluation of the conformity of all proposals with the selection criteria, as foreseen in paragraph 52 of the Operational Directives, together with technical information provided by the Secretariat;


provides to the Committee an opinion of the merits of the proposals and a summary recommendation for selection or non-selection of each submitted proposal;


is established for the duration of the fourth session of the Committee and ceases to exist after having submitted its recommendations to the Committee.