Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 9.COM 14

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/14/9.COM/14,
  2. Recalling Article 9 of the Convention, Chapter III.2.2 of the Operational Directives and Decision 8.COM 5.c.2,
  3. Takes note of the ever-increasing agenda of the Committee and of the necessity to prioritize the workload of the Secretariat of the 2003 Convention to align it with available resources;
  4. Takes further note that NGOs can be accredited only by the General Assembly when it meets in even-numbered years;
  5. Decides that it shall henceforth examine requests for accreditation from NGOs at its ordinary sessions in odd-numbered years;
  6. Recommends that the General Assembly amend the Operational Directives to reflect this schedule of biennial examination;
  7. Invites the Secretariat to submit draft Operational Directives to that effect for its examination at its tenth session;
  8. Encourages non-governmental organizations that meet the criteria for accreditation to submit their requests for accreditation at the earliest opportunity;
  9. Takes note of the procedure and timetable put in place by the Secretariat with regard to paragraph 94 of the Operational Directives concerning the Committee’s review of the contribution and the commitment of accredited NGOs and invites the NGOs concerned to submit their reports in a timely manner.