Rotterdam Convention •The Secretariat

Introduction

The COP and its subsidiary bodies are serviced by a secretariat, whose mandate is laid out in Article 19 of the Convention. The main functions of the secretariat are to make arrangements for the meetings of the COP and its subsidiary bodies and to provide them with the services they require, to facilitate assistance to Parties in implementing the Convention, to ensure the necessary coordination with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies, and to perform the other secretariat functions specified in the Convention and such other functions as may be determined by the COP.  The secretariat functions are to be performed jointly by the Executive Director of UNEP and the Director-General of FAO.

Mandate

The relevant provisions are found in Article 19 of the Convention:

Secretariat

1. A Secretariat is hereby established.

2. The functions of the Secretariat shall be:

(a) To make arrangements for meetings of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies and to provide them with services as required;

(b) To facilitate assistance to the Parties, particularly developing Parties and Parties with economies in transition, on request, in the implementation of this Convention;

(c) To ensure the necessary coordination with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies;

(d) To enter, under the overall guidance of the Conference of the Parties, into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions; and

(e) To perform the other secretariat functions specified in this Convention and such other functions as may be determined by the Conference of the Parties.

3. The secretariat functions for this Convention shall be performed jointly by the Executive Director of UNEP and the Director-General of FAO, subject to such arrangements as shall be agreed between them and approved by the Conference of the Parties.

4. The Conference of the Parties may decide, by a three-fourths majority of the Parties present and voting, to entrust the secretariat functions to one or more other competent international organizations, should it find that the Secretariat is not functioning as intended.