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1996: Agreement On The Conservation Of Cetaceans Of The Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea And Contiguous Atlantic Area

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Provisions coded as containing the code: FINAD
  Provision  First Coders Codes  Second Coders Codes 
Art.3  Article III  HOBS HOBF SECS SECF SBS FINAD REVW   
Art.3.1  1. The Meeting of the Parties shall be the decision-making body of this Agreement.     
Art.3.2  2. The Depositary shall convene, in consultation with the Secretariat of the Convention, a session of the Meeting of the Parties to this Agreement not later than one year after the date of its entry into force. Thereafter, the Agreement secretariat shall convene, in consultation with the Secretariat of the Convention, ordinary sessions of the Meeting of the Parties at intervals of not more than three years, unless the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise.  RELA   
Art.3.3  3. The Agreement secretariat shall convene an extraordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties on the written request of at least two thirds of the Parties.     
Art.3.4  4. The United Nations, its Specialized Agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency, any State not a Party to this Agreement, secretariats of other global and regional conventions or agreements concerned inter alia with the conservation of cetaceans, and regional or subregional fisheries management organizations with competence for species found temporarily or permanently resident in the Agreement area may be represented by observers in sessions of the Meeting of the Parties. Any other agency or body technically qualified in the conservation of cetaceans may be represented at sessions of the Meeting of the Parties by observers, unless at least one third of the Parties present object. Once admitted to a session of the Meeting of the Parties, an observer shall continue to be entitled to participate in future sessions unless one third of the Parties object at least thirty days before the start of the session.  RELA   
Art.3.5  5. Only Parties have the right to vote. Each Party shall have one vote. Regional economic integration organizations which are Parties to this Agreement shall exercise, in matters within their competence, their right to vote with a number of votes equal to the number of their member States which are Parties to the Agreement. A regional economic integration organization shall not exercise its right to vote if its member States exercise theirs and vice versa.     
Art.3.6  6. All decisions of the Meeting of the Parties shall be adopted by consensus except as otherwise provided in Article X of this Agreement. However, if consensus cannot be achieved in respect of matters covered by the annexes to the Agreement, a decision may be adopted by a two thirds majority of the Parties present and voting. In the event of a vote, any Party may, within one hundred and fifty days, notify the Depositary in writing of its intention not to apply the said decision.  ATTACH   
Art.3.7  7. At its first session, the Meeting of the Parties shall:     
Art.3.7.a  a) adopt its rules of procedure;     
Art.3.7.b  b) establish an Agreement secretariat to perform the secretariat functions listed in Article IV of this Agreement;     
Art.3.7.c  c) designate in each subregion, within an existing institution, a Co-ordination unit to facilitate implementation of the measures prescribed in Annex 2 to this Agreement;  ATTACH   
Art.3.7.d  d) elect a Bureau as provided for in Article VI;     
Art.3.7.e  e) establish a Scientific Committee, as provided for in Article VII; and     
Art.3.7.f  f) decide on the format and content of Party reports on the implementation of the Agreement, as provided for in Article VIII.     
Art.3.8  8. At each of its ordinary sessions, the Meeting of the Parties shall:     
Art.3.8.a  a) review scientific assessments of the conservation status of cetaceans of the Agreement area and the habitats which are important to their survival, as well as the factors which may affect them unfavourably;  SCIR   
Art.3.8.b  b) review the progress made and any difficulties encountered in the implementation of this Agreement on the basis of the reports of the Parties and of the Agreement secretariat;     
Art.3.8.c  c) make recommendations to the Parties as it deems necessary or appropriate and adopt specific actions to improve the effectiveness of this Agreement;     
Art.3.8.d  d) examine and decide upon any proposals to amend, as may be necessary, this Agreement;     
Art.3.8.e  e) adopt a budget for the next financial period and decide upon any matters relating to the financial arrangements for this Agreement;     
Art.3.8.f  f) review the arrangements for the Agreement secretariat, the Co-ordination units and the Scientific Committee;     
Art.3.8.g  g) adopt a report for communication to the Parties to this Agreement and to the Conference of the Parties of the Convention;  RELA   
Art.3.8.h  h) agree on the provisional time and venue of the next meeting; and     
Art.3.8.i  i) deal with any other matter relating to implementation of this Agreement.     
Art.4  Article IV  SECS SECF FINAD HOBF   
Art.4.1  1. Subject to the approval of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, an Agreement secretariat shall be established within the Secretariat of the Convention. If the Secretariat of the Convention is unable, at any time, to provide this function, the Meeting of the Parties shall make alternative arrangements.  RELA   
Art.4.2  2. The functions of the Agreement secretariat shall be:     
Art.4.2.a  a) to arrange and service the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties;     
Art.4.2.b  b) to liaise with and facilitate co-operation between Parties and non-Party Range States, and international and national bodies whose activities are directly or indirectly relevant to the conservation of cetaceans in the Agreement area;     
Art.4.2.c  c) to assist the Parties in the implementation of this Agreement, ensuring coherence between the subregions and with measures adopted pursuant to other international instruments in force;     
Art.4.2.d  d) to execute decisions addressed to it by the Meeting of the Parties;     
Art.4.2.e  e) to invite the attention of the Meeting of the Parties to any matter pertaining to this Agreement;     
Art.4.2.f  f) to provide to each ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties a report on the work of the Agreement secretariat, the Co-ordination units, the Bureau, and the Scientific Committee, and on the implementation of the Agreement based on information provided by the Parties and other sources;     
Art.4.2.g  g) to administer the budget for this Agreement;     
Art.4.2.h  h) to provide information to the general public concerning this Agreement and its objectives; and  INFO   
Art.4.2.i  i) to perform any other function entrusted to it under this Agreement or by the Meeting of the Parties.     
Art.4.3  3. The Agreement secretariat, in consultation with the Scientific Committee and the Co-ordination units, shall facilitate the preparation of guidelines covering inter alia:     
Art.4.3.a  a) the reduction or elimination, as far as possible and for the purposes of this Agreement, of adverse human-cetacean interactions;     
Art.4.3.b  b) habitat protection and natural resource management methods as they relate to cetaceans;     
Art.4.3.c  c) emergency measures; and     
Art.4.3.d  d) rescue methods.     
Art.6  Article VI  HOBF SBS SBF SECF FINAD   
Art.6.1  1. The Meeting of the Parties shall elect a Bureau consisting of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the Meeting of the Parties, and shall adopt rules of procedure for the Bureau, as proposed by the Agreement secretariat. The Chairperson of the Scientific Committee shall be invited to participate as an observer in the meetings of the Bureau. Whenever necessary, the Agreement secretariat shall provide secretariat services.     
Art.6.2  2. The Bureau shall:     
Art.6.2.a  a) provide general policy guidance and operational and financial direction to the Agreement secretariat and the Co-ordination units concerning the implementation and promotion of the Agreement;     
Art.6.2.b  b) carry out, between sessions of the Meeting of the Parties, such interim activities on its behalf as may be necessary or assigned to it by the Meeting of the Parties; and     
Art.6.2.c  c) represent the Parties vis-à-vis the Government(s) of the host country (or countries) of the Agreement secretariat and the Meeting of the Parties, the Depositary and other international organizations on matters relating to this Agreement and its secretariat.     
Art.6.3  3. At the request of its Chairperson, the Bureau shall normally meet once per annum at the invitation of the Agreement secretariat, which shall inform all Parties of the date, venue and agenda of such meetings.     
Art.6.4  4. The Bureau shall provide a report on its activities for each session of the Meeting of the Parties which will be circulated to all Parties in advance of the session by the Agreement secretariat.  INFO   
Art.7  Article VII  SBS SBF FINAD HOBF SECF   
Art.7.1  1. A Scientific Committee, comprising persons qualified as experts in cetacean conservation science, shall be established as an advisory body to the Meeting of the Parties. The Meeting of the Parties will entrust the functions of the Scientific Committee to an existing organization in the Agreement area that assures geographically-balanced representation.     
Art.7.2  2. Meetings of the Scientific Committee shall be convened by the Agreement secretariat at the request of the Meeting of the Parties.     
Art.7.3  3. The Scientific Committee shall:     
Art.7.3.a  a) provide advice to the Meeting of the Parties on scientific and technical matters having a bearing on the implementation of the Agreement, and to individual Parties between sessions, as appropriate, through the Co-ordination unit of the subregion concerned;  SCIR   
Art.7.3.b  b) advise on the guidelines as provided for in Article IV, paragraph 3, assess the reviews prepared in accordance with Annex 2 to this Agreement and formulate recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties relating to their development, contents and implementation;  ATTACH   
Art.7.3.c  c) conduct scientific assessments of the conservation status of cetacean populations;  SCIR   
Art.7.3.d  d) advise on the development and co-ordination of international research and monitoring programmes, and make recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties concerning further research to be carried out;  SCIR   
Art.7.3.e  e) facilitate the exchange of scientific information and of conservation techniques;  SCIR INFO   
Art.7.3.f  f) prepare for each session of the Meeting of the Parties a report of its activities which shall be submitted to the Agreement secretariat not less than one hundred and twenty days before the session of the Meeting of the Parties and circulated forthwith by the Agreement secretariat to all Parties;  INFO   
Art.7.3.g  g) render timely advice on the exceptions of which it has been informed pursuant to Article II, paragraph 2; and     
Art.7.3.h  h) carry out, as may be necessary, other tasks referred to it by the Meeting of the Parties.     
Art.7.4  4. The Scientific Committee, in consultation with the Bureau and the respective Co-ordination units, may establish working groups as may be necessary to deal with specific tasks. The Meeting of the Parties shall agree a fixed budget allocation for this purpose.     
Art.9  Article IX  FINAD HOBF FINPR SECF   
Art.9.1  1. The scale of contributions to the budget of this Agreement shall be determined by the Meeting of the Parties at its first session. No regional economic integration organization shall be required to contribute more than 2.5 per cent of the administrative costs.     
Art.9.2  2. Decisions relating to the budget and any changes to the scale of contributions that may be found necessary shall be adopted by the Meeting of the Parties by consensus.     
Art.9.3  3. The Meeting of the Parties may establish a supplementary conservation fund from voluntary contributions of Parties or from any other source in order to increase the funds available for monitoring, research, training and projects relating to the conservation of cetaceans.  SCIR   
Art.9.4  4. Parties are also encouraged to provide technical and financial support on a bilateral or multilateral basis to assist Range States which are developing countries or countries with economies in transition to implement the provisions of this Agreement.     
Art.9.5  5. The Agreement secretariat shall undertake periodically a review of potential mechanisms for providing additional resources, including funds and technical assistance, for the implementation of this Agreement, and shall report its findings to the Meeting of the Parties.     
Please cite as:
Data from Ronald B. Mitchell. 2002-2018. International Environmental Agreements Database Project (Version 2014.3).
Available at: http://iea-archive.uoregon.edu/
Date accessed: 18 December 2018