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Decision on the establishment of a CCW Implementation Support Unit


The CCW Implementation Support Unit was established by the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention (Geneva, 12 – 13 November 2009), as stipulated in its Final Report CCW/MSP/2009/5, paragraphs 34 to 37, as follows:

“34. Taking into account the importance of securing the continuity and stability of the support provided by the Secretariat to the CCW High Contracting Parties and observer States with regards to the effective and comprehensive implementation and universalization of the Convention and its annexed Protocols, including the exchange of information and cooperation among the High Contracting Parties, the Meeting decided that an “Implementation Support Unit” (ISU) shall be established, while noting that the increased work relating to the CCW and its Protocols could benefit from a strengthened UNODA, Geneva branch.

35. The ISU will consist of two full-time staff members within the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and will be funded by the States through the estimated costs of the CCW meetings. It will work under the authority of the annual Meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention.

36. The CCW ISU will operate in the most efficient way and will perform the following tasks:

(a) Provide administrative support to and prepare documentation for meetings agreed by the meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW, Amended Protocol II and Protocol V;

(b) Facilitate communications among High Contracting Parties and, upon request, with international organizations;

(c) Serve as a focal point for submission of information by and to the High Contracting Parties related to the Convention and its annexed Protocols; develop and maintain the CCW website and the CCW databases as directed by the annual Meetings of the High Contracting Parties;

(d) Support the High Contracting Parties, on request, in the implementation of the CCW and its Protocols and assist the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the discharge of his/her responsibilities pursuant to Article 11 (2) of Protocol V, Article 14 (4) of Amended Protocol II and the CCW Compliance mechanism;

(e) Contribute to the promotion of the universalization of the CCW and its annexed Protocols and support the High Contracting Parties in the implementation of the CCW Plan of Action for the Universalization of the CCW and its Protocols and the CCW Sponsorship Programme;

(f) Perform any other duty as mandated by the High Contracting Parties of the CCW or its Protocols.

37. The Head of the ISU will report to the annual Meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on the operation of the ISU. The Unit's performance will be evaluated by the annual Meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW. The number of staff employed and the functions of the ISU will be reviewed by the Fourth Review Conference.”