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IOC-XXVI

26th Session of the IOC Assembly

22 June - 5 July 2011, Paris, France


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1.
OPENING
1 The Chair, Lic. Javier Valladares, will open the Twenty-sixth Session of the IOC Assembly at 09:30 on Wednesday 22 June 2011 in Room II at UNESCO Headquarters. The Chair will inform the session that the Assembly will be suspended after completion of agenda item 4.1, at the beginning of the afternoon session, in order to hold the closing ceremony of the IOC 50th Anniversary in the presence of the UNESCO Director-General. The Chair will ask participants to stand for a minute of silence to honour the Pacific tsunami victims and the oceanographic Community in Northern Japan, and distinguished individuals who participated in the work of the Commission and passed away during the past year: Anatoly Lazarevich Kolodkin (Russian Federation, 1928–2011), Alfredo Picasso de Oyagüe (Peru, 1927–2010), Dan Wright (Canada, 1952–2010). The List of Participants attending the present session is in Annex (tbd) to the present report.
 
2.
ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION
 
2.1
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
3 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item. The second revised Provisional Agenda will take into account proposals, if any, emanating from the Executive Council at its Forty-fourth Session (Paris, 21 June 2011). According to Rule of Procedure 19(2), the Executive Council will act as the Steering Committee for the Twenty-sixth Session of the Assembly and will consider any request for supplementary items received by 22 April 2011. The Assembly will be invited to adopt the Revised Provisional Agenda as amended at the present session.
 
2.2
DESIGNATION OF THE RAPPORTEUR
The Assembly will be invited to designate a Rapporteur to assist in the preparation of the Draft Summary Report.
 
2.3
ESTABLISHMENT OF INTRASESSIONAL COMMITTEES
5 The Chair will inform the Assembly that the Resolutions committee will examine DRs following the Fourth Draft Revised Guidelines for the Preparation and Consideration of Draft resolutions that will be presented to this Assembly for adoption (Doc. IOC-XXVI/2 annex 11, item 9.3). He will further clarify that, according to these guidelines, and in order to ensure timely and efficient consideration of DRs during the session, he will indicate at the closing of each agenda item whether a DR will be submitted, and which Member State(s) will take the lead in drafting it. In general it is expected that Member States take the lead in drafting DRs and that they be in contact with the Chair of the Resolutions Committee as early as possible in the drafting process. The Assembly will be invited to constitute the following statutory sessional committees and will remind the participating Member States of the open character thereof:
 
2.4
INTRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTATION AND TIMETABLE
6 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item. She will review briefly the list of Working Documents and will remind the Assembly that the report will be concise and focused on decisions. Member States that wish to have specific, particularly important, plenary interventions recorded, will be invited to provide written records thereof in one of the four working languages of the Commission, to be annexed to the report, in their original language as an informational document only. A template and a dedicated e-mail address (ioc26@unesco.org) have been set up to this end.
 
2.5
A. BRUUN AND N.K. PANIKKAR MEMORIAL LECTURES
9 The Chair will introduce this item.
 
3.
STATUTORY REPORTS
 
3.1
STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN ON THE STATE OF IOC
12 In accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(a), the Chair will deliver an oral statement on recent developments in the work of the Commission and perspectives for the coming years.
 
3.2
REPORT BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ON PROGRAMME AND BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION (2010–2011) AND INTRODUCTION TO THE DRAFT PROGRAMME AND BUDGET FOR 2012–2013
13 In accordance with rule of procedure 30, the Executive Secretary will report on the implementation of the Commission’s Biennial Strategy and Programme and Budget for 2010–2011. She will also introduce, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(c), the Draft Programme and Budget for 2012–2013 (IOC-XXVI/2 Annex 3). The Assembly will be invited to adopt the IOC Programme and Budget for 2012–2013.
 
3.3
REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITIES: AFRICA, GENDER EQUITY, LDC AND SIDS
17 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item, included on the agenda in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g), to inform the Assembly on the progress achieved in the implementation of the UNESCO global priorities.
 
3.4
REPORT OF THE IOC (2009–2011) TO THE THIRTY-SIXTH GENERAL CONFERENCE OF UNESCO
22 The Executive Secretary will introduce this agenda item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g). According to Art. 3.2 of the Statutes and rule of procedure 49.2, the IOC prepares regular reports on its activities, which shall be submitted to the General Conference of UNESCO. The IOC’s report to the Thirty-sixth General Conference of UNESCO (Paris, 25 October–11 November 2011) will cover the period since the Thirty-fifth General Conference (Paris, 6–23 October 2009) and will focus on the main achievements in the implementation of the UNESCO Medium-term Strategy 2008–2013 (34 C/4) with respect to Strategic Programme Objective 3, leveraging scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources, and Strategic Programme Objective 5, contributing to disaster preparedness and mitigation. The Assembly will be invited to consider, and amend if necessary, the proposed draft report in preparation for its finalization and presentation to the Thirty-sixth General Conference of UNESCO. The Assembly will be invited to request the Executive Secretary submit the Report on IOC activities (2009–2011) to the Thirty-sixth General Conference of UNESCO (Paris, 25 October–11 November 2011) with the reference 35 C/REP.(tbd).
 
4.
GOVERNANCE: IOC GOVERNING BODIES AND PARTICIPATION IN UN CONSULTATIONS AND COORDINATION
 
4.1
REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTION PLAN FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF IOC
24 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g). She will report on the progress achieved in implementing the Action Plan for the 50th Anniversary adopted by the Forty-first session of the Executive Council based on the Anniversary objectives approved by the Assembly at its Twenty-fourth Session. She will identify the lessons learned, and propose follow-up actions for the consideration of the Assembly. The Assembly will be invited to evaluate the success of the 50th Anniversary celebrations and perspectives on the near future of the Commission, noting that the Chair of IOC will report on these topics to the General Conference of UNESCO. Following this item, the Assembly will be suspended in order to hold the closing ceremony of the IOC Fiftieth anniversary in the presence of the UNESCO Director-General.
 
4.2
REPORT OF THE OPEN-ENDED INTERSESSIONAL WORKING GROUP ON IOC REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY BODIES
25 The Vice-Chair dealing with Regional Subsidiary Bodies, Mr Julián Reyna Moreno, will introduce this item. An Intersessional Working Group was established by the Assembly at its Twenty-sixth Session (Resolution XXV-2) to conduct an objective and comprehensive assessment of IOC's regional activities and prepare a report for consideration by the Assembly at this Session.
 
4.3
REPORT OF THE ELEVENTH SESSION OF THE IOC SUB-COMMISSION FOR THE CARIBBEAN AND ADJACENT REGIONS (IOCARIBE-XI)
29 The Chair of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE), Mr Guillermo García Montero, will introduce this item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). Mr García will review developments in IOCARIBE focal programmes for 2009–2011: the Global Ocean Observing System (IOCARIBE-GOOS); Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM); the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME); the Caribbean Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS); Harmful Algal Blooms in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (HAB-ANCA); the International Bathymetric Chart of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico (IBCCA); International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and related Ocean Data and Information Network for the IOCARIBE and South America Regions (ODINCARSA); the Caribbean Marine Atlas and Capacity-building. The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(4.3) as amended at the present session.
 
4.4
REPORT OF THE EIGHTH SESSION OF THE IOC REGIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN (IOCWIO-VIII)
32 The Chair of the IOC Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO), Mr Muhamudally Beebeejaun, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j), will present the major outcomes of the Eighth Session of the Regional Committee (Mauritius, 25–27 May 2011).
 
4.5
PROPOSAL FOR A NEW IOC GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE IN AFRICA
36 The Chairs of IOCEA and IOCWIO Regional Committees, Mr Jean Folack and Mr Muhamudally Beebeejaun will introduce this item. At its Forty-third Session, the Executive Council, through Resolution EC-XLIII.8, requested the IOCEA and IOCWIO Chairs, with the assistance of the secretariat, to prepare a proposal on the establishment of an IOC Sub-Commission for Africa, building on IOCEA and IOCWIO, and in accordance with the Guidelines for the structure and responsibilities of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission, and for the establishment of decentralized offices (IOC/INF-1193), and to present it, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f), to the consideration of the present Assembly. The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(4.5) on the establishment of an IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States, as amended at the present session.
 
4.6
PARTICIPATION IN UN CONSULTATIONS AND COORDINATION: REGULAR PROCESS FOR GLOBAL REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT OF THE STATE OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASPECTS
41 Mr Alan Simcock, coordinator of the UNGA Group of Experts on the Regular Process, will provide an overview on the latest developments related to the Regular Process. The Executive Council, at its Forty-third Session, requested that the IOC Executive Secretary develop a detailed analysis of IOC’s current capacity to continue to contribute to the Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, for presentation to the present Assembly, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f).
 
4.7
REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF IOC
45 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item. At its Forty-third Session, the Executive Council requested that the Executive Secretary prepare a report on the actions undertaken to implement the recommendations made by the Working Group on the Future of IOC and present it, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f), to the IOC Assembly at the present Session, with a view to finalizing the implementation of Resolution EC-XLI.1. The Assembly will be invited to consider the report of the Executive Secretary on the implementation of the recommendations of the Working Group on the Future of IOC and provide, if needed, guidance for any further follow-up.
 
4.8
IOC AND THE LAW OF THE SEA
49 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g). She will inform Member States on the latest developments on the Law of the Sea and the IOC participation in the activities undertaken by the UN General Assembly on Oceans and the Law of the Sea including UN-Oceans and the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. She will also update the Assembly on the references to IOC in the latest UN General Assembly Resolutions on “Oceans and Law of the Sea” A/RES/64/71 and A/RES/65/37. The Executive Secretary will then report on IOC cooperation with other UNESCO sectors and programmes on matters related to Law of the Sea as well as internal IOC activities related to Law of the Sea, such as the website update and the update of the UNESCO/IOC List of Experts on Marine Scientific Research for use in Special Arbitration under Annex VIII of UNCLOS (ref. IOC Circular Letter, 2368). Finally, the Executive Secretary will inform the Assembly of budgetary constraints that have made it difficult to carry out pending tasks requested by the Governing Bodies such as the promotion of the Roster of Experts (Resolution XXIV-12) and the Questionnaire on the practices of Member States on Marine Scientific Research and Transfer of Marine Technology (Resolution EC-XLIII.4).
 
4.9
CONTRIBUTION OF IOC TO THE RIO +20 PROCESS
52 The IOC Technical Secretary in charge of preparations for Rio+20, Mr Julian Barbière, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g), will introduce this item. On 24 December 2009, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/64/236 agreeing to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) also referred to as Rio+20, in June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Conference has three objectives: securing renewed political commitment to sustainable development; assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments; and addressing new and emerging challenges. The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(4.9) as amended at the present session.
 
5.
PREVENTION AND REDUCTION OF THE IMPACTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS [HLO 1]
 
5.1
WARNING AND MITIGATION SYSTEMS FOR OCEAN HAZARDS
56 The Chair of the Working Group on Tsunamis and Other Ocean Hazards Related to Sea Level Warning and Mitigation Systems (TOWS-WG), Dr Sang-Kyung Byun will introduce this item. He will briefly report on the Fourth Meeting of the TOWS-WG (UNESCO, Paris, 21–22 March 2011), in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). The presentation will focus on: (i) results delivered by the three Inter-ICG Task Teams established by IOC Resolution XXV-13, on Sea Level for Tsunami Purposes, Disaster Management and Preparedness, and Tsunami Watch Operations; (ii) the DBCP technical document 41 provided by the International Tsunameter Partnership and the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) on Ocean Data Buoy Vandalism; and (iii) the Compendium of Definitions and Terminology on Hazards, Disasters, Vulnerability and Risks in a Coastal Context (IOC/2011/TS/91). The Assembly will be invited to note the TOWS-WG Summary Report (IOC/TOWS-WG-IV/3). The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(5.1) as amended at the present session.
 
5.2
REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEMS
57 The Chair of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS), Dr Lorna Inniss, will briefly introduce the results of the Sixth Session of the ICG/CARIBE EWS (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 26–29 April 2011) in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). The presentation will focus on lessons learned during the Exercise CARIBE WAVE 11 (IOC Technical Series. 93 – IOC/2011/TS/93).
 
6.
MITIGATION OF AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND VARIABILITY [HLO 2]
 
6.1
REPORT OF THE TENTH SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE GLOBAL OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM (I-GOOS)
65 Ms ShaoHua Lin, Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee for GOOS (I-GOOS), will introduce this item in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). Her presentation will focus on two issues: (i) strengthening and streamlining GOOS governance; and (ii) the GOOS programme of work for 2012–2013. The presentation will review GOOS activities carried out during the intersessional period and highlight the outcomes of the Tenth Session of I-GOOS (Paris, 20 June 2011). The Assembly will be invited to adopt the anticipated Draft Resolutions XXVI-(6.1a) and XXVI-(6.1b) as amended at the present session.
 
6.2
JOINT TECHNICAL COMMISSION FOR OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE METEOROLOGY (WMO-IOC) AND COOPERATION WITH WMO
72 Dr Alexander Frolov, Co-president of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) will introduce this item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). His presentation will review the activities of JCOMM carried out during the intersessional period in implementing the decisions and recommendations taken at its Third Session (Marrakesh, Morocco, 4–11 November 2009). The Assembly will be invited to:
 
6.3
WMO-IOC-ICSU WORLD CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAMME (WCRP): REPORT AND REVIEW
82 The Director of the World Climate Research Programme, Dr Ghassem Asrar, will introduce this item, which was included, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(d) by decision of the IOC Assembly at its Twenty-fifth Session (UNESCO, Paris, 16–25 June 2009, Item 4.4.1.1). The Assembly will be invited to provide specific guidance on the work programme of the WCRP, taking into account IOC High Level Objectives and Member State needs and interests.
 
6.4
PREPARATION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL POLAR DECADE
 
7.
SAFEGUARDING THE HEALTH OF OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS [HLO 3]
 
7.1
PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IOC OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA EXCHANGE POLICY AND POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS
86 The IODE Co-Chair, Mr Ariel Troisi will introduce this item. The IOC Oceanographic Data Exchange Policy was adopted by Resolution XXII-6 (2003). The Executive Council at its Forty-third Session (EC–XLIII.6), in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f), requested a report on the implementation of IODE and CTBTO data exchange policies specifically with regard to the adequacy of the exchange of tsunami-related data types.
 
7.2
REPORT ON THE TWENTY-FIRST SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA EXCHANGE PROGRAMME (IODE-XXI)
89 The IODE Co-Chair, Mr Ariel Troisi will introduce this item, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j). The twenty-first Session of the IODE Committee was held in Liège, Belgium from 23 to 26 March 2011. It was preceded by the IODE 50th Anniversary International Conference (Liège, Belgium, 21–22 March 2011) (see http://www.iode.org/iode50). The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(7.2-7.3) on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, as amended at the present session.
 
7.3
OCEAN BIOGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (OBIS)
91 The IODE Co-Chair, Mr Ariel Troisi will introduce this item at the request of the Executive Secretary, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g). The IOC Assembly, through Resolution XXV-4, decided to accept OBIS within the IODE programme and to start its integration on a schedule that ensures a smooth transition of OBIS into IOC as its responsibilities and funding under the CoML come to an end. Resolution XXV-4 further identified eight tasks to be implemented by the IOC Executive Secretary. The Assembly will be informed on the status of implementation of the Resolution. See Draft Resolution XXVI.(7.2-7.3).
 
7.4
STATUS REPORT ON IOC ACTIVITIES IN RELATION TO OCEAN FERTILIZATION
93 IOC Programme Specialist, Mr H. Enevoldsen, will introduce this item. The IOC Executive Council at its Forty-third Session, Paris, 8–16 June 2010, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f) requested that the Executive Secretary report on ocean-fertilization-related activities at the present IOC Assembly.
 
7.5
PROGRESS REPORT OF THE NUTRIENT EXPORT FROM WATERSHEDS – USER SCENARIO EVALUATION (NEWS2USE)
98 Dr Lex Bouwman, of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, will introduce this item. Resolution XXV-9 decided, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(d), to review progress with NEWS2USE at the present Session of the IOC Assembly with a view to deciding on the continued development of the programme and on the revision of the Terms of Reference, if necessary. 100 The Assembly will be invited to: (i) consider the revised work plan; and (ii) identify and advise on funding mechanisms for the effective implementation of the required activity.
 
7.6
REPORT OF THE TENTH SESSION OF THE IOC INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS (IPHAB-IX) – HAB AND GEOHAB PROGRAMME
101 The newly elected Chair of the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB), in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(j) will introduce this item and present the report, work plan, resolutions and recommendations of the Tenth Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (UNESCO, Paris, 12–14 April 2011). The Assembly will be invited to adopt Draft Resolution XXVI-(7.6) as amended at the present session.
 
8.
MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES AND POLICIES LEADING TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF COASTAL & OCEAN ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES [HLO 4]
 
8.1
PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OCEAN SCIENCES SECTION WORK PLAN
105 The Head of the Ocean Sciences Section of IOC, Dr Luis Valdés, will introduce this item. The Assembly at its Twenty-fifth Session requested, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(d) that the Executive Secretary report on the progress and achievements against the Ocean Sciences Section work plan (IOC/INF-1259) to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Assembly. He will inform the Assembly on: (i) the implementation and progress achieved; (ii) a review of the on-going activities and those that were already completed; and (iii) the delays and difficulties in the implementation of some specific activities. 109 The Assembly will be invited to: (i) take note of the progress in the implementation of the OSS work-plan; (ii) make suggestions for its adjustment and; (iii) commit sufficient resources to the IOC Ocean Sciences Section through regular budget allocation, extrabudgetary contributions and staff secondments, to fully implement the IOC/UNESCO Medium-term Strategy and achieve the IOC High-level Objectives.
 
8.2
INTEGRATED COASTAL AREA MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (ICAM)
110 The ICAM Technical Secretary, Mr Julian Barbière, will present an overview of the ICAM programme and its achievements and challenges over the last decade. He will also present a suggested future strategy prepared by the secretariat, focusing on better responding to the needs of Member States (Doc. IOC-XXVI/2 Annex 8). This item was placed on the agenda by the Executive Secretary, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g) in light of the fact that Assembly Resolution XIX-5, which created the ICAM programme, did not foresee a specific mechanism for the Programme to report to, or obtain guidance from, Member States. The Assembly will be invited to adopt the Strategy for the IOC/ICAM Programme (IOC-XXVI/2 Annex 8) as amended at the present session.
 
8.3
WORLD ASSOCIATION OF MARINE STATIONS (WAMS)
114 The Chair of the World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS), Dr Michael Thorndyke, will introduce this item. The item was added to the agenda by the Executive Secretary, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g) in light of the relevance of WAMS to IOC programmes. Two topics are expected to be addressed: (i) the need for and objectives of the WAMS; and (ii) the organizational framework for the development of WAMS. The Assembly will be invited to adopt the work plan for implementing joint IOC activities with WAMS contained in the Report on progress of the WAMS (IOC-XXVI/2 Annex 12), as amended at the present session.
 
8.4
REPORT ON ICSU VISIONING PROCESS ON SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
121 The Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Dr Deliang Chen, will introduce this item, which was introduced on the agenda by the Executive Secretary, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(g) in light of the importance of this visioning process, which will undoubtedly affect IOC programmes as well as marine sciences and research more broadly. Two topics are expected to be addressed: (i) the Grand Challenges for Earth System Research for Global Sustainability; and (ii) the need for a new international organizational framework for the development of Earth System Research. 124 The Assembly will be invited to: (i) take note of the ICSU, ISSC and Belmont Forum Visioning process development and plan for a new 10-year Initiative on Earth System Research for Global Sustainability, (ii) analyze potential implications for GEC programmes with particular emphasis on the IOC co-sponsored programme, WCRP; and (iii) provide advice and guidance for the development of an IOC position on, or potential interaction with, the development of this initiative.
 
9.
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
 
9.1
REPORT BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE ON THE IOC DRAFT PROGRAMME AND BUDGET FOR 2012–2013 (DRAFT 36 C/5)
125 The Chair of the Financial Committee, Dr Savi Narayanan, will report to the Assembly on the Committee’s consideration of the IOC Draft Programme and Budget for the Biennium 2012–2013 (Draft 36 C/5) in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(c). The Assembly will be invited to consider the proposed programme and budget. The Assembly will be invited to adopt the IOC Programme and Budget for 2012–2013, as is or amended at the present session.
 
9.2
ELECTIONS OF THE OFFICERS OF THE COMMISSION AND MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
126 The Chair of the Nominations Committee will introduce this item. The Committee will work in conformity with the technical arrangements for the elections of Officers of the Commission and other members of the Executive Council, as laid down in Appendix I of the Rules of Procedure (IOC/INF-1166). The Chair of the Nominations Committee will present information relating to the existing and equitable geographical distribution of Member States on the Executive Council. At the time of preparation of the Action Paper, the IOC counts 139 Member States. Grenada, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niue have joined IOC since the Twenty-fifth Session of the Assembly. Following the adoption of Resolution XXV-15 concerning the expansion of the quota of seats of Group II, the allocation of seats for Groups I and II starting from the Forty-fifth IOC Executive Council will be as follows: (i) Group I – 10 seats; and (ii) Group II – 3 seats. The quota of seats for Groups III, IV and V is unchanged.
9.2.1
Election of the Chairperson of the Commission
9.2.2
Election of the Vice-Chairpersons of the Commission
9.2.3
Election of the Members of the Executive Council
 
9.3
REVISION OF THE EXISTING GUIDELINES DEALING WITH DRAFT RESOLUTIONS AND IDENTIFICATION OF OTHER POTENTIAL UPDATES OF THE IOC MANUAL
127 The Chair of the Resolutions Committee will introduce the first part of this item. The Executive Council, at its Thirty-ninth Session, decided on the need to improve the preparation and processing of Draft Resolutions. This decision was reaffirmed by the Assembly at its Twenty-fifth Session (IOC-XXV/3, para. 586-587). The Executive Council at its Forty-third Session (para. 209-214 and IOC/EC-XLIII/Decision, 10) requested that the Executive Secretary, in consultation with present and past Chairs of the Resolutions Committee, prepare a revised version of the Draft Guidelines, taking into account comments received at the 43rd Executive Council and present it, in accordance with rule of procedure 8.1(f), to the present Assembly. These revised Draft Guidelines are presented in document IOC-XXVI/2 Annex 10. The Assembly will be invited to: (i) adopt the Guidelines for the Preparation and Consideration of Draft Resolutions; and (ii) request the Executive Secretary to make available, as a comprehensive electronic compendium, an updated version of the IOC Manual and present it to the Assembly at its Twenty-seventh Session in 2013.
 
9.4
DATES AND PLACES OF THE 27TH ASSEMBLY AND THE 44TH AND 45TH SESSIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
129 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item by reminding the Assembly of the scheduled or anticipated dates of the WMO Executive Council, the UNCSD and the ICP meeting in June 2012. The Executive Council, at its Forty-fourth Session (21 June 2011), will have considered the dates and place of its Forty-fifth Session: tentatively scheduled from Tuesday 19 June 2012 through Wednesday 27 June 2012, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, for a total of seven working days, with the possibility of an extension until Friday 29 June 2012 in the light of other important international meetings that take place during the same period.
 
9.5
THEMES OF THE A. BRUUN AND N.K. PANIKKAR MEMORIAL LECTURES AT THE 27TH IOC ASSEMBLY
131 The Executive Secretary will introduce this item. The Chairs of the scientific, technical and regional IOC Primary Subsidiary Bodies and Member States will be called upon to submit proposals on the themes and lecturers to be presented to the Assembly at its Twenty-seventh Session. The Executive Secretary will remind the Assembly of past proposals that have not yet been addressed: the CARIACO Project, on 'Carbon Retention in a Coloured Ocean', which has been carried out along the Caribbean coast of Venezuela for more than 20 years; and “Sustainable Development of the Oceans: Institutions and Governance” proposed by Portugal.
 
10.
ADOPTION OF THE SUMMARY REPORT AND RESOLUTIONS
132 The Chair of the Resolutions Committee will report on the Committee's work at the present Assembly.
 
10.1
RESOLUTIONS
 
10.2
SUMMARY REPORT
 
11.
CLOSURE
134 The Chair of the Commission is expected to close the Twenty-sixth Session of the Assembly at 17:30 on Tuesday 5 July 2011.

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