- 1 Suggestion 1: Strong new institutional structure
- 2 Suggestion 2: Expand mandate of ISA to serve as basis of institutional structure
- 3 Suggestion 3: Develop institutional structure based on Antarctic Treaty model and DOALOS
- 4 Suggestion 4: Establishing a secretariat
- 5 Suggestion 5: Functions of the secretariat
- 6 Also see
Suggestion 1: Strong new institutional structure
Establish a strong new institutional structure with substantive powers, including a Secretariat and Regional Advisory Councils/ Bodies of Coordination Units.
References: CBD Art 23, 24 25 (COP, Secretariat, SBSTA), CMS Art VII, VIII, IX (COP, Scientific Council, Secretariat), REGULATION (EU) No 1380/2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy art 43, 44 and 45 (Regional Advisory Councils)
Suggestion 2: Expand mandate of ISA to serve as basis of institutional structure
Expand mandate of the ISA and its constituent bodies so that:
- the ISA Secretariat serves as Secretariat for this agreement.
This would normally imply the amendment of the UNCLOS under article 312.
Suggestion 3: Develop institutional structure based on Antarctic Treaty model and DOALOS
The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) could serve as Secretariat of the Agreement.
Suggestion 4: Establishing a secretariat
Suggestions for the secretariat :
- A permanent secretariat.
- Providing secretariat services by an existing international body, such as secretariat the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS/OLA) services.
Notes: Providing such a secretariat need to be provided in a cost-effective manner. The secretariat and the depositary may not necessarily be the same.
Suggestion 5: Functions of the secretariat
The functions of the secretariat could be modelled on article 319 (2) of UNCLOS and article 15 of General Assembly resolution 49/28, as well as the general functions of secretariats under other instruments, such as the CBD and UNFCCC.
Notes: Procedures established by the secretariat could take into account the special circumstances of SIDS.