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Agreement For The Establishment Of A Commission

For Controlling The Desert Locust In The Eastern

Region Of Its Distribution Area In South-West Asia

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Contents

 

Preamble

I

Membership

II

Obligations Of Members Regarding National Policies And International Co-Operation For The Control Of The Desert Locust

III

Seat Of The Commission

IV

Functions Of The Commission

V

Sessions Of The Commission

VI

Observers And Consultants

VII

Secretariat

VIII

The Executive Committee

IX

Functions Of The Executive Committee

X

Rules Of Procedure And Financial Regulations

XI

Subsidiary Bodies

XII

Finance

XIII

Expenses

XIV

Amendments

 XV

Acceptance

XVI

Territorial Application

 XVII

Interpretation And Settlement 0f Disputes

XVIII

Withdrawal

XIX

Termination

XX

Entry Into Force

XXI

Authentic Languages

 

 

Agreement For The Establishment Of A Commission

For Controlling The Desert Locust In The Eastern Region Of Its Distribution Area

In South-West Asia Rome

3rd  December 1963   

Preamble The Contracting Governments, having regard to the urgent necessity of preventing losses to agriculture in certain countries of central and western Asia caused by the Desert Locust, hereby establish within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (hereinafter referred to as 'the Organization') a Commission to be known as the 'Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Eastern Region of its Distribution Area in South-West Asia', whose object shall be to promote national and international research and action with respect to the control of the Desert Locust in that Region. The Region is defined as consisting of the territories of Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan and any territories adjacent to the above countries.

Article I

Membership

1. The Members of the Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Eastern Region of its Distribution Area in South-West Asia (hereinafter referred to as 'the Commission') shall be such Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization situated in the Region defined in the Preamble as accept this Agreement in accordance with the provisions of Article XV of this Agreement. 2. The Commission may, by a two-thirds majority of its Members, admit to membership such other States, situated in the Region that are Members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency, as have submitted an application for membership of the Commission and a declaration made in a formal instrument that they accept this Agreement as in force at the time of admission.

Article II

Obligations Of Members Regarding National Policies And International Co-Operation For The Control Of The Desert Locust

1. Members undertake to maintain through the Secretary of the Commission a regular exchange of information on the current locust situation and the progress of control campaigns within their countries, and also to transmit such information regularly to the Desert Locust Information Service in London, in the light of the Agreement between the Organization and the Anti-Locust Research Center.  

2. Members undertake to carry out all possible measures to control plagues of the Desert Locust within their countries and to reduce crop damage by adopting at least the following essential procedures:  

a) maintaining a permanent locust information and reporting service;  

b) maintaining an adequate permanent locust control service;  

c) holding reserves of insecticides and application equipment;  

d) encouraging and supporting such training, survey and research work, including where appropriate the maintenance of national research stations for the study of the Desert Locust, as may be considered desirable by the Commission and as are compatible with the resources of the country;  

e) participating in the implementation of any common policy of locust control or prevention which may be approved by the Commission;  

f) facilitating the storage of any items of antilocust equipment and insecticides held by the Commission and permitting the duty-free import or export without hindrance of such goods and equipment as well as the free movement within the country of such goods and equipment;  

g) providing the Commission with any information it may request to carry out its functions effectively.  

3. Members undertake to submit to the Commission periodic reports on the action taken to fulfil the obligations specified in paragraphs l and 2 above.

Article III

Seat Of The Commission

1. The seat of the Commission shall be determined by the Commission.  

2. Sessions of the Commission shall normally be held at its seat. Sessions may, however, be convened elsewhere, in consultation with the Director-General of the Organization, in pursuance of a decision of the Commission at a previous session, or, in exceptional circumstances, of a decision by the Executive Committee.

Article IV

Functions Of The Commission

The following shall be the functions of the Commission: 1. Joint Action and Assistance The Commission shall.  

a) plan and implement joint action for the survey and control of the Desert Locust in the Region wherever required and, to this effect, arrange means whereby adequate resources can be made available;  

b) assist and promote, in any manner which it considers appropriate, any national, regional or international action relating to the control or survey of the Desert Locust;  

c) determine, in consultation with the Members concerned, the nature and extent of assistance needed by such Members for implementing their national programme and for supporting regional programmes;  

d) assist, at the request of any Member whose territory is faced with Desert Locust situations beyond the capacity of its national services to control and survey, in any measures jointly agreed to that may become necessary;  

e) maintain at strategic localities determined by the Commission, in consultation with the Members concerned, reserves of anti-locust equipment, insecticides and other supplies, to be used in cases of emergency in accordance with decisions of the Executive Committee including supplementing of the national resources of any Member.  

2. Information and Co-ordination  

The Commission shall:

a) ensure that all Members are provided with current information in regard to Desert Locust infestations, and collect and disseminate information on experience gained, research conducted and programs adopted on the national regional and international levels in connection with the control of the Desert Locust;  

b) assist the national research organizations of Members and co-ordinate research in the Region by arranging visits of research and survey units and other appropriate means.  

3. Co-operation  

The Commission may:  

a) enter into arrangements or agreements, through the Director-General of the Organization, with nations in the Region that are not Members of the United Nations, for common action in connection with survey and control of locusts in the Region;  

b) enter into or encourage arrangements, through the Director-General, with other United nations Specialized Agencies or other international organizations concerned, for common action on the study and control of locusts and for the mutual exchange of information on problems concerning locusts.  

4. Administrative matters The Commission shall:  

a) consider and approve the report of the Executive Committee on the activities of the commission, the Programme and Budget of the Commission for the ensuing financial period, and the annual accounts;  

b) keep the Director-General of the Organization fully informed of its activities and transmit to him the accounts, the Programme and the Budget of the Commission, the latter for submission to the Council of the Organization prior to implementation.  

c) transmit to the Director-General the reports and recommendations of the Commission, for such action by the Council or Conference of the Organization as may be appropriate.

Article V

Sessions Of The Commission

1. Each Member of the Commission shall be represented at sessions of the Commission by a delegate who may be accompanied by an alternate and by experts and advisers. Alternates, experts and advisers may take part in the proceedings of the Commission but may not vote unless authorized by the delegate to substitute for him.  

2. A majority of the Members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. Each Member shall have one vote. Decisions of the Commission shall be taken by a majority of the votes cast except as otherwise provided for in this Agreement.  

3. A Member which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Commission shall have no vote if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the Contributions due from it for the two preceding financial years.  

4. The Commission shall elect, at the beginning of each regular session, a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from amongst the delegates. These Officers shall hold office until the beginning of the next regular session and shall be eligible for re-election.  

5. The Director-General of the Organization in consultation with the Chairman of the Commission shall convene a regular session of the Commission at least once a year. Special sessions may be convened by the Director-General in consultation with the Chairman of the Commission, if so requested by the Commission in regular session or by at least one third of the Members during intervals between regular session.  

6. The Director-General of the Organization or a representative designated by him shall have the right to participate without vote in all meetings of the Commission or its subsidiary bodies.

Article VI

Observers And Consultants

1. Participation of international organizations in the work of the Commission and the relations between the Commission and such organizations shall be governed by the relevant provisions of the Constitution and the General Rules of the Organization as well as by the rules on relations with international organizations adopted by the Conference or Council of the Organization. All such relations shall be dealt with by the Director-General of the Organization.  

2. Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization that are not Members of the Commission may, upon their request, be represented by an observer at sessions of the Commission and of its subsidiary bodies.  

3. States which, while not Members of the Commission nor Members or Associate Members of the Organization, are Members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency may, upon request and subject to the concurrence of the Executive Committee and to the Provisions relating to the granting of observer status to nations adopted by the Conference of the Organization, be invited to attend sessions of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies in an observer capacity.  

4. The Commission may invite consultants or experts to attend its sessions.

Article VII

Secretariat

The Director-General of the Organization shall provide the Secretary and staff of the Commission who, for administrative purposes, shall be responsible to him. They shall be appointed under the same terms and conditions as the staff of the Organization.

Article VIII

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