Resolution Conf. 13.1

RECALLING that the financial amendment to the Convention, adopted in Bonn in 1979, entered into force on 13 April 1987;

RECALLING Resolution Conf. 12.1 adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its 12th meeting (Santiago, 2002);

HAVING NOTED the 2002-2003 actual expenditures presented by the Secretariat [document CoP13 Doc. 8.1 (Rev. 1)];

HAVING NOTED the revised estimates of expenditures for 2004 and 2005 presented by the Secretariat [document CoP13 Doc. 8.2 (Rev. 1)];

HAVING REVIEWED the 2006-2008 budget estimates submitted by the Secretariat [document CoP13 Doc. 8.3 (Rev. 1)];

RECOGNIZING the continuing need for administrative and financial arrangements between the Parties and the Executive Director of UNEP;

NOTING the considerable increase in the number of Parties to the Convention, the need for greater assistance to the Parties to achieve more effective implementation, the necessity to implement the increasing number of Decisions and Resolutions of the Conference of the Parties, and the resulting extra expenditure incurred by the Secretariat, which requires a higher level of voluntary contributions;

NOTING also the serious economic difficulties being experienced by certain Parties and STRESSING the need to allow for flexibility in application of the UN scale of assessment to the Parties concerned;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

ACCEPTS the report of expenditures for the biennium 2002-2003 and TAKES NOTE of the estimates of expenditure for the biennium 2004-2005;

APPROVES the 2006-2008 budget attached in Annex 2 including a new P-3 post of Information Network Officer, which will be funded 50 per cent from the CITES Trust Fund and 50 per cent from the 13 per cent Programme Support Costs on external funding;

DECIDES that the budget for the triennium 2006-2008 shall be covered by contributions from Parties, which shall be increased by three per cent as compared to contributions for the previous triennium;

REQUESTS the Secretary-General of the Convention to report to the Standing Committee at its 53rd meeting on cost-saving measures and the reallocation of staff time to different categories of service as a result of the reduced number of meetings and other savings decided for the triennium 2006-2008;

REQUESTS the Secretariat to maintain an operating cash reserve of USD 700,000 to ensure financial liquidity and AUTHORIZES the Secretariat to draw additional funds from the CITES Trust Fund balance at the end of each year, provided that it is not reduced below USD 700,000 at the commencement of each year;

APPROVES the Terms of Reference for the Administration of the Trust Fund, attached in Annex 1, for the financial period beginning on 1 January 2006 and ending on 31 December 2008;

AGREES that:

a) contributions to the Trust Fund shall be based on the United Nations scale of assessment, as amended from time to time, adjusted to take account of the fact that not all members of the United Nations are Parties to the Convention;
   
b) any other basis of assessment of contributions shall not be used without the consent of all Parties present and voting at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
   
c) any change in the basic scale of contributions which would increase the liability of a Party to contribute, or would impose a new such liability, shall not apply to that Party without its consent, and that any proposal to change the basic scale of contributions from that currently in use shall be considered by the Conference of the Parties only if notice of such proposal has been communicated by the Secretariat to all Parties at least 150 days before the meeting; and
   
d) Parties should pay their contributions to the Trust Fund in accordance with the agreed scale and as in the Table attached in Annex 1 to this resolution;

URGES Parties to make special contributions to support the Trust Fund above their assessed contributions as well as to externally funded projects;

REQUESTS all Parties to pay their contributions as far as possible during the year prior to the one to which they relate or, otherwise, promptly by the beginning of the calendar year to which the contributions apply;

APPEALS strongly to those Parties which, for legal or other reasons, have so far been unable to contribute to the Trust Fund to do so;

URGES all Parties that have not yet done so to deposit as soon as possible an instrument of acceptance of the amendments to the Convention adopted on 22 June 1979 and 30 April 1983;

INVITES States not Parties to the Convention, other governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and other sources to consider contributing to the Trust Fund;

INVITES all Parties to support, through their representatives in UNEPUNDP and the World Bank, the requests of the Secretariat for additional funding of CITES projects by the Global Environment Facility;

DECIDES that the standard participation charge for all observer organizations other than the United Nations and its specialized agencies shall be set at a minimum of USD 600 (except as otherwise decided by the Secretariat as required) and URGES such organizations to make a greater contribution if possible at least to meet their effective costs of participation;

REQUESTS the Standing Committee to develop future budget containment strategies in the following areas:

a) collection of arrears through innovative strategies to help Parties pay their contributions and exploration of measures for dealing with non-payments of contributions, taking into account the measures used in related multilateral instruments;
   
b) consideration of official bids from Governments for the relocation of the Secretariat to a lower cost location; and
   
c) negotiation of reduction in the 13 per cent Programme Support costs with the Executive Director of UNEP;

AGREES that:

a) all meetings of the Conference of the Parties and all regular meetings of the Standing Committee should be held in Geneva unless a candidate host country pays the difference in costs between its proposed venue and Geneva;
   
b) all meetings of the Animals and Plants Committees should be held back-to-back and in the same place, and every other meeting should be convened in Geneva unless a candidate host country pays the difference in costs between its proposed venue and Geneva; and
   
c) no more than two regular meetings of the Standing Committee and no more than two meetings each of the Animals and Plants Committees should be convened between meetings of the Conference of the Parties;

DECIDES that the CITES Trust Fund should not be used to cover travel costs and per diem of the representatives of developed countries;

INSTRUCTS the Secretariat to make provisions, in proposals for externally-funded projects, for all the costs the Secretariat would incur, including staff costs, in the implementation of these projects;

APPROVES the Secretariat’s reports; and

DECIDES that:

a) in respect of the review of activities in any work unit, the Secretary-General shall have the authority to make staffing decisions as necessary to implement the priorities of the Parties within the overall budget and in accordance with the UN rules; and
   
b) any work of the Secretariat deriving from a new resolution or decision shall be undertaken only if additional funds are approved or if existing work carried out under the Trust Fund is reprioritized at the time such a resolution or decision is adopted by the Conference of the Parties.

Annex 1

Terms of Reference for the Administration of the Trust Fund for the

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

 

1. The Trust Fund for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (hereinafter referred to as the Trust Fund) shall be further continued for a period of three years (1 January 2006 to 31 December 2008) to provide financial support for the aims of the Convention.
   
2. Pursuant to the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the approval of the Governing Council of UNEP and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, shall continue the Trust Fund for the administration of the Convention.
   
3. The Trust Fund shall cover the financial period of three calendar years which begins on 1 January 2006 and ends on 31 December 2008.
   
4. The appropriations of the Trust Fund shall be financed from:
   
  a) the contributions made by the Parties by reference to the attached Table, including contributions from any new Parties which are to be added to the Table;
     
  b) contributions from States not Parties to the Convention, other governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other sources; and
     
  c) any uncommitted appropriations from any of the financial periods prior to 1 January 2006.
   
5. The budget estimates covering the income and expenditure for each of the calendar years constituting the financial period to which they relate, prepared in US dollars, shall be submitted for approval at the regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.
   
6. The estimates for each of the calendar years covered by a financial period shall provide a breakdown across categories of service and activities and shall be accompanied by such information as may be required by, or on behalf of, the contributors and such further information as the Executive Director of UNEP may deem useful and advisable.
   
7. The proposed budget, including all the necessary information, shall be dispatched by the Secretariat to all Parties at least 150 days before the date fixed for the opening of the regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
   
8. The budget shall be adopted by a three-quarters majority of the Parties present and voting at the regular meeting.
   
9. In the event that the Executive Director of UNEP expects that there might be a shortfall in resources, over the year as a whole, he shall consult with the Secretary-General of the Convention, who shall seek the advice of the Standing Committee as to its priorities for expenditure.
   
10. The Secretary-General of the Convention is authorized, to the extent consistent with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, to make transfers from one category of service to another up to a maximum of 20 per cent over and above the annual amount foreseen in the budget under any category of service, provided that such action does not negatively affect any high-priority items. When any such transfers are made, these shall be reported to the Standing Committee at its following meeting. Any budget adjustments over and above the 20 per cent flexibility mentioned above may be made only after they have been agreed by the Standing Committee. However, the total budget approved by the Parties for that financial period shall not be exceeded unless this is specifically sanctioned in writing by the Standing Committee.
   
11. Commitments against the resources of the Trust Fund may be made only if they are covered by the necessary income of the Convention.
   
12. All contributions shall be paid in any convertible currency. The amount of any payment, however, shall be at least equal to the amount payable in US dollars on the day the contribution is made. Contributions from States that become Parties after the beginning of the financial period should be made on a pro-rata basis for the balance of the financial period.
   
13. At the end of each calendar year of a financial period, the Executive Director of UNEP shall submit to the Parties the accounts for the year. He shall also submit, as soon as practicable, the audited accounts for the financial period.
   
14. The Secretary-General of the Convention shall provide the Standing Committee with an activity-based estimate of proposed expenditure over the coming calendar year simultaneously with, or as soon as possible after, distribution of the accounts and reports referred to in the preceding paragraph. The Secretary-General of the Convention shall provide the Standing Committee at the end of each calendar year with an activity-based financial report for the year.
   
15. The general procedures governing the operations of the Fund of UNEP and the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations shall govern the financial operations of the Trust Fund for the Convention.
   
16. These Terms of Reference shall be effective for the financial period of 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2008 subject to amendments at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Table

Trust Fund for the Convention on International Trade

in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

SCALE OF CONTRIBUTIONS

in US dollars (USD)

Party UN scale

for 2006
CITES adjusted

scale
2006-2008

contributions
Annual

contribution
% % USD USD
Afghanistan 0.00200 0.00200 293 98
Albania 0.00500 0.00501
732
244
Algeria 0.07600 0.07618
11,127
3,709
Antigua and Barbuda 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Argentina 0.95600 0.95827
139,969
46,656
Australia 1.59200 1.59578
233,087
77,696
Austria 0.85900 0.86104
125,768
41,923
Azerbaijan 0.00500 0.00501
732
244
Bahamas 0.01300 0.01303
1,903
634
Bangladesh 0.01000 0.01002
1,464
488
Barbados 0.01000 0.01002
1,464
488
Belarus 0.01800 0.01804
2,635
878
Belgium 1.06900 1.07154
156,514
52,171
Belize 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Benin 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Bhutan 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Bolivia 0.00900 0.00902
1,318
439
Botswana 0.01200 0.01203
1,757
586
Brazil 1.52300 1.52662
222,985
74,328
Brunei Darussalam 0.03400 0.03408
4,978
1,659
Bulgaria 0.01700 0.01704
2,489
830
Burkina Faso 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Burundi 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Cambodia 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Cameroon 0.00800 0.00802
1,171
390
Canada 2.81300 2.81969
411,856
137,285
Central African Republic 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Chad 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Chile 0.22300 0.22353
32,650
10,883
China 2.05300 2.05788
300,583
100,194
Colombia 0.15500 0.15537
22,694
7,565
Comoros 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Congo 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Costa Rica 0.03000 0.03007
4,392
1,464
Côte d'Ivoire 0.01000 0.01002
1,464
488
Croatia 0.03700 0.03709
5,417
1,806
Cuba 0.04300 0.04310
6,296
2,099
Cyprus 0.03900 0.03909
5,710
1,903
Czech Republic 0.18300 0.18344
26,793
8,931
Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Denmark 0.71800 0.71971
105,123
35,041
Djibouti 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Dominica 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Dominican Republic 0.03500 0.03508
5,124
1,708
Ecuador 0.01900 0.01905
2,782
927
Egypt 0.12000 0.12029
17,569
5,856
El Salvador 0.02200 0.02205
3,221
1,074
Equatorial Guinea 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Eritrea 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Estonia 0.01200 0.01203
1,757
586
Ethiopia 0.00400 0.00401
586
195
Fiji 0.00400 0.00401
586
195
Finland 0.53300 0.53427
78,037
26,012
France 6.03000 6.04434
882,862
294,287
Gabon 0.00900 0.00902
1,318
439
Gambia 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Georgia 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Germany 8.66200 8.68259
1,268,217
422,739
Ghana 0.00400 0.00401
586
195
Greece 0.53000 0.53126
77,598
25,866
Grenada 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Guatemala 0.03000 0.03007
4,392
1,464
Guinea 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Guinea-Bissau 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Guyana 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Honduras 0.00500 0.00501
732
244
Hungary 0.12600 0.12630
18,448
6,149
Iceland 0.03400 0.03408
4,978
1,659
India 0.42100 0.42200
61,639
20,546
Indonesia 0.14200 0.14234
20,790
6,930
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 0.15700 0.15737
22,987
7,662
Ireland 0.35000 0.35083
51,244
17,081
Israel 0.46700 0.46811
68,374
22,791
Italy 4.88500 4.89661
715,220
238,407
Jamaica 0.00800 0.00802
1,171
390
Japan 19.46800 19.51428
2,850,340
950,113
Jordan 0.01100 0.01103
1,611
537
Kazakhstan 0.02500 0.02506
3,660
1,220
Kenya 0.00900 0.00902
1,318
439
Kuwait 0.16200 0.16239
23,719
7,906
Lao People's Democratic Republic 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Latvia 0.01500 0.01504
2,196
732
Lesotho 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Liberia 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 0.13200 0.13231
19,326
6,442
Liechtenstein 0.00500 0.00501
732
244
Lithuania 0.02400 0.02406
3,514
1,171
Luxembourg 0.07700 0.07718
11,274
3,758
Madagascar 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Malawi 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Malaysia 0.20300 0.20348
29,722
9,907
Mali 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Malta 0.01400 0.01403
2,050
683
Mauritania 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Mauritius 0.01100 0.01103
1,611
537
Mexico 1.88300 1.88748
275,693
91,898
Monaco 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Mongolia 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Morocco 0.04700 0.04711
6,881
2,294
Mozambique 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Myanmar 0.01000 0.01002
1,464
488
Namibia 0.00600 0.00601
878
293
Nepal 0.00400 0.00401
586
195
Netherlands 1.69000 1.69402
247,436
82,479
New Zealand 0.22100 0.22153
32,357
10,786
Nicaragua 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Niger 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Nigeria 0.04200 0.04210
6,149
2,050
Norway 0.67900 0.68061
99,413
33,138
Pakistan 0.05500 0.05513
8,053
2,684
Palau 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Panama 0.01900 0.01905
2,782
927
Papua New Guinea 0.00300 0.00301
439
146
Paraguay 0.01200 0.01203
1,757
586
Peru 0.09200 0.09222
13,470
4,490
Philippines 0.09500 0.09523
13,909
4,636
Poland 0.46100 0.46210
67,496
22,499
Portugal 0.47000 0.47112
68,813
22,938
Qatar 0.06400 0.06415
9,370
3,123
Republic of Korea 1.79600 1.80027
262,955
87,652
Republic of Moldova 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Romania 0.06000 0.06014
8,785
2,928
Russian Federation 1.10000 1.10262
161,053
53,684
Rwanda 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Saint Lucia 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Sao Tome and Principe 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Saudi Arabia 0.71300 0.71470
104,391
34,797
Senegal 0.00500 0.00501
732
244
Serbia and Montenegro 0.01900 0.01905
2,782
927
Seychelles 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Sierra Leone 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Singapore 0.38800 0.38892
56,808
18,936
Slovakia 0.05100 0.05112
7,467
2,489
Slovenia 0.08200 0.08219
12,006
4,002
Somalia 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
South Africa 0.29200 0.29269
42,752
14,251
Spain 2.52000 2.52599
368,957
122,986
Sri Lanka 0.01700 0.01704
2,489
830
Sudan 0.00800 0.00802
1,171
390
Suriname 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Swaziland 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Sweden 0.99800 1.00037
146,119
48,706
Switzerland 1.19700 1.19985
175,255
58,418
Syrian Arab Republic 0.03800 0.03809
5,564
1,855
Thailand 0.20900 0.20950
30,600
10,200
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 0.00600 0.00601
878
293
Togo 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Trinidad and Tobago 0.02200 0.02205
3,221
1,074
Tunisia 0.03200 0.03208
4,685
1,562
Turkey 0.37200 0.37288
54,465
18,155
Uganda 0.00600 0.00601
878
293
Ukraine 0.03900 0.03909
5,710
1,903
United Arab Emirates 0.23500 0.23556
34,407
11,469
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 6.12700 6.14157
897,064
299,021
United Republic of Tanzania 0.00600 0.00601
878
293
United States of America 22.00000 22.00000
3,213,414
1,071,138
Uruguay 0.04800 0.04811
7,028
2,343
Uzbekistan 0.01400 0.01403
2,050
683
Vanuatu 0.00100 0.00100
146
49
Venezuela 0.17100 0.17141
25,036
8,345
Viet Nam 0.02100 0.02105
3,075
1,025
Yemen 0.00600 0.00601
878
293
Zambia 0.00200 0.00200
293
98
Zimbabwe 0.00700 0.00702
1,025
342
Total 99.81500 100.00000
14,606,429
4,868,809

 


Annex 2

Programme requirements from the

Trust Fund for the Convention on International Trade

in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

FOR THE TRIENNIUM 2006-2008 

by category of service

in US dollars (USD)

Category of service
2006
2007*
2008
TOTAL
Capacity building 562,522 570,850 579,345 1,712,717
Cross-cutting support programmes 432,499 407,014 448,120 1,287,633
Documentation and meetings 1,285,786 1,635,100 1,278,139 4,199,025
Executive direction and management 216,738 153,871 223,948 594,557
Implementation assistance 341,161 337,107 349,572 1,027,840
Legislation, enforcement and compliance 497,522 572,286 514,345 1,584,152
Outreach 307,607 312,961 318,422 938,989
Scientific support 478,561 615,596 486,972 1,581,130
Programme requirements 4,122,396 4,604,786 4,198,862 12,926,044
Programme Support Costs (13%) 535,911 598,622 545,852 1,680,386
TOTAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS 4,658,307 5,203,408 4,744,714 14,606,429

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CoP year

Number / Code: 
Conf. 13.1
COP meeting: 
Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties