Intergovernmental Meetings (IGM)
The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme and Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, more popularly known as the IGM, is actually two meetings in one, and is the CEP’s ultimate authority. It includes all states and territories of the WCR, both members of the Action Plan and Parties to the Cartagena Convention.
The IGM is held every two years to agree on the priority actions and projects to be implemented over the next 2 years under the leadership of the Secretariat to the CEP, Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-CAR/RCU). UNEP-CAR/RCU abides by the rules and regulations set out by the United Nations and UNEP in particular and have UNEP Nairobi as its administrative headquarters. To this end, meetings documents are prepared and posted to the CEP Website six (6) weeks prior to the start of the meeting for the perusal of the participants.
In keeping with CEP mandate, the representatives from each participating state and territory have to be nominated by it respective government office. The CEP meetings are by invitation only. In addition to the country delegates, participation is also invited from the international, United Nations, donor and NGO communities who participate as observers.
The IGM is preceeded by the Conference of Parties to the SPAW Protocol (COP).
The Fifth SPAW/COP was held in Antigua 8 September 2008. Meeting documents and report can be found here.
The 13th IGM was held in Antigua 9-12 September 2008. Meeting documents and report can be found here.
Between Intergovernmental Meetings, a 13-nation Monitoring Committee and Bureau of Contracting Parties supervises the programme’s development and provides policy direction.
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (SPAW/STAC) &
Interim Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (LBS/ISTAC)
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for the SPAW Protocol, and the Interim Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) for the LBS Protocol, are held before the IGMs to review status of implementation and draft workplans for the upcoming biennium. These meetings are more technical in nature than the IGMs.
The Fifth SPAW/STAC was held in Guadeloupe, France 2-5 July 2008. Meeting documents can be found here
The Fourth LBS/ISTAC was held in Peten, Guatemala XXXXXX, 2007. Meeting documents can be found here