Highlights of the CMWG Meeting: Inching Closer to a Permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat
The CMWG Meeting succeeded in finding an acceptable resolution to the unresolved articles in the Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the CTI-CFF and its associated Rules and Regulations.
The CTI-CFF Coordination Mechanisms Working Group (CMWG) was formed to develop a proposal for coordination mechanisms among the member countries.
Indonesia was tasked to chair the Working Group, and one of its major tasks is to draft the legal documents establishing the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat and its associated rules and regulations.
The legal document takes off from the version discussed during the last SOM in Manado, Indonesia in November 2010. Participants agreed on the document except for a few articles. It was finalized during the CMWG meeting held from 13-15 July 2011 after more than nine months of document review, in-country presentations, and other activities.
The Meeting was held in the highlands of Bandung, West Java Province, Indonesia and attended by representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste.
The Government of the Solomon Islands was not able to send a representative; however, their input to the Meeting was provided by email to the Secretariat and Chair of the Working Group. Representatives of CTI-CFF Partners included those from the Government of Australia, ADB, WWF, and TNC.
The Meeting succeeded in finding an acceptable resolution for the unresolved articles in the Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the CTI-CFF and its associated Rules and Regulations (i.e.. Rules of Procedure, Staff Regulations, and Financial Regulations).
Highlights of the meeting include the following:
- First, the recommendation that if at least four CTI-CFF member countries have completed their domestic process for acceptance or approval of the Agreement, then the Agreement should enter into force;
- Second, the Meeting recommended that all member countries fast track their domestic process for acceptance or approval of the Agreement.
- Third, the operating budget of the Regional Secretariat (i.e., the ‘General Fund’) should be divided according to a formula where 60% will be divided equally among member countries, and 40% divided according to the relative size of each country’s gross domestic product.
- Fourth, the Meeting was able to recommend a detailed Transition Plan covering the period between the end of the Meeting until 12 months after the Third Ministerial Meeting, at which time the permanent Regional Secretariat shall have been established.
While much work still needs to be done before a permanent Regional Secretariat is established, the CTI-CFF is inching closer to making it a reality.
Contributed by: Lydia Napitupulu, Junior Resource Economist
Photo Credit: Permana Yudiarso, MMAF, Indonesia
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