Statutes of the International Advisory Committee
An International Advisory Committee
of the "Memory of the World" Programme hereinafter termed
"the Committee" (category V), is hereby established.
The Committee shall be responsible
for advising the Organization on the planning and implementation
of the "Memory of the World" programme as a whole and
for making recommendations on raising funds, allocating them to
projects, placing elements of the documentary heritage on the
"Memory of the World" Register and granting the "Memory
of the World" label to selected projects, including those
which are not receiving financial assistance from the programme.
The Committee shall seek co-operation with competent international
non-governmental organizations such as the International Council
on Archives (ICA) and the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It shall also examine the
possibility of gaining access to this heritage by means of the
most up-to-date technologies.
1. The Committee shall be composed
of 14 members, appointed by the Director-General after consultation
of the National Commissions of the States concerned, and serving
in a personal capacity.
2. The term of office of members
of the Committee shall be four years. It is renewable once. In
the event of the resignation or death of a member of the Committee,
the Director-General shall appoint a replacement for the remainder
of the term.
3. Every two years, half the
membership of the Committee shall be renewed. Notwithstanding
the provisions of paragraph 2 above, when appointing the initial
members of the Committee, the Director-General shall designate
the seven whose term of office will expire on 31 December 1998,
it being understood that the term of office of the other members
will expire on 31 December 2000.
4. The members of the Committee
shall be chosen for their authority in the field of the safeguarding
of the documentary heritage, taking due account of geographical
representation and in such a way as to represent the various disciplines
and schools of thought prevalent in this field within Member States
and in the main international professional organizations.
5. In addition to the
14 members mentioned above, the Director-General may invite to
meetings of the Committee individuals whose duties and qualifications
make them suitable for assisting the Committee in its task. They
shall not have the right to vote.
The Director-General shall convene
the Committee in ordinary session once every two years. He may
convene extraordinary sessions.
1. At each of its ordinary sessions,
the Committee shall elect a chairperson, three vice-chairpersons
and a Rapporteur who shall constitute the Bureau of the Committee
and shall remain in office until the following ordinary session.
2. The Director-General shall
convene the Bureau and be represented at its meetings.
The secretariat of the Committee
shall be provided by the General Information Programme of UNESCO.
1. Member States and Associate
Members of UNESCO may send observers to meetings of the Committee.
2. The United Nations and other
organisations of the United Nations system with which UNESCO has
concluded mutual representation agreements may be represented
at meetings of the Committee.
3. The Director-General may extend
invitations to send observers to meetings of the Committee to:
(a) organisations of the United
Nations system with which UNESCO has not concluded mutual representation
(b) intergovernmental organizations;
(c) international non-governmental
organizations, in accordance with the Directives concerning UNESCO's
relations with non-governmental organizations.
1. The Committee shall establish
its Rules of Procedure, which shall be submitted to the Director-General
2. The Director-General shall
draw up the agenda of the sessions of the Committee after consultation
with the chairperson of the Committee.
3. After each session, the Committee
shall present a report on its work and its recommendations to
the Director-General and to the Intergovernmental Council for
the General Information Programme. The Director-General shall
inform the Executive Board of the results of the Committee's proceedings.
These Statutes may be amended
by the Executive Board on its own initiative or on the proposal
of the Director-General.