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Paragraphs in "Agreement On The Conservation Of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds" coded as SBS

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Art.6.1 1. The Meeting of the Parties shall be the decision-making body of this Agreement.
Art.6.2 2. The Depositary shall, in consultation with the Convention Secretariat, convene a session of the Meeting of the Parties not later than one year after the date of the entry into force of this Agreement. Thereafter, the Agreement secretariat shall convene, in consultation with the Convention Secretariat, ordinary sessions of the Meeting of the Parties at intervals of not more than three years, unless the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise. Where it is possible to do so, such sessions should be held in conjunction with the ordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.
Art.6.3 3. On the written request of at least one third of the Parties, the Agreement secretariat shall convene an extraordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties.
Art.6.4 4. The United Nations, its Specialized Agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency, any State not a Party to the Agreement, and the secretariats of international conventions concerned inter alia with the conservation, including protection and management, of migratory waterbirds may be represented by observers in sessions of the Meeting of the Parties. Any agency or body technically qualified in such conservation matters or in research on migratory waterbirds may also be represented at sessions of the Meeting of the Parties by observers, unless at least one third of the Parties present object.
Art.6.5 5. Only Parties have the right to vote. Each Party shall have one vote, but regional economic integration organizations which are Parties to this Agreement shall, in matters within their competence, exercise their right to vote with a number of votes equal to the number of their Member States which are Parties to the Agreement. A regional economic integration organization shall not exercise its right to vote if its Member States exercise theirs, and vice versa.
Art.6.6 6. Unless provided otherwise in this Agreement, decisions of the Meeting of the Parties shall be adopted by consensus or, if consensus cannot be achieved, by a two-thirds majority of the Parties present and voting.
Art.6.7 7. At its first session, the Meeting of the Parties shall:
Art.6.7.a (a) adopt its rules of procedure by consensus;
Art.6.7.b (b) establish an Agreement secretariat within the Convention Secretariat to perform the secretariat functions listed in Article VIII of this Agreement;
Art.6.7.c (c) establish the Technical Committee provided for in Article VII of this Agreement;
Art.6.7.d (d) adopt a format for the reports to be prepared according to Article V, paragraph 1, subparagraph (c), of this Agreement; and
Art.6.7.e (e) adopt criteria to define emergency situations which require urgent conservation measures, and determine the modalities for assigning responsibility for action to be taken.
Art.6.8 8. At each of its ordinary sessions, the Meeting of the Parties shall:
Art.6.8.a (a) consider actual and potential changes in the conservation status of migratory waterbirds and the habitats important for their survival, as well as the factors which may affect them;
Art.6.8.b (b) review the progress made and any difficulty encountered in the implementation of this Agreement;
Art.6.8.c (c) adopt a budget and consider any matters relating to the financial arrangements for this Agreement;
Art.6.8.d (d) deal with any matter relating to the Agreement secretariat and the membership of the Technical Committee;
Art.6.8.e (e) adopt a report for communication to the Parties to this Agreement and to the Conference of the Parties of the Convention; and
Art.6.8.f (f) determine the time and venue of the next session.
Art.6.9 9. At any of its sessions, the Meeting of the Parties may:
Art.6.9.a (a) make recommendations to the Parties as it deems necessary or appropriate;
Art.6.9.b (b) adopt specific actions to improve the effectiveness of this Agreement and, as the case may be, emergency measures as provided for in Article VII, paragraph 4, of this Agreement;
Art.6.9.c (c) consider and decide upon proposals to amend this Agreement;
Art.6.9.d (d) amend the Action Plan in accordance with Article IV, paragraph 3, of this Agreement;
Art.6.9.e (e) establish such subsidiary bodies as it deems necessary to assist in the implementation of this Agreement, in particular for coordination with bodies established under other international treaties, conventions and agreements with overlapping geographic and taxonomic coverage; and
Art.6.9.f (f) decide on any other matter relating to the implementation of this Agreement.
Art.7.1 1. The Technical Committee shall comprise:
Art.7.1.a (a) nine experts representing different regions of the Agreement Area, in accordance with a balanced geographical distribution;
Art.7.1.b (b) one representative from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), one from the International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB) and one from the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC); and
Art.7.1.c (c) one expert from each of the following fields: rural economics, game management, and environmental law.
Art.7.1.dx The procedure for the appointment of the experts, the term of their appointment and the procedure for designation of the Chairman of the Technical Committee shall be determined by the Meeting of the Parties. The Chairman may admit a maximum of four observers from specialized international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Art.7.2 2. Unless the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise, meetings of the Technical Committee shall be convened by the Agreement secretariat in conjunction with each ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties and at least once between ordinary sessions of the Meeting of the Parties. 3. The Technical Committee shall:
Art.7.2.a (a) provide scientific and technical advice and information to the Meeting of the Parties and, through the Agreement secretariat, to Parties;
Art.7.2.b (b) make recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties concerning the Action Plan, implementation of the Agreement and further research to be carried out;
Art.7.2.c (c) prepare for each ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties a report on its activities, which shall be submitted to the Agreement secretariat not less than one hundred and twenty days before the session of the Meeting of the Parties, and copies shall be circulated forthwith by the Agreement secretariat to the Parties; and
Art.7.2.d (d) carry out any other tasks referred to it by the Meeting of the Parties.
Art.7.4 4. Where in the opinion of the Technical Committee there has arisen an emergency which requires the adoption of immediate measures to avoid deterioration of the conservation status of one or more migratory waterbird species, the Technical Committee may request the Agreement secretariat to convene urgently a meeting of the Parties concerned. These Parties shall meet as soon as possible thereafter to establish rapidly a mechanism to give protection to the species identified as being subject to particularly adverse threat. Where a recommendation has been adopted at such a meeting, the Parties concerned shall inform each other and the Agreement secretariat of measures they have taken to implement it, or of the reasons why the recommendation could not be implemented.
Art.7.5 5. The Technical Committee may establish such working groups as may be necessary to deal with specific tasks.