cerning the requesting state's anticipated contributions to the Center and its expected proposals and activities.

  1. The Executive Director shall transmit requests for accession to the Board without delay and shall place the request for accession on the agenda of the first Board meeting after the receipt of the information requested in accordance with subparagraph (i) of this Article.

  2. The Executive Director shall communicate the Board's decision to the State requesting accession.

  3. Upon approval by the Board, the acceding state shall be permitted to deposit its instrument of accession with the Board through the Executive Director.

  1. The Board has the responsibilities set forth in Article IV of the ISTC Agreement.

  2. Each initial Party has one vote on the Board. The United States of America, Japan, the Russian Federation, and, acting as one party, the European Community and the European Atomic Energy Community, have each appointed their representatives.

  1. It is intended that the Board's membership be expanded from the size provided for in paragraph B. of this Article.

    1. A Party acceding to the ISTC Agreement may request Board membership through the Executive Director.

    2. A Party is eligible for membership on the Board when the Board approves and upon such terms and conditions, in particular as to voting rights, as the Board may determine. Such terms and conditions must not be inconsistent with the ISTC Agreement.

    3. One acceding Party that is a state of the CIS will have membership on the Board, in accordance with subparagraph (ii) of this Article. The term of that Party's representative shall be one year or a period until another such state has acceded, whichever is longer. A representative from another acceding state that is a state of the CIS shall be appointed subsequently to a one-year term.

    4. A Party joining the Board under subparagraph (iii) of this Article shall not be eligible to vote on applications for accession or Board membership by other states of the CIS.

  1. The Board shall select its Chair, who shall serve for one year.

  2. The Board shall meet as needed, but not less than four times annually, upon thirty (30) days prior notice from the Chair, except whenever a shorter period of notice is agreed to by all Parties. At the request of the representatives of two Parties on the Board to the Chair, an extraordinary meeting of the Board shall be held upon fifteen (15) days prior notice except whenever a shorter period of notice is agreed to by all the Parties.

  3. The Board shall decide its own rules of procedure, which shall address, inter alia, the method by which representatives to the Board shall cast their votes and the participation of non-Board members, including Parties, governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, in Board meetings, and the establishment of any committees and task forces.

  1. The Secretariat of the Center consists of the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors, and other staff.

  2. The Executive Director supervises the daily administration of the Center and is responsible for implementing the policies and decisions of the Board. The Deputy Executive Directors report directly to the Executive Director. In addition, the Executive Director directly oversees the chief officers for administration, procurement, and finance. The Executive Director is appointed for a two-year term by, and may be dismissed upon the decision of, the Board.

  3. There are initially three Deputy Executive Directors, who are appointed by the Board for two-year terms and who may be dismissed upon the decision of the Board. Without prejudice to paragraph B., the Board shall designate one Deputy Executive Director as a Principal Deputy Executive Director, who shall fulfill the duties of Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director for a period up to three months. After three months's absence, or upon the earlier permanent incapacity of the Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director, the Party which nominated the Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director will have the option to nominate a new Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director, who will be approved by the Board, for the remainder of the term.

  4. After consultation with the Deputy Executive Directors, the Executive Director shall recommend to the Board the division of responsibilities among them.

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