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Programme Committee (CC-703)

Next Session PC - 117th Session - 9-13 March 2015
Previous Sessions and documents PC - 116th Session - 3-7 November 2014
PC - 115th Session - 26-30 May 2014
PC - 114th Session - 11-15 November 2013
PC - 113th Session - 18-22 March 2013
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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article V


Established as a "Co-ordinating Committee" by the Conference at its Third Session (1947), and reconstituted at its Sixth Session (1951, Resolution 84/51). In 1957 the name was changed to Programme Committee. Its size and structure were modified by the Conference at its Nineteenth Session (1977, Resolution 15/77) and at its Thirty-sixth Session in 2009 (Resolution 6/2009, C 2009/REP, para. 140).

Rules of Procedure

See Basic Texts, Vol I - Section E, Rules of Procedure of the Programme Committee

Category Cat.1

To assist the Council in carrying out its duties regarding the development and implementation of the Organization's programme activities. Its functions are enumerated in Rule XXVI of the General Rules of the Organization.

Secretary Mr Rakesh Muthoo

Representatives of 12 Member Nations and a Chairperson elected by the Council from specific regions as determined by the Conference for the purpose of Council elections. Members of the Committee shall appoint as their representatives individuals who have shown a continued interest in the objectives and activities of the Organization, have participated in Conference or Council sessions and have special competence and experience in economic, social and technical matters pertaining to the various fields of the Organization's activities. Members of the Committee are elected for a period of two years at the session of the Council following the regular session of the Conference and they are eligible for reappointment.

Chairperson Ms Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe (Sweden)

Afghanistan (Mr Abdul Razak Ayazi)
Algeria (Mr Abdelhakim Ammouche)*
Argentina (Mr Gustavo Oscar Infante)
Austria (Ms Natalie Feistritzer)
Canada (Mr Eric Robinson)
China (Mr Xia Jingyuan)
Ecuador (Mr José Antonio Carranza)
Ethiopia (Mr Abreha G. Aseffa)
India (Mr Vimlendra Sharan)
New Zealand (Mr Matthew Hooper)**
Switzerland (Ms Christina Emma Grieder)
Yemen (Mr Haytham Abdulmomen Shoja'aadin)***

* Following the withdrawal of Mr Mohamed Mellah.  During the 117th Session Ms Ameur will replace Mr Abdelhakim Ammouche.
** Following the withdrawal of Ms Fiona Duncan and Mr Raj Rajasekar.
*** Following the withdrawal of Mr Khalid Abdulrahman Al-Akwa.

Substitute Representatives

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Current term of office June 2013 - June 2015
Languages (used during the current mandate) Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish
Document symbol PC
Frequency of Sessions Normally twice a year
Division Office of Strategy, Planning and Resources Management (OSP)
Contact information/email

First Session Co-ordinating Committee, March 1949; Programme Committee, March 1958.