In particular, the Implementation Support Unit (ISU),
The scope of the activities undertaken by the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) is defined by the “Directive by the States Parties to the Implementation Support Unit”, which was adopted at the Convention’s 2010 Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP).
The Directive also states that the ISU shall “propose and present a work plan and a budget for the activities of the ISU for the following year to the Coordinating Committee for endorsement and subsequently to each Meeting of the States Parties or Review Conferences for approval.
At the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties (14MSP) the States Parties adopted a number of measures including a Four Year Work Plan 2016-2019 for the ISU.
Since the decision was made in September 2001 to establish the Implementation Support Unit, the ISU has been funded on a voluntary basis by the States Parties.
At the 14MSP the States Parties adopted a decision on strengthening financial governance and transparency within the ISU. Among the measures included in this decision was the establishment of a financial security buffer as well as other measures to increase predictability of contributions to the ISU and management of expenditures.
ISU Institutional Framework
The ISU is directly accountable to the States Parties while being hosted by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).
When the idea of establishing the Implementation Support Unit was first made in May 2001, it was proposed that the GICHD could be the appropriate entity through which this enhanced support could be provided. On this basis, in 2001 at the Third Meeting of the States Parties (3MSP) the States Parties mandated the GICHD to establish an Implementation Support Unit.
In 2010, a Task Force recommended that (a) the ISU will continue to be hosted by the GICHD, based on an amended agreement between States Parties and the GICHD and on a new directive from the States Parties to the ISU, (b) in order to reinforce the identity and visibility of the Convention the ISU will be identified by a distinct profile that emphasizes its role as supporting entity for the Convention, including identifiable bank account, identifiable logo, email-addresses and similar features, and (c) that the GICHD Director will report to the States Parties on the functioning of the agreement between the States Parties and the GICHD.
On 6 September 2011, the President of the 10MSP and the Director of the GICHD signed a revised agreement. According to this agreement, the GICHD will continue to support the organisation of the Intersessional Work Programme and the administration of the Sponsorship Programme.
GICHD support to the ISU includes human resources, financial and conference management, office space and general logistics, travel services, sponsorship administration, and other support.
These support services are funded by Switzerland’s core contribution to the GICHD.