Oceans and Law of the Sea

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Voluntary trust funds

Updated on 08 April 2009

Trust fund for the purpose of facilitating the preparation of submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for developing States, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, and compliance with article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

 Voluntary fund to enable the participation of the members of the Commission from developing countries in the work of the Commission by meeting their costs of participation (travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance)


    Actions taken at the 55th session of the General Assembly in October 2000

    The first trust fund that the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to establish was for the purpose of defraying the cost of participation of the members of the Commission from developing States in the meetings of the Commission. The second fund, created by the same resolution, is intended "to provide training for technical and administrative staff, and technical and scientific advice, as well as personnel, to assist developing States, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, for the purpose of desktop studies and project planning, and preparing and submitting information under article 76 and annex II to the Convention in accordance with the procedures of the Scientific and Technical Guidelines of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf" (see General Assembly resolution 55/7).

     Actions taken at the 58th session of the General Assembly in December 2003

   At its 58th session, the General Assembly recognized the importance of the Trust Fund for preparation of submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in assisting developing States, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, in preparing their submissions where their continental shelves extend beyond 200 nautical miles. In order to facilitate the access of developing States to the Trust Fund, as well as its management, the General Assembly amended sections 1, 4 and 6 of the terms of reference, guidelines and rules of the Trust Fund, as set out in the annex to resolution 58/240. The original terms of reference were contained in annex II to General Assembly resolution 55/7 of 30 October 2000.

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