In 1999, the GA decided to establish the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea in order to facilitate the annual review by the GA of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea. A voluntary trust fund was established under GA resolution 55/7 (27 February 2001) to assist the representatives of developing States, in particular LDCs, SIDS and landlocked developing States, to attend the meetings of the Consultative Process by covering the costs of travel.
The trust fund covers the travel costs of an economy round trip ticket from the capital of the nominating State to New York. In view of the current limited resources, only one participant per State will be able to benefit from the trust fund with consideration given, as much as possible, to equitable geographic representation. In addition, priority disbursement will be given to panellists from developing countries. Panellists from developing countries are also eligible to receive daily subsistence allowance from the fund, subject to the availability of funds once all the requests for travel assistance from other eligible participants are covered.
The fund is administered by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations.
Utilization by the LDCs:
Available Smooth Transition Procedures: