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The F&A Committee is responsible for budget, efficiency, effectiveness and governance of the organisation. To cover this broad remit, the F&A Committee operates a number of sub-groups. Some are permanent and ongoing, for example the Budgetary Sub-committee. Others are established for a period of time, in order to resolve or progress a particular issue. Current examples are the Working Group to Support Governments of Limited Means, and the Intersessional Group on Strengthening IWC Financing.


In recent years the F&A Committee has led a number of structural and procedural changes.  The IWC meeting has moved from annual to biennial: a new Bureau has been formed to oversee both the longer intersessional period and the broadening intersessional work programme; and a series of measures have been introduced to make the IWC a more transparent organisation.  New procedures introduced financial transparency, an online archiving programme has been created to allow free and open access to much of the IWC's historic and scientific  archive.

  • To read more about IWC funding arrangements, click here.