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Finance and Administration Committee (F&A)

Chair: Ryan Wulff, USA

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.