21st session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO
The planning, definition of priorities, and supervision of the execution of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) are ensured by its Intergovernmental Council. The IHP Council is composed of 36 UNESCO Member States elected by the General Conference of UNESCO at its ordinary sessions held every two years. Equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation of the representatives of the Member States are ensured in the composition of the Council. Each of UNESCO’s six electoral regions elects Member States for membership in the Council.
The IHP Council, which holds its sessional meetings once every two years, is responsible for planning the Programme, defining its priorities and supervising its execution and in particular for:
(a) Guiding and supervising from the scientific and from the organizational point of view the implementation of the programme, including the relevant activities of the Regional Offices;
(b) Studying proposals concerning developments and modifications of the Programme and also plans for its implementation;
(c) Recommending scientific projects of interest to Member States and assessing priorities among such projects;
(d) Co-coordinating international co-operation of the Member States in the framework of the Programme;
(e) Making any necessary proposals for co-coordinating the Programme with those conducted by international organizations concerned;
(f) Assisting in the development of regional and national projects related to the Programme;
(g) Taking any practical or scientific measures that may be required for the successful implementation of the Programme.
The IHP Bureau, at its 49th session (Paris, 25-26 June 2013), decided to hold the 21st session of the IHP Council in the week of 16 to 20 June 2014, with a total duration of three days.