At the Sixth Intergovernmental
Meeting, the NOWPAP Members agreed in principle
a co-hosted NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU)
in Toyama, Japan, and in Busan, Republic of Korea.
Then, the NOWPAP Members reached an agreement regarding
responsibilities for both the Toyama and Busan Offices
at the Seventh Intergovernmental Meeting. The RCU
Toyama and Busan Offices were established in November
2004. The Regional Seas Unit of UNEP (Nairobi, Kenya) functioned
as the interim secretariat for NOWPAP until the
establishment of the RCU.
The RCU is the nerve centre directing and promoting
the NOWPAP activities. It has overall responsibility
for the implementation of the NOWPAP Members' decisions
the operation of the Action Plan. The RCU maintains
close contacts with and supports the work of the
Regional Activity Centres (RACs). Establishing cooperative
relationships with other international organizations
is also an important mission of the RCU.