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NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit restructured

At the second NOWPAP Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting (2nd EO IGM) held on 1-2 April 2015 in Seoul (Korea), member states decided to downgrade two posts in the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) following the earlier decision of reducing the number of staff members in RCU from 6 to 4 agreed at the 1st EO IGM in April 2014.  The restructured RCU will have a Coordinator at P5 level with a Programme Assistant at G6 level in RCU Toyama office and a Programme Officer at P3 level with a Team Assistant at G4 level in RCU Busan office.  Some functions lost from the RCU due to restructuring will be covered by support from UNEP Headquarters or by consultants at the cost to NOWPAP funds in the future. Recruitment of new RCU staff members will be initiated later this year and is expected to be completed by February 2016.

(released on 9 April 2015)

Preparation of 2nd extraordinary IGM

As decided by the member states at the 19th NOWPAP IGM held in October 2014, the 2nd Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting (EO IGM) will take place on 1-2 April 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.  Documents for the meeting have been prepared and shared with NOWPAP member states who will continue the discussion on the restructuring of NOWPAP RCU.

(released on 4 March 2015)

NOWPAP adopted its financial rules and procedures

Agreed upon by the member states at the 19th NOWPAP IGM, the financial rules and procedures for the NOWPAP funds have become effective since 1 January 2015.  The adoption of the rules and procedures allows NOWPAP to establish working capital reserve for NOWPAP accounts in order to guarantee the financial liquidity and integrity of the funds.  In addition, it requires certain documents to be accessible online, such as programme of work and budget, financial statements, status of pledges and contributions, and audit reports.  These documents are now available here.

(released on 4 March 2015)

NOWPAP cosponsors a session and workshops with PICES

A special topic session on indicators of emerging pollution issues in the North Pacific Ocean during the PICES 2015 annual meeting to be held in October 2015 in Qingdao, China is under preparation and NOWPAP will be a cosponsor by financially supporting several participants.  Selection of the candidate speakers is underway through NOWPAP POMRAC and coordination with PICES is undertaken by the RCU.  In addition, NOWPAP CEARAC and MERRAC will co-convene respectively two workshops on identifying major threats to marine biodiversity and ecosystems and on marine environment emergencies—detection, monitoring, response and impacts.

(released on 4 March 2015)

Lecture about NOWPAP activities at a local high school

On 14 January 2015, NOWPAP Coordinator provided a lecture to students of Takaoka High School which was designated as one of Super Global High Schools by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.  The students were lectured on marine environment issues in the Northeast Asia and NOWPAP projects addressing these issues.  Some students expressed their interest in working for the United Nations in the future.


(released on 19 January 2015)