Article 23: Intergovernmental Committee
In the section of the Convention dealing with follow-up bodies and mechanisms, the establishment of an Intergovernmental Committee, and the competences and the mandate conferred to it, were a central element in the negotiation process. Obviously, the question of an executive organ, mandated by the sovereign body of the Convention—the Conference of Parties established under Article 22 — to act on its behalf and under its control, in order to “promote the objectives of this Convention and to encourage and monitor the implementation thereof” (Art. 23 para. 6 lit. a), raised a number of questions with regard to the governance and the implementation of this Convention.