Article 18

The Steering Committee will be composed of the President and the two Vice- Presidents of the Commission. The Steering Committee will be chaired by the President of the Commission. The Chair of the Steering Committee will be in regular interaction with the Support Group and will invite their representatives to attend the meetings of the Steering Committee in order to inform them of the activities of the ICDP, and to enable them to present their proposals and opinions. The Executive Director shall attend the meetings and will act as Secretary. The Steering Committee is responsible for:

Presenting to the General Assembly the strategies and activities proposed by the ICDP, the Support Group and Executive Director, which, while respecting the independence of the Commissioners, will be incorporated in the Annual Action Plan.

Approving and monitoring the implementation of the Annual Action Plan and budgets.

Reviewing and analyzing the possible implementation of activities which, while not having been contemplated in the Annual Action Plan, would contribute to attaining the objectives of the ICDP.

Providing advice to the Executive Director on general administrative policies.

Supervising the regular financial and managerial oversight of the Secretariat.

The Steering Committee will appoint the Executive Director. It can also terminate his/her contract.

Arrangement or disposition of assets.

Propose auditors.

Any other function that is not an exclusive competence of the General Assembly.

The Steering Committee will meet twice a year and will maintain a regular working relationship with the Secretariat. The Secretariat, in cooperation with the Chair of the Steering Committee, will be responsible for implementing and giving effect to the policies and decisions of the Steering Committee.

The term of office of the Steering Committee will be for a duration of three years. Their replacement is staggered so that all the members will not leave at the same time.

The quorum necessary for meetings of the Steering Committee will consist of the simple majority of its members, providing that the President of the Commission will be present. Decisions will.