In 1999, the Council of Foundation decided to establish an Advisory Board according to Articles 19 and 20 of the Statutes. The composition and the level of engagement have changed over the years, but the core idea has remained the same: the Advisory Board should provide the views and perspectives, knowledge and actual needs of practitioners and senior staff of mine action programmes and actors, thus contributing to the relevance of GICHD work.
Composition and status
- The Advisory Board will consist of up to twenty members who should be active in and/or closely linked to the mine action sector.
- The composition should take into account gender and diversity. At least one member should provide specific gender and diversity knowledge and experience in the development and application of diversity-sensitive policies.
- The members of the Advisory Board will be invited to join the Advisory Board by the Director of the GICHD.
- The Director of the GICHD can invite additional individuals for specific meetings, on an ad-hoc basis.
- The members will participate in their personal capacities and, as such, will not represent their governments or organisations.
- If a member is not able to attend an Advisory Board meeting, he can suggest a replacement for that particular meeting.
- The members will participate on a voluntary basis and have no legal status or responsibility.
- The term of individual membership will be four years. For special reasons, it can be extended once for two years. In specific cases like representatives of the UN, the term may cover the period of their official function.
- The Advisory Board shall ensure that an appropriate presence of members from mine action programmes, international and non-governmental organisations, and commercial companies is achieved.
- The GICHD may refund expenses for attending an Advisory Board meeting, provided that members are not able to bear such costs by themselves.
- The Advisory Board shall meet at least once a year, preferably in Geneva on the margins of important mine action meetings.
- The agenda of its meetings will be prepared by the Director of the GICHD; the members of the Advisory Board may propose agenda items.
- The Advisory Board will be chaired by the Director of the GICHD or his Deputy.
- The minutes of the meetings will be circulated to the members of the Advisory Board.
- Review the GICHD Strategy, programme strategies, the annual Work Plans, terms of reference for evaluations of GICHD activities, and other important documents which guide the operational work of the GICHD.
- Provide feedback on GICHD work from the field and the mine action community.
- Advise on need for and means of disseminating GICHD knowledge.
- Advise on trends and new areas of work in the field of mine action and humanitarian disarmament.
- Advise the Council of Foundation if required on any mine action and GICHD related matter.
Geneva, 16 December 2009