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How does the PSSC Operate?

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The administrative and financial organizational scheme of the PSSC Programme, are described in the Regulations of the PSSC, agreed upon in a special meeting of the Joint Committee of the Sustainable Development Agreements, 18 and 19 of May 2005, at The Hague.

The Regulations of the PSSC plus the Handbook of procedures set up of the administrative structure that allows PSSC activities to be implemented.

The figure below describes the PSSC organizational structure: Joint Committee, the Management Board, the Secretariat and the National Mechanisms (NMs).

› PSSC organizational structure

PSSC organizational structure Joint Committee Management Board PSSC Secretariat Benin Bhutan Costa Rica

› Joint Committee

The Joint Committee of The Partners in South-South Cooperation on Sustainable Development (PSSC) is comprised of the high level representatives from each partner country, and provides political support and policy directions to enhance implementation of the PSSC. The Joint Committee is required to meet at least once every two years. The Representatives of the government of the Netherlands are invited to the Joint Committee meetings.

› Management board

The Management Board (MB) of The Partners in South-South Cooperation on Sustainable Development (PSSC) is comprised of three directors or formally appointed representatives of the National Mechanisms for Sustainable Development in Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica.

Although governmental representatives and additional delegates from each country may participate in the Meetings, each partner country has only one vote. Decisions are made on a minimum of two votes but a consensus is preferred. The MB meets twice a year and the Meetings are held in English.

The MB decides on the policies governing the PSSC and on the allocation of funds to PSSC projects and components. The MB jointly appraises funding to proposals submitted by the National Mechanisms, which are evaluated against set criteria and policies.

Members

  • Mr. Mauricio Castro: Head of Costa Rica delegation
  • Mr. Mathias Pofagi: Head of the Beninese delegation
  • Mr. Rinchen Wangdi: Head of Bhutanese delegation

› PSSC Secretariat

As administrator of the Partners in South-South Cooperation on Sustainable Development (PSSC) Fund, the National Mechanism of Costa Rica will provide the PSSC Secretariat (Fundecooperación). Tasks of the PSSC Secretariat include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing the decisions taken by the Management Board (MB).
  • Monitoring the progress of PSSC implementation.
  • Preparing and managing MB and Joint Committee meetings.
  • Arranging the transfer-of funds for approved projects of the National Mechanisms concerned, on the basis of disbursement request, within the reasonable funding limits.
  • Checking plans, proposals and reports against set criteria and policies before submitting them, with comments and recommendations to the MB members.
  • Preparing consolidated PSSC multi-year, annual plans, multi-year and annual reports, and ensuring annual auditing takes place.
  • Keeping documentation, the bulletin and website up to date.

Contact

Ms. Marianella Feoli
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› National Mechanism

The National Mechanisms for Sustainable Development (NM), designated by the governments of Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica, and properly assessed of their administrative and management capacity, will act as the key players for the PSSC at the national level.

National Mechanisms are:

National Mechanism - Costa Rica
Fundecooperación para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Member: Mauricio Castro
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Executive Director

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National Mechanism - Benin
Centre de Partenariat et d’Expertise pour le Développement Durable

Member: Mathias Pofagi
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National Mechanism - Bhutan
Sustainable Development Secretariat (SDS)

Member: Rinchen Wangdi
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