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Advisory Committee of The Vienna Convention Trust Fund for Research and Systematic Observation

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Launch of an ozonesonde from the roof of the Neumayer III station in Antarctica during stormy weather conditions.

Photo Credit: Stefan Christmann

The Advisory Committee of the Vienna Convention Trust Fund for Research and Systematic Observation was constituted in response to paragraph 2 of decision VCX/3 of the Conference of the Parties at its tenth meeting held in Paris, France, 17-21 November 2014.  A key role of the Committee is to review the activities under the Vienna Convention Trust Fund for Research and Systematic Observation.


The Committee’s mandate is to:

(a) To develop a long-term strategy and implementation objectives and priorities in the light of the four overarching goals identified by the Ozone Research Managers at their ninth meeting;

(b) To develop a short-term action plan that takes into account the most urgent needs of the Global Ozone Observing System and which will make the best possible use of the resources available in the Trust Fund;

(c) To ensure quality control of the individual project proposals developed under the Trust Fund, striving for regional balance in the projects supported by the Fund and identifying possibilities for complementary funding to maximize its resources;

The Committee consists of 10 members and one observer, comprising two co-chairs of the Scientific Assessment Panel, the two co-chairs of the Ozone Research Managers, one representative of the Ozone Secretariat, up to five scientists and experts in ozone observations, and one representative of the World Meteorological Organization as an observer.

The Committee convenes electronically or in the margins of relevant meetings. It adopted its Terms of Reference at its second meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2016.