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NGO Teams on IssuesThe CICC monitors a wide range of issues relating to the work of the ICC through issue-specific teams and working groups comprised of NGO representatives.
Currently these include topics such as:
- Budget and Finance
- Building - ICC Premises
- Communications and Outreach
- Cooperation, including relationship, headquarters and other bilateral agreements
- Elections of ICC and ASP officials
- Gender Justice
- Legal Representation
- Trust Fund for Victims
- Strategic Plan
- ASP Oversight
The key purpose of the teams is to help coordinate and focus the input of member NGOs on particular issues, and facilitate the efficient division of labor among NGO experts. Most teams have a designated leader and CICC Secretariat focal point that helps coordinate the work. Teams operate on principles of collaboration and transparency, and respect the diversity, mandates and independence of members. Teams monitor key developments related to their particular area of focus and recommend strategies to be considered by the Coalition as a whole or by individual members.
The Coalition’s team structure developed informally during the 1995-1998 Ad Hoc and Preparatory Committee meetings leading up to the Rome Conference. The structure was formally implemented during the Rome Conference during which 13 teams monitored various aspects of the Statute, the Final Act and the Preamble. Throughout the Preparatory Commissions and the Assembly of States Parties, the teams worked in conjunction with the Coalition’s Steering Committee; sectoral caucuses and working groups such as the Faith and Ethics Network and the Victims’ Rights Working Group; regional teams on such issues as ratification and implementation; and regional and national networks.
- Membership in these teams is open to all CICC members
- CICC members participate by assigning staff members and affiliated experts to represent the organization
- Membership involves active participation
- Most of the communication takes place via email in English, with the exception of ASP-related meetings
- Members are expected to respect confidentiality within the team
The teams have strengthened the work of the CICC by:
- Providing a forum for improved information sharing and strategic consultations among members
- Updating CICC members on an ongoing basis
- Facilitating a timely and consultative drafting process for papers that reflect major developments and work by the states parties and the ASP Bureau
- Informing discussions on crosscutting issues
The Coalition wishes to involve our wider membership in the teams and invites all members interested in these issues and willing to be actively engaged to contact us at: [email protected].