The Regional Coordinating Committees play an invaluable role in ensuring that the work of the Commission is responsive to regional interests and to the concerns of developing countries. They normally meet at two-year intervals, with a good representation from the countries of their respective regions. Meeting reports are submitted to and discussed by the Commission. The country that chairs the Coordinating Committee is also the Regional Coordinator for the region concerned. These Committees have no standing host countries. Meetings are hosted by countries of a region on an ad hoc basis and in agreement with the Commission.
There are six Coordinating Committees, one each for the following regions:
The Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) was established at the 11th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) held in Rome, Italy, in July 1976. The first Session took place in New Delhi, India in January1977.
16th CCASIA in 2008
- Adopted the “Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2009-2014”
17th CCASIA in 2010
- Agreed to request the next Coordinator to prepare a new draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA
18th CCASIA in 2012
- Agreed with structure and 6-year timeframe,
- Agreed to establish an eWG to prepare a revised draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020 to take into consideration the new Codex Strategic Plan and the discussion at 18th CCASIA, and
- Agreed to establish a pWG to consider:
1) the revised draft Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020,
2) the comments submitted, and
3) the status of implementation of the current Strategic Plan for the CCASIA
36th CAC in 2013
- Adopted Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019
19th CCASIA in 2014
- Agreed that:
1) Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019 provided adequate guidance to CCASIA;
2) Strategic Plan for the CCASIA 2015-2020 was no longer necessary and to discontinue work on its development; and
3) the next Coordinator could use the List of Activities of Interest to CCASIA as a basis for the work of CCASIA.
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