INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER AGREEMENT (1983) Entry into Force: 1
April 1985, provisionally
The Parties to this Agreement,
Recalling the Declaration and the Programme of Action on the Establishment
of a New International Economic Order adopted by the General Assembly,
Recalling resolutions 93 (IV) and 124 (V) on the Integrated Programme for
Commodities adopted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at
its fourth and fifth sessions,
Recognizing the importance of, and the need for, proper and effective
conservation and development of tropical timber forests with a view to ensuring
their optimum utilization while maintaining the ecological balance of the
regions concerned and of the biosphere,
Recognizing the importance of tropical timber to the economies of members,
particularly to the exports of producing members and the supply requirements of
Desiring to establish a framework of international co-operation between
producing and consuming members in finding solutions to the problems facing the
tropical timber economy,
Have agreed as follows:
With a view to achieving the relevant objectives adopted by the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development in its resolutions 93 (IV) and 124
(V) on the Integrated Programme for Commodities, for the benefit of both
producing and consuming members and bearing in mind the sovereignty of producing
members over their natural resources, the objectives of the International
Tropical Timber Agreement, 1983 (hereinafter referred to as "this Agreement")
(a) To provide an effective framework for cooperation and consultation
between tropical timber producing and consuming members with regard to all
relevant aspects of the tropical timber economy;
(b) To promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in
tropical timber and the improvement of structural conditions in the tropical
timber market, by taking into account, on the one hand, a long-term increase in
consumption and continuity of supplies, and, on the other, prices which are
remunerative to producers and equitable for consumers, and the improvement of
(c) To promote and support research and development with a view to improving
forest management and wood utilization;
(d) To improve market intelligence with a view to ensuring greater
transparency in the international tropical timber market;
(e) To encourage increased and further processing of tropical timber in
producing member countries with a view to promoting their industrialization and
thereby increasing their export earnings;
(f) To encourage members to support and develop industrial tropical timber
reforestation and forest management activities;
(g) To improve marketing and distribution of tropical timber exports of
(h) To encourage the development of national policies aimed at sustainable
utilization and conservation of tropical forests and their genetic resources,
and at maintaining the ecological balance in the regions concerned.
Chapter II DEFINITIONS Article 2 DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of this Agreement:
- "Tropical timber" means non-coniferous tropical wood for
industrial uses, which grows or is produced in the countries situated between
the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The term covers logs,
sawnwood, veneer sheets and plywood. Plywood which includes in some measure
conifers of tropical origin shall also be covered by this definition.
- "Further processing" means the transformation of logs into
primary wood products, semi-finished and finished products made wholly or almost
wholly of tropical timber.
- "Member" means a Government or an intergovernmental organization
referred to in article 5 which has consented to be bound by this Agreement
whether it is in force provisionally or definitively.
- "Producing member" means any country with tropical forest
resources and/or a net exporter of tropical timber in volume terms which is
listed in annex A and which becomes a party to this Agreement, or any country
with tropical forest resources and/or a net exporter of tropical timber in
volume terms which is not so listed and which becomes a party to this Agreement
and which the Council, with the consent of that country, declares to be a
- "Consuming member" means any country listed in annex B which
becomes a party to this Agreement, or any country not so listed which becomes a
party to this Agreement and which the Council, with the consent of that country,
declares to be a consuming member.
- "Organization" means the International Tropical Timber
Organization established in accordance with article 3.
- "Council" means the International Tropical Timber Council
established in accordance with article 6.
- "Special vote" means a vote requiring at least two thirds of the
votes cast by producing members present and voting and at least 60 per cent of
the votes cast by consuming members present and voting, counted separately, on
condition that these votes are cast by at least half of the producing members
present and voting and at least half of the consuming members present and
- "Simple distributed majority vote" means a vote requiring more
than half of the votes cast by producing members present and voting and more
than half of the votes cast by consuming members present and voting, counted
- "Financial year" means the period from 1 January to 31 December
- "Freely usable currencies" means the Deutsche mark, the French
franc, the Japanese yen, the pound sterling, the United States dollar and any
other currency which has been designated from time to time by a competent
international monetary organization as being in fact widely used to make
payments for international transactions and widely traded in the principal
ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
ESTABLISHMENT, HEADQUARTERS AND STRUCTURE
OF THE INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION
- The International Tropical Timber Organization is hereby established to
administer the provisions and supervise the operation of this Agreement.
- The Organization shall function through the International Tropical Timber
Council established under article 6, the committees and other subsidiary bodies
referred to in article 24, and the Executive Director and staff.
- The Council shall, at its first session, decide on the location of the
headquarters of the Organization.
- The headquarters of the Organization shall at all times be located in the
territory of a member.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE ORGANIZATION
There shall be two categories of membership in the Organization, namely:
(a) Producing; and
MEMBERSHIP BY INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Any reference in this Agreement to "Governments" shall be
construed as including the European Economic Community and any other
intergovernmental organization having responsibilities in respect of the
negotiation, conclusion and application of international agreements, in
particular commodity agreements. Accordingly, any reference in this Agreement to
signature, ratification, acceptance or approval, or to notification of
provisional application, or to accession shall, in the case of such
intergovernmental organizations, be construed as including a reference to
signature, ratification, acceptance or approval, or to notification of
provisional application, or to accession, by such intergovernmental
- In the case of voting on matters within their competence, such
intergovernmental organizations shall vote with a number of votes equal to the
total number of votes attributable to their member States in accordance with
article 10. In such cases the member States of such intergovernmental
organizations shall not be entitled to exercise their individual voting rights.
INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER COUNCIL
COMPOSITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER COUNCIL
- The highest authority of the Organization shall be the International
Tropical Timber Council, which shall consist of all the members of the
- Each member shall be represented in the Council by one representative and
may designate alternates and advisers to attend sessions of the Council.
- An alternate representative shall be empowered to act and vote on behalf
of the representative during the latter's absence or in special circumstances.
POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
- The Council shall exercise all such powers and perform or arrange for the
performance of all such functions as are necessary to carry out the provisions
of this Agreement.
- The Council shall, by special vote, adopt such rules and regulations as
are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Agreement, including its own
rules of procedure and the financial and staff regulations of the Organization.
Such financial regulations shall, infer alia, govern the receipt and expenditure
of funds under the Administrative and Special Accounts. The Council may, in its
rules of procedure, provide for a procedure whereby it may, without meeting,
decide specific questions.
- The Council shall keep such records as are required for the performance of
its functions under this Agreement.
CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL
- The Council shall elect for each calendar year a Chairman and a
Vice-Chairman, whose salaries shall not be paid by the Organization.
- The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman shall be elected, one from among the
representatives of producing members and the other from among the
representatives of consuming members. These offices shall alternate each year
between the two categories of members, provided, however, that this shall not
prohibit the re-election of either or both under exceptional circumstances, by
special vote of the Council.
- In the temporary absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall act in
his place. In the temporary absence of both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman,
or in the absence of one or both of them for the rest of the term for which they
were elected, the Council may elect new officers from among the representatives
of the producing members and/or from among the representatives of the consuming
members, as the case may be, on a temporary basis or for the rest of the term
for which the predecessor or predecessors were elected.
SESSIONS OF THE COUNCIL
- As a general rule, the Council shall hold at least one regular session a
- The Council shall meet in special session whenever it so decides or at the
(a) The Executive Director, in agreement with the Chairman of the Council;
(b) A majority of producing members or a majority of consuming members; or
(c) Members holding at least 500 votes.
3. Sessions of the Council shall be held at the headquarters of the
Organization unless the Council, by special vote, decides otherwise. If on the
invitation of any member the Council meets elsewhere than at the headquarters of
the Organization, that member shall pay the additional cost of holding the
meeting away from headquarters.
4. Notice of any sessions and the agenda for such sessions shall be
communicated to members by the Executive Director at least six weeks in advance
except in cases of emergency, when notice shall be communicated at least seven
days in advance.
DISTRIBUTION OF VOTES
- The producing members shall together hold 1,000 votes and the consuming
members shall together hold 1,000 votes.
- The votes of the producing members shall be distributed as follows:
(a) Four hundred votes shall be distributed equally among the three
producing regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The votes thus
allocated to each of these regions shall then be distributed equally among the
producing members of that region;
(b) Three hundred votes shall be distributed among the producing members in
accordance with their respective shares of the total tropical forest resources
of all producing members; and
(c) Three hundred votes shall be distributed among the producing members in
proportion to the average of the values of their respective net exports of
tropical timber during the most recent three-year period for which definitive
figures are available.
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2 of this article, the total
votes allocated to the producing members from the African region, calculated in
accordance with paragraph 2 of this article, shall be distributed equally among
all producing members from the African region. If there are any remaining votes,
each of these votes shall be allocated to a producing member from the African
region: the first to the producing member which is allocated the highest number
of votes calculated in accordance with paragraph 2 of this article the second to
the producing member which is allocated the second highest number of votes, and
so on until all the remaining votes have been distributed.
4. For purposes of the calculation of the distribution of votes under
paragraph 2 (b) of this article, "tropical forest resources" means
productive closed broadleaved forests as defined by the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
5. The votes of the consuming members shall be distributed as follows: each
consuming member shall have 10 initial votes, the remaining votes shall be
distributed among the consuming members in proportion to the average volume of
their respective net imports of tropical timber during the three-year period
commencing four calendar years prior to the distribution of votes.
6. The Council shall distribute the votes for each financial year at the
beginning of its first session of that year in accordance with the provisions of
this article. Such distribution shall remain in effect for the rest of that
year, except as provided for in paragraph 7 of this article.
7. Whenever the membership of the Organization changes or when any member
has its voting rights suspended or restored under any provision of this
Agreement, the Council shall redistribute the votes within the affected category
or categories of members in accordance with the provisions of this article. The
Council shall, in that event, decide when such redistribution shall become
8. There shall be no fractional votes.
VOTING PROCEDURE OF THE COUNCIL
- Each member shall be entitled to cast the number of votes it holds and no
member shall be entitled to divide its votes. A member may, however, cast
differently from such votes any votes which it is authorized to cast under
paragraph 2 of this article.
- By written notification to the Chairman of the Council, any producing
member may authorize, under its own responsibility, any other producing member,
and any consuming member may authorize, under its own responsibility, any other
consuming member, to represent its interests and to cast its votes at any
meeting of the Council.
- When abstaining, a member shall be deemed not to have cast its votes.
DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COUNCIL
- The Council shall endeavour to take all decisions and to make all
recommendations by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, the Council shall
take all decisions and make all recommendations by a simple distributed majority
vote, unless this Agreement provides for a special vote.
- Where a member avails itself of the provisions of article 11, paragraph 2,
and its votes are cast at a meeting of the Council, such member shall, for the
purposes of paragraph 1 of this article, be considered as present and voting.
QUORUM FOR THE COUNCIL
- The quorum for any meeting of the Council shall be the presence of a
majority of producing members and a majority of consuming members, provided that
such members hold at least two thirds of the total votes in their respective
- If there is no quorum in accordance with paragraph 1 of this article on
the day fixed for the meeting and on the following day, the quorum on the
subsequent days of the session shall be the presence of a majority of producing
members and a majority of consuming members, provided that such members hold a
majority of the total votes in their respective categories.
- Representation in accordance with article 11, paragraph 2, shall be
considered as presence.
CO-OPERATION AND CO-ORDINATION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
- The Council shall make whatever arrangements are appropriate for
consultation or co-operation with the United Nations and its organs, such as the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the
International Trade Centre UNCTAD/GATT (ITC), and with the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and such other specialized agencies of
the United Nations and intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental
organizations as may be appropriate.
- The Organization shall, to the maximum extent possible, utilize the
facilities, services and expertise of existing intergovernmental, governmental
or nongovernmental organizations, in order to avoid duplication of efforts in
achieving the objectives of this Agreement and to enhance the complementarity
and the efficiency of their activities.
ADMISSION OF OBSERVERS
The Council may invite any non-member Government or any of the organizations
referred to in articles 14, 20 and 27 concerned with tropical timber to attend
as observers any of the meetings of the Council.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND STAFF
- The Council shall, by special vote, appoint the Executive Director.
- The terms and conditions of appointment of the Executive Director shall be
determined by the Council.
- The Executive Director shall be the chief administrative officer of the
Organization and shall be responsible to the Council for the administration and
operation of this Agreement in accordance with decisions of the Council.
- The Executive Director shall appoint the staff in accordance with
regulations to be established by the Council. At its first session, the Council
shall, by special vote, decide the number of executive and professional staff
the Executive Director may appoint. Any changes in the number of executive and
professional staff shall be decided by the Council by special vote. The staff
shall be responsible to the Executive Director.
- Neither the Executive Director nor any member of the staff shall have any
financial interest in the tropical timber industry or trade, or associated
- In the performance of their duties, the Executive Director and staff shall
not seek or receive instructions from any member or from any authority external
to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might reflect on
their positions as international officials ultimately responsible to the
Council. Each member shall respect the exclusively international character of
the responsibilities of the Executive Director and staff and shall not seek to
influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Chapter V PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES
Article 17 PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES
- The Organization shall have legal personality. It shall in particular have
the capacity to contract, to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable
property, and to institute legal proceedings.
- The Organization shall, as soon as possible after the entry into force of
this Agreement, seek to conclude with the Government of the country in which the
headquarters of the Organization is to be located (hereinafter referred to as
the "host Government") an agreement (hereinafter referred to as the "Headquarters
Agreement") relating to such status, privileges and immunities of the
Organization, of its Executive Director, its staff and experts, and of
representatives of members, as are necessary for the purpose of discharging
- Pending the conclusion of the Headquarters Agreement referred to in
paragraph 2 of this article, the Organization shall request the host Government
to grant, within the limits of its national legislation, exemption from taxation
on remuneration paid by the Organization to its employees, and on the assets
income and other property of the Organization.
- The Organization may also conclude, with one or more countries, agreements
to be approved by the Council relating to such capacity, privileges and
immunities as may be necessary for the proper functioning of this Agreement.
- If the headquarters of the Organization is moved to another country, the
member in question shall, as soon as possible, conclude with the Organization a
headquarters agreement to be approved by the Council.
- The Headquarters Agreement shall be independent of this Agreement. It
shall, however, terminate:
(a) By agreement between the host Government and the Organization;
(b) In the event of the headquarters of the Organization being moved from
the country of the host Government; or
(c) In the event of the Organization ceasing to exist.
1. There shall be established two accounts:
(a) The Administrative Account; and
(b) The Special Account.
2. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the administration of
these accounts and the Council shall make provision in its rules of procedure
- The expenses necessary for the administration of this Agreement shall be
brought into the Administrative Account and shall be met by annual contributions
paid by members in accordance with their respective constitutional or
institutional procedures and assessed in accordance with paragraphs 3, 4 and 5
of this article.
- The expenses of delegations to the Council, the committees and any other
subsidiary bodies of the Council referred to in article 24 shall be met by the
members concerned. In cases where a member requests special services from the
Organization, the Council shall require that member to pay the costs of such
- Before the end of each financial year, the Council shall approve the
administrative budget of the Organization for the following financial year and
shall assess the contribution of each member to that budget.
- The contribution of each member to the administrative budget for each
financial year shall be in the proportion which the number of its votes at the
time the administrative budget for that financial year is approved bears to the
total votes of all the members. In assessing contributions, the votes of each
member shall be calculated without regard to the suspension of any member's
voting rights or any redistribution of votes resulting therefrom.
- The initial contribution of any member joining the Organization after the
entry into force of this Agreement shall be assessed by the Council on the basis
of the number of votes to be held by that member and the period remaining in the
current financial year, but the assessment made upon other members from the
current financial year shall not thereby be altered.
- Contributions to the first administrative budget shall become due on a
date to be decided by the Council at its first session. Contributions to
subsequent administrative budgets shall become due on the first day of each
financial year. Contributions of members in respect of the financial year in
which they join the Organization shall be due on the date on which they become
- If a member has not paid its full contribution to the administrative
budget within four months after such contribution becomes due in accordance with
paragraph 6 of this article, the Executive Director shall request that member to
make payment as quickly as possible. If that member has still not paid its
contribution within two months after such request, that member shall be
requested to state the reasons for its inability to make payment. If at the
expiry of seven months from the due date of contribution, that member has still
not paid its contribution, its voting rights shall be suspended and an interest
charge shall be levied on its late contribution at the central bank rate of the
host country until such time as it has paid in full its contribution, unless the
Council, by special vote, decides otherwise.
- A member whose rights have been suspended under paragraph 7 of this
article shall remain liable to pay its contribution.
1. There shall be established two sub-accounts under the Special Account:
(a) The Pre-Project Sub-Account; and
(b) The Project Sub-Account.
2. The possible sources of finance for the Special Account shall be:
(a) The Second Account of the Common Fund for Commodities, when it becomes
(b) Regional and international financial institutions; and
(c) Voluntary contributions.
3. The resources of the Special Account shall be used only for approved
projects or for pre-project activities.
4. All expenditures under the Pre-Project SubAccount shall be reimbursed
from the Project SubAccount if projects are subsequently approved and funded. If
within six months of entry into force of this Agreement the Council does not
receive any funds for the Pre-Project Sub-Account, it shall review the situation
and take appropriate action.
5. All receipts pertaining to specific identifiable projects shall be
brought into the Special Account. All expenditures incurred on such projects,
including remuneration and travel expenses of consultants and experts, shall be
charged to the Special Account.
6. The Council shall, by special vote, establish terms and conditions on
which it would, when and where appropriate, sponsor projects for loan financing
where a member or members have voluntarily assumed full obligations and
responsibilities for such loans. The Organization shall have no obligations for
7. The Council may nominate and sponsor any entity with the consent of that
entity, including a member or members, to receive loans for the financing of
approved projects and to undertake all the obligations involved, except that the
Organization shall reserve to itself the right to monitor the use of resources
and to follow up on the implementation of projects so financed. However, the
Organization shall not be responsible for guarantees voluntarily provided by
individual members or other entities.
8. No member shall be responsible by reason of its membership in the
Organization for any liability arising from borrowing or lending by any other
member or entity in connection with projects.
9. In the event that voluntary unearmarked funds are offered to the
Organization, the Council may accept such funds. Such funds may be utilized for
pre-project activities as well as for approved projects.
10. The Executive Director shall endeavour to seek, on such terms and
conditions as the Council may decide, adequate and assured finance for projects
approved by the Council.
11. Contributions for specified approved projects shall be used only for the
projects for which they were originally intended, unless otherwise decided by
the Council in agreement with the contributor. After the completion of a
project, the Organization shall return to each contributor for specific projects
the balance of any funds remaining pro rata to each contributor's share in the
total of the contributions originally made available for financing that project,
unless otherwise agreed to by the contributor.
FORMS OF PAYMENT
- Contributions to the Administrative Account shall be payable in freely
usable currencies and shall be exempt from foreign-exchange restrictions.
- Financial contributions to the Special Account shall be payable in freely
usable currencies and shall be exempt from foreign-exchange restrictions.
- The Council may also decide to accept other forms of contributions to the
Special Account, including scientific and technical equipment or personnel, to
meet the requirements of approved projects.
AUDIT AND PUBLICATION OF ACCOUNTS
- The Council shall appoint independent auditors for the purpose of auditing
the accounts of the Organization.
- Independently audited statements of the Administrative Account and of the
Special Account shall be made available to members as soon as possible after the
close of each financial year, but not later than six months after that date, and
be considered for approval by the Council at its next session, as appropriate. A
summary of the audited accounts and balance sheet shall thereafter be published.
Chapter VII OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
- All project proposals shall be submitted to the Organization by members
and shall be examined by the relevant committee.
- In order to achieve the objectives set out in article 1, the Council shall
examine all project proposals in the fields of research and development market
intelligence, further and increased processing in developing producing member
countries, and reforestation and forest management, together with the
recommendation submitted by the relevant committee; such project proposals based
on tropical timber as defined in article 2, paragraph 1, may encompass tropical
timber products other than those listed in article 2, paragraph 1. This
provision shall also apply, where relevant, to the functions of the committees
as set forth in article 25.
- On the basis of the criteria set out in paragraph 6 or paragraph 7 of this
article, the Council shall, by special vote, approve projects for financing or
sponsorship in accordance with article 20.
- The Council shall, on a continuing basis, arrange for the implementation
of, and with a view to ensuring their effectiveness follow up, approved
- Research and development projects should relate to at least one of the
following five areas:
(a) Wood utilization, including the utilization of lesser-known and
(b) Natural forest development;
(c) Reforestation development;
(d) Harvesting, logging infrastructure, training of technical personnel;
(e) Institutional framework, national planning.
6. Projects on research and development approved by the Council shall be
consistent with each of the following criteria:
(a) They should be related to the production and utilization of industrial
(b) They should yield benefits to the tropical timber economy as a whole and
be relevant to producing as well as consuming members;
(c) They should be related to the maintenance and expansion of the
international tropical timber trade;
(d) They should offer reasonable prospects for positive economic returns in
relation to costs; and
(e) They shall make maximum use of existing research institutions and, to
the greatest extent possible, avoid duplication of efforts.
7. Projects in the fields of market intelligence further and increased
processing, and reforestation and forest management, should be consistent with
criterion (b) and, as far as possible, consistent with criteria (a), (c), (d)
and (e) as contained in paragraph 6 of this article.
8. The Council shall decide on the relative priorities of projects, taking
into account the interests and characteristics of each of the producing regions.
Initially, the Council shall give priority to research and development project
profiles as endorsed by the Sixth Preparatory Meeting on Tropical Timber under
the Integrated Programme for Commodities and to such other projects as the
Council may approve.
9. The Council may, by special vote, terminate its sponsorship of any
ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEES
1. The following committees are hereby established as permanent committees
of the Organization:
(a) Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence;
(b) Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management; and
(c) Committee on Forest Industry.
2. The Council may, by special vote, establish such other committees and
subsidiary bodies as it deems appropriate and necessary.
3. The committees and subsidiary bodies referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of
this article shall be responsible to, and work under the general direction of,
the Council. Meetings of the committees and subsidiary bodies shall be convened
by the Council.
4. Participation in each of the committees shall be open to all members. The
rules of procedure of the committees shall be decided by the Council.
FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEES
1. The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence shall:
(a) Keep under review the availability and quality of statistics and other
information required by the Organization;
(b) Analyze the statistical data and specific indicators as identified in
annex C for the monitoring of international tropical timber trade;
(c) Keep under continuous review the international tropical timber market,
its current situation and short-term prospects on the basis of the data
mentioned in subparagraph (b) above and other relevant information;
(d) Make recommendations to the Council on the need for, and nature of,
appropriate studies on tropical timber, including long-term prospects of the
international tropical timber market, and monitor and review any studies
commissioned by the Council;
(e) Carry out any other tasks related to the economic, technical and
statistical aspects of tropical timber assigned to it by the Council;
(f) Assist in the provision of technical co-operation to producing members
to improve their relevant statistical services.
2. The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management shall:
(a) Keep under regular review the support and assistance being provided at a
national and international level for reforestation and forest management for the
production of industrial tropical timber;
(b) Encourage the increase of technical assistance to national programmes
for reforestation and forest management;
(c) Assess the requirements and identify all possible sources of financing
for reforestation and forest management;
(d) Review regularly future needs of international trade in industrial
tropical timber and, on this basis, identify and consider appropriate possible
schemes and measures in the field of reforestation and forest management;
(e) Facilitate transfer of knowledge in the field of reforestation and
forest management with the assistance of competent organizations;
(f) Co-ordinate and harmonize these activities for co-operation in the field
of reforestation and forest management with the relevant activities pursued
elsewhere, such as those under FAO, UNEP, the World Bank, regional banks and
other competent organizations.
3. The Committee on Forest Industry shall:
(a) Promote co-operation between producing and consuming members as partners
in the development of processing activities in producing member countries, inter
alia, in the following areas:
(i) Transfer of technology
(iii) Standardization of nomenclature of tropical timber
(iv) Harmonization of specifications of processed products;
(v) Encouragement of investment and joint ventures; and
(b) Promote exchange of information in order to facilitate structural
changes involved in increased and further processing in the interests of both
producing and consuming members;
(c) Monitor ongoing activities in this field, and identify and consider
problems and possible solutions to them in co-operation with the competent
(d) Encourage the increase of technical assistance to national programmes
for the processing of tropical timber.
4. Research and development shall be a common function of the committees
established under article 24, paragraph 1.
5. In view of the close relationship between research and development,
reforestation and forest management, increased and further processing, and
market intelligence, each of the permanent committees, in addition to carrying
out the functions assigned to it above, shall, with regard to project proposals
referred to it, including those on research and development in its area of
(a) Consider and technically appraise and evaluate project proposals;
(b) In accordance with general guidelines established by the Council, decide
on and implement pre-project activities necessary for making recommendations on
project proposals to the Council;
(c) Identify possible sources of finance for projects referred to in article
20, paragraph 2;
(d) Follow up the implementation of projects and provide for the collection
and dissemination of the results of projects as widely as possible for the
benefit of all members;
(e) Make recommendations to the Council relating to projects;
(f) Carry out any other tasks related to projects assigned to it by the
6. In carrying out these common functions, each committee shall take into
account the need to strengthen the training of personnel in producing member
countries; to consider and propose modalities for organizing or strengthening
the research and development activities and capacities of members, particularly
producing members; and to promote the transfer of research know-how and
techniques among members, particularly among producing members.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMON FUND FOR COMMODITIES
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMON FUND FOR COMMODITIES
When the Common Fund becomes operational, the Organization shall take full
advantage of the facilities of the Second Account of the Common Fund according
to the principles set out in the Agreement establishing the Common Fund for
STATISTICS, STUDIES AND INFORMATION
STATISTICS, STUDIES AND INFORMATION
- The Council shall establish close relationships with appropriate
intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in order to
help ensure the availability of recent and reliable data and information on all
factors concerning tropical timber. The Organization, in co-operation with such
organizations, shall compile, collate and, as necessary, publish such
statistical information on production, supply, trade, stocks, consumption and
market prices of tropical timber, and on related areas, as is necessary for the
operation of this Agreement.
- Members shall, to the fullest extent possible not inconsistent with their
national legislation, furnish, within a reasonable time, statistics and
information on tropical timber requested by the Council.
- The Council shall arrange to have any necessary studies undertaken of the
trends and of short- and long-term problems of the world tropical timber market.
- The Council shall ensure that information furnished by members shall not
be used in such a manner as to prejudice the confidentiality of the operations
of persons or companies producing, processing or marketing tropical timber.
ANNUAL REPORT AND REVIEW
- The Council shall, within six months after the close of each calendar
year, publish an annual report on its activities and such other information as
it considers appropriate.
- The Council shall annually review and assess the world tropical timber
situation and exchange views on the outlook for, and other issues closely
related to, the world tropical timber economy, including ecological and
- The review shall be carried out in the light of:
(a) Information supplied by members in relation to national production,
trade, supply, stocks, consumption and prices of tropical timber;
(b) Statistical data and specific indicators provided by members on the
areas listed in annex C; and
(c) Such other relevant information as may be available to the Council
either directly or through the appropriate organizations in the United Nations
system and appropriate intergovernmental, governmental or non-governmental
4. The results of the review shall be included in the reports of the
Article 29 COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES
Any complaint that a member has failed to fulfil its obligations under this
Agreement and any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this
Agreement shall be referred to the Council for decision. Decisions of the
Council on these matters shall be final and binding.
GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS
- Members shall for the duration of this Agreement use their best endeavours
and co-operate to promote the attainment of its objectives and to avoid any
action contrary thereto.
- Members undertake to accept as binding decisions of the Council under the
provisions of this Agreement and shall seek to refrain from implementing
measures which would have the effect of limiting or running counter to them.
RELIEF FROM OBLIGATIONS
- Where it is necessary on account of exceptional circumstances or emergency
or force majeure not expressly provided for in this Agreement, the Council may,
by special vote, relieve a member of an obligation under this Agreement if it is
satisfied by an explanation from that member regarding the reasons why the
obligation cannot be met.
- The Council in granting relief to a member under paragraph i of this
article, shall state explicitly the terms and conditions on which, and the
period for which, the member is relieved of such obligation, and the reasons for
which the relief is granted.
DIFFERENTIAL AND REMEDIAL MEASURES AND SPECIAL MEASURES
- Developing importing members whose interests are adversely affected by
measures taken under this Agreement may apply to the Council for appropriate
differential and remedial measures. The Council shall consider taking
appropriate measures in accordance with section III paragraphs 3 and 4, of
resolution 93 (IV) of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
- Members in the category of least developed countries as defined by the
United Nations may apply to the Council for special measures in accordance with
section III, paragraph 4, of resolution 93 (IV) and with paragraph 82 of the
Substantial New Programme of Action for the 1980s for the Least Developed
Chapter XI FINAL PROVISIONS
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is hereby designated as the
depositary of this Agreement.
SIGNATURE, RATIFICATION, ACCEPTANCE AND APPROVAL
- This Agreement shall be open for signature at United Nations Headquarters
from 2 January 1984 until one month after the date of its entry into force by
Governments invited to the United Nations Conference on Tropical Timber, 1983.
- Any Government referred to in paragraph 1 of this article may:
(a) At the time of signing this Agreement, declare that by such signature it
expresses its consent to be bound by this Agreement (definitive signature); or
(b) After signing this Agreement, ratify, accept or approve it by the
deposit of an instrument to that effect with the depositary.
- This Agreement shall be open for accession by the Governments of all
States upon conditions established by the Council, which shall include a
time-limit for the deposit of instruments of accession. The Council may,
however, grant extensions of time to Governments which are unable to accede by
the time-limit set in the conditions of accession.
- Accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of accession
with the depositary.
NOTIFICATION OF PROVISIONAL APPLICATION
A signatory Government which intends to ratify, accept or approve this
Agreement, or a Government for which the Council has established conditions for
accession but which has not yet been able to deposit its instrument, may, at any
time, notify the depositary that it will apply this Agreement provisionally
either when it enters into force in accordance with article 37, or, if it is
already in force, at a specified date.
ENTRY INTO FORCE
- This Agreement shall enter into force definitively on 1 October 1984 or on
any date thereafter, if 12 Governments of producing countries holding at least
55 per cent of the total votes as set out in annex A to this Agreement, and 16
Governments of consuming countries holding at least 70 per cent of the total
votes as set out in annex B to this Agreement have signed this Agreement
definitively or have ratified, accepted or approved it or acceded thereto
pursuant to article 34, paragraph 2, or article 35.
- If this Agreement has not entered into force definitively on 1 October
1984, it shall enter into force provisionally on that date or on any date within
six months thereafter, if 10 Governments of producing countries holding at least
50 per cent of the total votes as set out in annex A to this Agreement and 14
Governments of consuming countries holding at least 65 per cent of the total
votes as set out in annex B to this Agreement, have signed this Agreement
definitively or have ratified, accepted or approved it pursuant to article 34,
paragraph 2, or have notified the depositary under article 36 that they will
apply this Agreement provisionally.
- If the requirements for entry into force under paragraph 1 or paragraph 2
of this article have not been met on 1 April 1985, the Secretary-General of the
United Nations shall invite those Governments which have signed this Agreement
definitively or have ratified, accepted or approved it pursuant to article 34,
paragraph 2, or have notified the depositary that they will apply this Agreement
provisionally, to meet at the earliest time practicable to decide whether to put
this Agreement into force provisionally or definitively among themselves in
whole or in part. Governments which decide to put this Agreement into force
provisionally among themselves may meet from time to time to review the
situation and decide whether this Agreement shall enter into force definitively
- For any Government which has not notified the depositary under article 36
that it will apply this Agreement provisionally and which deposits its
instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession after the entry
into force of this Agreement, this Agreement shall enter into force on the date
of such deposit.
- The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall convene the first
session of the Council as soon as possible after the entry into force of this
- The Council may, by special vote, recommend an amendment of this Agreement
to the members.
- The Council shall fix a date by which members shall notify the depositary
of their acceptance of the amendment.
- An amendment shall enter into force 90 days after the depositary has
received notifications of acceptance from members constituting at least two
thirds of the producing members and accounting for at least 85 per cent of the
votes of the producing members, and from members constituting at least two
thirds of the consuming members and accounting for at least 85 per cent of the
votes of the consuming members.
- After the depositary informs the Council that the requirements for entry
into force of the amendment have been met, and notwithstanding the provisions of
paragraph 2 of this article relating to the date fixed by the Council, a member
may still notify the depositary of its acceptance of the amendment, provided
that such notification is made before the entry into force of the amendment.
- Any member which has not notified its acceptance of an amendment by the
date on which such amendment enters into force shall cease to be a party to this
Agreement as from that date, unless such member has satisfied the Council that
its acceptance could not be obtained in time owing to difficulties in completing
its constitutional or institutional procedures, and the Council decides to
extend for that member the period for acceptance of the amendment. Such member
shall not be bound by the amendment before it has notified its acceptance
- If the requirements for the entry into force of the amendment have not
been met by the date fixed by the Council in accordance with paragraph 2 of this
article, the amendment shall be considered withdrawn.
- A member may withdraw from this Agreement at any time after the entry into
force of this Agreement by giving written notice of withdrawal to the
depositary. That member shall simultaneously inform the Council of the action it
- Withdrawal shall become effective 90 days after the notice is received by
If the Council decides that any member is in breach of its obligations under
this Agreement and decides further that such breach significantly impairs the
operation of this Agreement, it may, by special vote, exclude that member from
this Agreement. The Council shall immediately so notify the depositary. Six
months after the date of the Council's decision that member shall cease to be a
party to this Agreement.
SETTLEMENT OF ACCOUNTS WITH WITHDRAWING
OR EXCLUDED MEMBERS OR MEMBERS UNABLE TO ACCEPT AN AMENDMENT
1. The Council shall determine any settlement of accounts with a member
which ceases to be a party to this Agreement owing to:
(a) Non-acceptance of an amendment to this Agreement under article 38;
(b) Withdrawal from this Agreement under article 39; or
(c) Exclusion from this Agreement under article 40.
2. The Council shall retain any contribution paid to the Administrative
Account by a member which ceases to be a party to this Agreement.
3. A member which has ceased to be a party to this Agreement shall not be
entitled to any share of the proceeds of liquidation or the other assets of the
Organization. Nor shall such member be liable for payment of any part of the
deficit, if any, of the Organization upon termination of this Agreement.
DURATION, EXTENSION AND TERMINATION
- This Agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years after its
entry into force unless the Council, by special vote, decides to extend,
renegotiate or terminate it in accordance with provisions of this article.
- The Council may, by special vote, decide to extend this Agreement for not
more than two periods of two years each.
- If, before the expiry of the five-year period referred to in paragraph 1
of this article, or before the expiry of an extension period referred to in
paragraph 2 of this article, as the case may be, a new agreement to replace this
Agreement has been negotiated but has not yet entered into force either
definitively or provisionally, the Council may, by special vote, extend this
Agreement until the provisional or definitive entry into force of the new
- If a new agreement is negotiated and enters into force during any period
of extension of this Agreement under paragraph 2 or paragraph 3 of this article,
this Agreement, as extended, shall terminate upon the entry into force of the
- The Council may at any time, by special vote, decide to terminate this
Agreement with effect from such date as it may determine.
- Notwithstanding the termination of this Agreement, the Council shall
continue in being for a period not exceeding 18 months to carry out the
liquidation of the Organization, including the settlement of accounts, and,
subject to relevant decisions to be taken by special vote, shall have during
that period such powers and functions as may be necessary for these purposes.
- The Council shall notify the depositary of any decision taken under this
Reservations may not be made with respect to any of the provisions of this
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorized thereto, have
affixed their signatures under this Agreement on the dates indicated.
Done at Geneva on the eighteenth day of November, one thousand nine hundred
and eighty-three, the text of this Agreement in the Arabic English, French,
Russian and Spanish languages being equally authentic. The authentic Chinese
text of this Agreement shall be established by the depositary and submitted for
adoption to all signatories and States and intergovernmental organizations which
have acceded to this Agreement.
List of producing countries with tropical forest resources and/or net
exporters of tropical timber in volume terms, and allocation of votes for the
purposes of article 37
Central African Republic 20
Costa Rica 9
Dominican Republic 9
El Salvador 8
Ivory Coast 21
Papua New Guinea 24
Trinidad and Tobago 8
United Republic of Cameroon 20
United Republic of Tanzania 20
Viet Nam 18
* * * *
List of consuming countries and allocation of votes for the purposes of
European Economic Community (277)
Germany, Federal Republic of 44
United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland 41
New Zealand 10
Republic of Korea 56
Union of Soviet Socialist
United States of America 79
* * * *
Statistical Data and Specific Indicators Needed as Identified for the
Monitoring of International Tropical Timber Trade*
From producing members From consuming members
A. Basic monthly data Export volumes (values): Import volumes (values):
for regular monitoring by products, species, by products, species,
of major tropical destinations and other origin and other avail-
timber trade flows available relevant able relevant details
Average c.i.f. prices:
Average f.o.b. prices: for specific products
for specific products and and species represent-
species representative of ative of major trade
major trade flows flows
B. Specific supple- Periodic evaluation of Periodic evaluation of mentary
data and stocks at point of em- stocks at point of deindicators from
barkation and, if pos- barkation and, if poswhich short-term
sible, at intermediate sible, at intermediate supply-demand for
tropical wood can Forest industry product- Share of tropical timber be
derived ion (capacity) and indus- in total trade.
trial wood input/output. Exports and re-exports
Removals of industrial of wood products.
timber from forests. Building activity,
Freight rates. housing starts, mortgage
Export quotas - trade rates.
incentives Furniture production
Climatic obstacles -
C. Other relevant Changes in tariffs and End-use surveys in specific
information non-tariff obstacles major sectors using
Changes in veneer
Changes in tariffs and
Trends in substitution
among wood and with
other wood products.
D. General economic Publicly available and relevant national and indicators
and in- international economic and financial indicators, formation directly
e.g., gross national product, exchange rates,
or indirectly interest rates, inflation rates, terms of trade. affecting
the inter- National and international policies and measures national
(tropical) affecting international tropical timber trade. timber trade
* Annexed pursuant to consensus reached in the Executive Committee of the
Conference on 29 March 1983.