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Extract from the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Doc 7300)

Chapter VIII - The Assembly

Article 48

Meetings of Assembly and voting

a) The Assembly shall meet not less than once in three years and shall be convened by the Council at a suitable time and place. An extraordinary meeting of the Assembly may be held at any time upon the call of the Council or at the request of not less than one-fifth of the total number of contracting States addressed to the Secretary General (Note 1).

b) All contracting States shall have an equal right to be represented at the meetings of the Assembly and each contracting State shall be entitled to one vote. Delegates representing contracting States may be assisted by technical advisers who may participate in the meetings but shall have no vote.

c) A majority of the contracting States is required to constitute a quorum for the meetings of the Assembly. Unless otherwise provided in this Convention, decisions of the Assembly shall be taken by a majority of the votes cast.

Article 49

Powers and duties of Assembly

The powers and duties of the Assembly shall be to:

  1. Elect at each meeting its President and other officers;
     
  2. Elect the contracting States to be represented on the Council, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter IX;
     
  3. Examine and take appropriate action on the reports of the Council and decide on any matter referred to it by the Council;
     
  4. Determine its own rules of procedure and establish such subsidiary commissions as it may consider to be necessary or desirable;
     
  5. Vote annual budgets and determine the financial arrangements of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XII (Note 2);
     
  6. Review expenditures and approve the accounts of the Organization;
     
  7. Refer, at its discretion, to the Council, to subsidiary commissions, or to any other body any matter within its sphere of action;
     
  8. Delegate to the Council the powers and authority necessary or desirable for the discharge of the duties of the Organization and revoke or modify the delegations of authority at any time;
     
  9. Carry out the appropriate provisions of Chapter XIII;
     
  10. Consider proposals for the modification or amendment of the provisions of this Convention and, if it approves of the proposals, recommend them to the contracting States in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XXI;
     
  11. Deal with any matter within the sphere of action of the Organization not specifically assigned to the Council.


Note 1.
This is the text of the Article as amended by the 14th Session of the Assembly on 15 September 1962; it entered into force on 11 September 1975. The previous text of this Article as amended by the 8th Session of the Assembly on 14 June 1954 and which entered into force on 12 December 1956 read as follows:

   "a) The Assembly shall meet not less than once in three years and shall be convened by the Council at a suitable time and place. Extraordinary meetings of the Assembly may be held at any time upon the call of the Council or at the request of any ten contracting States addressed to the Secretary General."

The original unamended text of the Convention read as follows:

   "a) The Assembly shall meet annually and shall be convened by the Council at a suitable time and place. Extraordinary meetings of the Assembly may be held at any time upon the call of the Council or at the request of any ten contracting States addressed to the Secretary General."

Note 2.
This is the text of Article as amended by the 8th Session of the Assembly on 14 June 1954; it entered into force on 12 December 1956. The original text read as follows:

   "e) Vote an annual budget and determine the financial arrangements of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XII;".