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The Northwest Pacific Action Plan was adopted in 1994 by the four Member States, namely the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation as a part of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme. The implementation of NOWPAP is financed mainly by contributions from the Members.

The Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) is the high-level governing body of NOWPAP that provides policy guidance and makes decisions. Hosted annually, it is made up of senior representatives of the NOWPAP Members.

In accordance with the IGM decisions, Regional Activity Centres (RACs) were established between 2000 and 2002 to start their activities afterwards. Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) was set up in Toyama, Japan and Busan, Korea, in November 2004.




1st Intergovernmental Meeting/IGM (Seoul, Korea):
 - adopted NOWPAP and three supporting Resolutions including five priority projects


4th IGM (Beijing, China):
 - agreed to establish four Regional Activity Centres (RACs)


6th IGM (Tokyo, Japan):
 - agreed in principle to establish a co-hosted NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) in Toyama, Japan, and Busan, Korea


8th IGM (Hainan, China):
 - adopted the NOWPAP Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan (RCP)


9th IGM (Busan, Korea):
 - inaugurated co-hosted NOWPAP RCU
 - enforced the NOWPAP RCP


10th IGM (Toyama, Japan):
 - approved new directions of work for RACs
 - expanded geographical coverage of the NOWPAP RCP
 - approved the Marine Litter Activity (MALITA)


11th IGM (Moscow, Russia):
 - adopted NOWPAP Policy of Data and Information Sharing
 - decided to evaluate NOWPAP RACs performance


12th IGM (Xiamen, China):
 - approved the draft Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter


13th IGM (Jeju, Korea):
 - adopted the NOWPAP Regional Oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substance Spill Contingency Plan
 - approved the new directions of work for NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres for 2008-2011


15th IGM (Moscow, Russia):
- adopted the revised NOWPAP Resources Mobilization Strategy, NOWPAP Public Awareness Building Strategy and the Terms of Reference for NOWPAP RCU

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