The ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat performs the functions listed in Article IV of the Agreement. For example, it arranges and services the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties, facilitates co-operation between Parties and non-Party Range States, assists the Parties in the implementation of the Agreement, administers the budget. The Permanent Secretariat is hosted by the Principality of Monaco.
provides general policy guidance and operational and financial direction to the Agreement Secretariat and the Co-ordination Units concerning the implementation and promotion of the Agreement;
carries out, between sessions of the Meeting of the Parties, such interim activities on its behalf as may be necessary or assigned to it by the Meeting of the Parties;
represents the Parties vis-à-vis the Government(s) of the host country (or countries) of the Agreement Secretariat and the Meeting of the Parties, the Depositary and other international organizations on matters relating to the Agreement and its secretariat.
The Bureau normally meets once per annum and provides a report on its activities for each session of the Meeting of the Parties.
The Meeting approved the composition of the Bureau as follows for the 2011-2013 triennum:
Chairperson: Mr. Cyril Gomez (Monaco)
Vice-Chair: Mr. Andrej Bibic (Slovenia)
Vice-Chair : Mr. Volodymyr Domashlinets (Ukraine)
Vice-Chair : Mrs. Marina Sequeira (Portugal)
Vice-Chair/Rapporteur : Mr. Gaby Khalaf (Lebanon)