Decision : CONF 001 V.12
Adoption of the rules of procedure
An explanation was requested on the different weightings required for a majority vote under the terms of paragraphs 2 and 3 of Rule 28. The Legal Adviser referred members to paragraph 8 of Article 13 of the Convention·which stipulated that "Decisions of the Committee shall be taken by a majority of two-thirds of its members present and voting". This provision was included in an Article of the Convention dealing with substantive questions and not with procedural matters. It was therefore considered that a two-thirds majority should be required on substantive questions. However, according to the terms of paragraph 4 of this Rule, it would be the Committee which would decide, by a simple majority, whether the question to be put to the vote would or would not require a two-thirds majority.
Original Decision Document