58th Meeting of the Standing Committee

Taking into account the directives of the Swiss authorities, the continuing status of confinements and travel restrictions across the world, and the fact that international meetings have been either cancelled or postponed, the Standing Committee has determined that it will not be possible to convene its 58th meeting (SC58). 


Post-SC58 intersessional process

Intersessional decisions of the Standing Committee, September 2020 – May 2021 (updated 27 May 2021)

Additional documentation:

Report of the Subgroup on Finance, 13 January 2021

Status of assessed contributions as of 31 December 2020

Amended COP14 provisional agenda


June 2020

After the Secretariat informed Contracting Parties through Diplomatic Note 2020/4 in April 2020 that SC58 had been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Standing Committee identified a number of time-sensitive issues to be addressed virtually. Information on these issues and the process to address them was shared with all Contracting Parties through Diplomatic Note 2020/6 on 19 May 2020.

Agenda of the virtual sessions of 23 and 25 June 2020

Report and Decisions including in annex the reports and recommendations of the meetings of the Management Working Group (10 June) and the Subgroup on Finance (15 June)

Summary of Decisions

Additional documentation:

Elements of advice for the GEF


26 February 2021


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1. Opening statements (No documents)
1.1. Chair of the Standing Committee (United Arab Emirates)
1.2. Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
1.3. International Organization Partners
1.4. Secretary General of the Convention
Procedural matters
2. Adoption of the provisional agenda Show / hide docs
3. Adoption of the provisional working programme (SC58 Doc.3)
4. Admission of observers (SC58 Doc.4)
Administrative and financial matters
5. Report of the Executive Team and Chair of the Standing Committee Show / hide docs
6. Report of the Secretary General Show / hide docs
7. Report of the Management Working Group (Document to be confirmed)
8. Financial and budgetary matters: Report of the Subgroup on Finance
8.1. Report of the auditor on the financial statements 2019 (Included in item 8.2: no document)
8.2. Report on financial matters for 2019 and 2020 Show / hide docs
8.3 Status of annual contributions Show / hide docs
Strategic matters
9. Urgent challenges to the wise use of wetlands to receive enhanced attention: Best practices in the development of wetland inventories Show / hide docs
10. Report of the Working Group on the Review of the Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention Show / hide docs
11. Report of the Effectiveness Working Group (No document)
12. Review of the Rules of Procedure Show / hide docs
13. Review of all previous Resolutions and decisions Show / hide docs
14. Report of the Working Group on Observer status in the United Nations General Assembly (SC58 Doc.14)
15. Communication, capacity building, education, participation and awareness (CEPA)
15.1 Report of the CEPA Oversight Panel Show / hide docs
15.2. Report of the Secretariat on World Wetlands Day (No document)
15.3. Implementation of Resolution XIII.1 on World Wetlands Day (declaration by the United Nations General Assembly) (No document)
16. Work plan of the Secretariat for 2020 Show / hide docs
17. Management of requests for data Show / hide docs
18. Enhancing the Convention’s visibility and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements and other international institutions Show / hide docs
Scientific matters
19. Report of the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel Show / hide docs
Implementation matters
20. Preparation of COP14
20.1 Report of the Subgroup on COP14 (No document)
20.2 Report of the Secretariat on COP14 Show / hide docs
20.3 The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards Show / hide docs
20.4 Process for preparation, submission and review of draft resolutions Show / hide docs
21. Update on the status of Sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance Show / hide docs
22. Ramsar Regional Initiatives
22.1. Report of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Working Group (Document to be confirmed)
22.2. Report of the Secretariat on the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Show / hide docs
22.3. Legal status of Ramsar Regional Initiatives Show / hide docs
22.4. Review of Ramsar Regional Initiatives Resolutions and decisions Show / hide docs
23. Report of the Co-chairs of the Independent Advisory Committee on Wetland City Accreditation Show / hide docs
Concluding matters (No documents)
24. Dates of the 59th meeting of the Standing Committee
25. Adoption of the report of the meeting
26. Any other business
27. Closing remarks