The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention oversees Convention affairs and the activities of the Secretariat. It represents the Conference of the Contracting Parties (the COP) between its three-yearly meetings, within the framework of the decisions made by the COP.

The Contracting Parties established the Standing Committee at their third meeting in Regina, Canada in 1987, through Resolution 3.3

When does it meet?

The Standing Committee normally meets once a year, traditionally at the offices of the Secretariat in Switzerland. It also meets just before each meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, and regularly through the COP, when it is called the Conference Committee. 

During the COP, Contracting Parties are elected to serve on the new Standing Committee for the next three years. The newly elected members choose their chair, vice chair and subgroup members, and set the date for their first full business meeting. 

Standing Committee documents

The membership and proceedings of the Standing Committee during this triennium can be accessed in the box below.

Use the library to access documents from Standing Committee meetings

How the Standing Committee works

The Standing Committee has clearly defined tasks and procedures. Its tasks were first set out in 1993 in the Framework for Implementation of the Ramsar Convention ( Resolution 5.1 ),...

Standing Committee 2015-2018: Members

In 2015, the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP12) elected a new Standing Committee to oversee Convention affairs until COP13 in 2018. The first meeting of...

Standing Committee 2015-2018: Meetings

The 53rd Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC53) will take place at Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June 2017. 52nd Meeting of the...

Past Standing Committees

Standing Committee 43
The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 3.3 in 1987. Initially there were nine Contracting Party members, seven representing the regional groupings at that time, and the other two being...