Notification 2012/7: 46th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention Standing Committee

The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) presents its compliments to the Permanent Mission of… and has the honour to refer to the following:

The Secretariat is pleased to inform Contracting Parties that the 46th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC46) will be held at Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, from Tuesday 9April to Friday 12 April 2013. SC46 will be preceded by meetings of the Transition Committee, the Management Working Group, and of the Subgroup on Finance on Monday 8 April. A draft agenda as well as the lists of members of the Standing Committee and of subgroups, are enclosed.

Contracting Parties that are not members of the Standing Committee are welcome to attend as observers and, as indicated by COP11 Resolution XI.19 (paragraph 12 of Annex 1), “countries that are not Contracting Parties but have expressed an interest in joining the Convention may be also admitted as observers at meetings of the Standing Committee.”.

The Secretariat would be grateful if Contracting Party members of the Standing Committee and Contracting Parties wishing to attend the meeting as observers, as well as those non-Contracting Party countries seeking observer status at the meeting, would register by 28 February 2013. Registration forms for the 46th meeting of the Standing Committee are available upon request from: loetscher@ramsar.org or fax no. +41 22 999 0169.

Working documents will be available from the Ramsar Convention Web site (www.ramsar.org/sc46-docs) It should be noted that, due to financial constraints, the working papers for the Standing Committee, with the exception of the draft agenda, are produced in English only. Simultaneous interpretation in the three official languages (English, French and Spanish) will be provided during the plenary sessions on 9-12 April, but not at any subgroup meetings.

Likewise, financial constraints prevent the Secretariat from providing financial support to assist observer states in attending. Such support can only be offered to one delegate from eligible voting members of the Standing Committee, upon request.

Contracting Parties unable to attend the meeting as observers are invited to offer views and opinions, as appropriate, to the Standing Committee representative(s) from their region or to transmit them directly to the Secretariat.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands respectfully requests that the content of the present note be communicated to the competent national authorities and avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Mission of … the assurance of its highest consideration.

Gland, 17 December 2012

Encls:  Draft agenda and members lists

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