Resolution VII.28: Financial and budgetary matters

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7th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971),
San José, Costa Rica, 10-18 May 1999

1. RECALLING the budgetary provisions established by Article 6, paragraphs 5 and 6, of the Convention;

2. ACKNOWLEDGING WITH APPRECIATION the prompt payment by the majority of Contracting Parties of their contributions to the core budget of the Convention;

3. NOTING WITH GRATITUDE the additional financial contributions made by many Contracting Parties through their Ramsar Administrative Authority and other agencies, including some development assistance agencies, and also the contributions made by non-governmental organizations and the private sector for activities undertaken by the Ramsar Bureau, as shown in the information document Ramsar COP7 DOC. 26;

4. ACNOWLEDGING ONCE MORE WITH APPRECIATION the effective financial and administrative services provided by IUCN – The World Conservation Union to the Ramsar Bureau;

5. NOTING WITH SATISFACTION that, following COP6 Resolution VI.17, the Standing Committee has established a Subgroup on Finance and that, according to the Report of the Chairperson of the Standing Committee, the Subgroup has functioned efficiently and has provided valuable guidance and advice to the Standing Committee and the Ramsar Bureau; and

6. RECALLING Action 8.2.4 of the Strategic Plan 1997-2002, which reads "Give priority to funding for training programmes, education and public awareness work, development of the Ramsar Database, and the Convention’s Communications Strategy [now renamed the Convention’s Outreach Programme]";

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7. NOTES WITH PLEASURE that for triennium 1995-1997 the Ramsar Bureau has managed the Convention’s funds prudently and has ended each year with a small budget surplus;

8. ALSO NOTES WITH PLEASURE that due to careful financial management and exchange rate gains it has been possible during this triennium for the Ramsar Bureau to create a reserve equal to one-twelfth the annual budget, as prescribed by Resolution VI.17;

9. EXPRESSES ITS GRATITUDE to the Contracting Parties that have served in the Subgroup on Finance during the last triennium, and in particular to the United States of America, which acted as Chair of the Subgroup;

10. DECIDES that the Terms of Reference for the Financial Administration of the Convention contained in Annex 3 to Resolution 5.2 shall be applied in toto to the 2000-2002 triennium;

11. FURTHER DECIDES that the Subgroup on Finance, as established by Resolution VI.1, shall continue to operate under the aegis of the Standing Committee and with the roles and responsibilities specified therein;

12. Approves the budget for the 2000-2002 triennium as attached as Annex I to enable the implementation of the Work Plan 2000-2002 of the Convention, as adopted by Resolution VII.27, to the maximum extent possible;

13. DECIDES that the contribution of each Contracting Party to this budget shall be in accordance with the scale of assessments for the contribution of Member States to the United Nations budget as approved by the UN General Assembly for 2000 (Annex II) and yet to be approved for the years 2001 and 2002, except in the case of Contracting Parties which, in applying the UN scale, would make annual contributions to the Convention Budget of less than SFR 1,000, in which case the annual contribution shall be this amount. The difference between the assessed contribution for these Contracting Parties according to the UN scale and the minimum threshold of SFR 1,000 shall be allocated toward funding the position of a Development Assistance Officer in the Ramsar Bureau. All other Contracting Parties will continue to be assessed in accordance with the UN scale of contributions as indicated in Annex II;

14. URGES the Ramsar Bureau, as human and financial resources allow, to endeavour to secure the additional resources needed in order to establish the post of Development Assistance Officer within the secretariat, with the aim of mobilising resources to facilitate implementation of the Convention by developing countries and those with economies in transition;

15. CALLS UPON all Contracting Parties to pay their dues promptly on 1 January of each year, and URGES Contracting Parties in arrears to make a renewed effort to settle them;

16. REQUESTS the Standing Committee to prepare a proposal for Ramsar COP8 on measures that could be taken in the case of Contracting Parties that are in arrears of two or more years at the time of the ordinary meeting of the COP, taking into account the practice in the United Nations and other intergovernmental bodies, including other conventions;

17. RECALLS Resolution VII.5 adopted at this Conference, relating to the future operations of the Ramsar Small Grants Fund, and URGES all Contracting Parties, donor agencies, International Organization Partners and others to consider making contributions to assist the Convention to reach the target of US$1million per year in disbursements through the Fund;

18. DECIDES to establish a Voluntary Fund for the Convention’s Outreach Programme (Resolution VII.9); REQUESTS the Standing Committee to prepare and adopt the Terms of Reference for the Fund at its annual meeting in 1999; and INVITES Contracting Parties, NGOs, foundations, the private sector and other institutions to contribute to the Fund;

19. WELCOMES the partnership between the Convention, the private sector and other agencies under the project entitled "Caring for Water Resources and Water Quality"; and ENCOURAGES the Ramsar Bureau to continue exploring the possibilities for partnership and sponsorship arrangements with the private sector in support of the Mission of the Convention;

20. ENDORSES the programme of internships instituted by the Ramsar Bureau during the last triennium as an effective training scheme and a cost-benefit staff support arrangement for the Regional Coordinators at the Ramsar Bureau; and URGES Contracting Parties to consider adding their contributions to support its continuation and expansion;

21. DIRECTS the Standing Committee to list and prioritize the actions required of the Ramsar Bureau, the Standing Committee, and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel arising from the Convention’s Work Plan, Recommendations, and Resolutions adopted at each COP, this to be tabled at the Standing Committee meeting following each COP, indicating which elements are to be funded from the adopted budget;

22. DIRECTS the Ramsar Bureau to report to each COP those actions (as listed in paragraph 21) which were funded and completed in the preceding triennium and those planned actions which could not be implemented, and the reasons for which these could not be completed;

23. REQUESTS the Ramsar Bureau to continue to provide to each COP, in addition to data on core funding, a summary of all additional fund contributions received since the preceding COP; and

24. FURTHER REQUESTS the Ramsar Bureau to identify and cost its priority activities not funded from the core budget that would better implement elements of the Work Plan, and in cooperation with the Standing Committee, seek to raise sponsorship and grants and to provide this updated assessment to each Standing Committee meeting and COP.


Annex 1

Minimum Core Budget 2000-2002

(costs in Swiss francs [000])

2000

2001

2002

1

Staff Costs

1984

2024

2064

(salaries and social charges)

2

Scientific and Technical Services
a)
Ramsar Database

135

(1)

138

(2)

140

(3)
b)
Ramsar Advisory Missions

0

0

0

3

Travel on Official Business

100

102

104

4

Purchase/Maintenance of Equipment/
Office Supplies (including depreciation)

20

20

21

5

Administrative Services & Operating costs
a)
IUCN services: computer/finance/
occupancy/personnel administration

427

436

444

b)
Operating Costs: fax/telephone/photocopy/

124

126

129

clerical help/hospitality/bank charges, etc.

6

Communications and Reporting
a)
Publications/translation/mailing

145

148

151

b)
Newsletter

20

20

21

7

Subsidiary Bodies
a)
Standing Committee delegate support

40

41

42

b)
STRP members' support

40

41

42

c)
Regional representatives' support

10

10

10

d)
Standing Committee chair fund

0

0

0

8

Conference of the Parties
a)
Cost of the conference

0

0

0

b)
Conference delegate support

0

0

0

Total Core Budget

3045

3106

3168

Wetlands International provides co-financing
(1) for the year 2000 of: SFR 23,700
(2) for the year 2001 of: SFR 21,500
(3) for the year 2002 of: SFR 51,300


Annex 2:

Membership Contributions For The Year 2000

(Based On The Actual Number Of Parties On 30.06.1999)

2000

2000

2000

Member State

UN %

Ramsar %*

SFR

Albania

0.003

0.003

1,000

Algeria

0.086

0.087

2,637

Argentina

1.103

1.111

33,822

Armenia

0.006

0.006

1,000

Australia

1.483

1.493

45,474

Austria

0.942

0.949

28,885

Bahamas

0.015

0.015

1,000

Bahrain

0.017

0.017

1,000

Bangladesh

0.010

0.010

1,000

Belgium

1.104

1.112

33,852

Belize

0.001

0.001

1,000

Bolivia

0.007

0.007

1,000

Botswana

0.010

0.010

1,000

Brazil

1.471

1.481

45,106

Bulgaria

0.011

0.011

1,000

Burkina Faso

0.002

0.002

1,000

Canada

2.732

2.751

83,772

Chad

0.001

0.001

1,000

Chile

0.136

0.137

4,170

China

0.995

1.002

30,510

Colombia

0.109

0.110

3,342

Comoros

0.001

0.001

1,000

Congo

0.003

0.003

1,000

Congo, Democratic Rep.

0.007

0.007

1,000

Costa Rica

0.016

0.016

1,000

Côte d’Ivoire

0.009

0.009

1,000

Croatia

0.030

0.030

1,000

Czech Republic

0.107

0.108

3,281

Denmark

0.692

0.697

21,219

Ecuador

0.020

0.020

1,000

Egypt

0.065

0.065

1,993

El Salvador

0.012

0.012

1,000

Estonia

0.012

0.012

1,000

Finland

0.543

0.547

16,650

France

6.545

6.591

200,692

Gabon

0.015

0.015

1,000

Gambia

0.001

0.001

1,000

Georgia

0.007

0.007

1,000

Germany

9.857

9.926

302,249

Ghana

0.007

0.007

1,000

Greece

0.351

0.353

10,763

Guatemala

0.018

0.018

1,000

Guinea

0.003

0.003

1,000

Guinea-Bissau

0.001

0.001

1,000

Honduras

0.003

0.003

1,000

Hungary

0.120

0.121

3,680

Iceland

0.032

0.032

1,000

India

0.299

0.301

9,168

Indonesia

0.188

0.189

5,765

Iran, Islamic Rep.

0.161

0.162

4,937

Ireland

0.224

0.226

6,869

Israel

0.350

0.352

10,732

Italy

5.437

5.475

166,717

Jamaica

0.006

0.006

1,000

Japan

20.573

20.717

630,838

Jordan

0.006

0.006

1,000

Kenya

0.007

0.007

1,000

Latvia

0.017

0.017

1,000

Lebanon

0.016

0.016

1,000

Liechtenstein

0.006

0.006

1,000

Lithuania

0.015

0.015

1,000

Luxembourg

0.068

0.068

2,085

Madagascar

0.003

0.003

1,000

Malawi

0.002

0.002

1,000

Malaysia

0.183

0.184

5,611

Mali

0.002

0.002

1,000

Malta

0.014

0.014

1,000

Mauritania

0.001

0.001

1,000

Mexico

0.995

1.002

30,510

Monaco

0.004

0.004

1,000

Mongolia

0.002

0.002

1,000

Morocco

0.041

0.041

1,257

Namibia

0.007

0.007

1,000

Nepal

0.004

0.004

1,000

Netherlands

1.632

1.643

50,043

New Zealand

0.221

0.223

6,777

Nicaragua

0.001

0.001

1,000

Niger

0.002

0.002

1,000

Norway

0.610

0.614

18,705

Pakistan

0.059

0.059

1,809

Panama

0.013

0.013

1,000

Papua New Guinea

0.007

0.007

1,000

Paraguay

0.014

0.014

1,000

Peru

0.099

0.100

3,036

Philippines

0.081

0.082

2,484

Poland

0.196

0.197

6,010

Portugal

0.431

0.434

13,216

Republic of Korea

1.006

1.013

30,847

Romania

0.056

0.056

1,717

Russian Federation

1.077

1.085

33,025

Senegal

0.006

0.006

1,000

Slovak Republic

0.035

0.035

1,073

Slovenia

0.061

0.061

1,870

South Africa

0.366

0.369

11,223

Spain

2.591

2.609

79,449

Sri Lanka

0.012

0.012

1,000

Suriname

0.004

0.004

1,000

Sweden

1.079

1.087

33,086

Switzerland

1.215

1.224

37,256

Syrian Arab Republic

0.064

0.064

1,962

Thailand

0.170

0.171

5,213

The FYR Of Macedonia

0.004

0.004

1,000

Togo

0.001

0.001

1,000

Trinidad & Tobago

0.016

0.016

1,000

Tunisia

0.028

0.028

1,000

Turkey

0.440

0.443

13,492

Uganda

0.004

0.004

1,000

Ukraine

0.190

0.191

5,826

United Kingdom

5.092

5.128

156,138

Uruguay

0.048

0.048

1,472

USA (1)

0.000

-

Venezuela

0.160

0.161

4,906

Viet Nam

0.007

0.007

1,000

Yugoslavia

0.026

0.026

1,000

Zambia

0.002

0.002

1,000

Totals

74.478

75.000

2,328,222

Other Contributions (1)

25.000

25.000

761,250

Total

99.478

100.000

3,089,472

*

  1. Other Contributions includes the voluntary contribution of the United States of America.

* According to Paragraph 13 of Resolution 28.

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