The 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties

25/07/2005


"Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods"
9th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Kampala, Uganda, 8-15 November 2005
Agenda item XV
Ramsar COP9 DR 13

Financial and budgetary matters

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, but NOTING WITH CONCERN that a number of Parties are significantly in arrears;

3. NOTING WITH GRATITUDE the additional financial contributions made by many Contracting Parties through their Ramsar Administrative Authorities 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 Secretariat, including the following sources: [to be added in final draft version];

4. ACKNOWLEDGING ONCE MORE WITH APPRECIATION the effective financial and administrative services provided to the Secretariat by IUCN - The World Conservation Union; and

5. NOTING that Contracting Parties have been kept informed of the financial situation of the Convention Secretariat through the financial audited reports for fiscal years 2003 and 2004 and the reports of the Standing Committee meetings in 2003, 2004 and 2005 that have been circulated to Contracting Parties;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES

6. NOTES WITH PLEASURE that since Ramsar COP8 in 2002 the Secretariat has managed the Convention's funds prudently and efficiently, despite the problems with the overly optimistic income projections adopted at COP8 in Resolution VIII.27, and LOOKS FORWARD to seeing improved financial reporting arising from the new management arrangements with IUCN;

7. URGES the Secretary General, in managing the budget, to attempt to refill the Reserve Fund established by Resolution VI.17, which will also partly fulfil the need to have a prudent reserve in the unlikely event of the sudden dissolution of the Secretariat;

8. EXPRESSES ITS GRATITUDE to the Contracting Parties that have served in the Subgroup on Finance of the Standing Committee during the past triennium, and in particular to Canada, which acted as Chair of the Subgroup;

9. 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 2006-2008 triennium;

10. FURTHER DECIDES that the Subgroup on Finance, as established by Resolution VI.17, shall continue to operate under the aegis of the Standing Committee and with the roles and responsibilities specified in that Resolution;

11. APPROVES the budget for the 2006-2008 triennium as attached as Annex I to enable the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Convention;

12. AUTHORISES the Standing Committee, with the advice of its Subgroup on Finance, to change budgetary allocations between budget lines in the light of significant positive or negative changes during the triennium to the rates of inflation and interest income projected in the budget;

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 2006 (Annex II) and yet to be approved for the years 2007 and 2008, except in the case of Contracting Parties which, in applying the UN scale, would make annual contributions to the Ramsar Convention budget of less than SFR 1,000, in which case the annual contribution shall be that 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, when actual payments have been effected, to another budget line or lines of the core budget, on the advice of the Standing Committee's Subgroup on Finance. All other Contracting Parties will continue to be assessed in accordance with the UN scale of contributions as indicated in Annex II; and

14. CALLS UPON all Contracting Parties to pay their contributions promptly by 1 January of each year, URGES Contracting Parties in arrears to make a renewed effort to settle them as expeditiously as possible, and AGREES that the Standing Committee at its 34th meeting should consider options for dealing with Parties which are consistently in arrears with payments to the Convention, based on an analysis by the Secretary General of the practices in other conventions.


Annex I

Core budget 2006-2008
(Swiss francs)

Income

The forecast income for 2006-2008 represents a 4% increase per year, based on the COP8-budgeted income for 2005 (Resolution VIII.27 Annex I). The annual 4% increase encompasses an indexation of 1.5% to cover inflation for the budget lines concerning staff, administration and operating costs, and an indexation of 5% for budget lines concerning travel and subsistence costs (see the Comments column on the Expenditure chart on the next page).

 
2005
(Forecast)
2006
2007
2008
1. Contributions from Parties
2,846,869
3,089,898
3,216,475
3,349,331
2. Voluntary contribution USA
787,322
854,894
890,208
926,978
3. Swiss income tax rebate
240,000
240,000
245,000
250,000
4. Interest
15,000
12,000
12,000
12,000
TOTAL INCOME
3,889,191*
4,196,792
4,363,683
4,538,309
Budgeted expenditure
3,889,191*
4,137,884
4,303,400
4,475,536
Difference**
58,908
60,283
62,773

* The forecast income and expenditure figures given here are lower than the COP8-approved figures as provided in the Expenditure table on the following page, and are those following budget adjustments determined by the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee (see also paragraph 6 of the Resolution).

** Items 1 and 2 of the income are calculated by applying the UN scale of assessments to the proposed expenditure (see next page), minus item 3 and 4 of the income. Nevertheless, in accordance with Resolution VII.28, the minimum to be paid by a Party is one thousand Swiss francs per year. At the time of COP9, for 80 developing countries and countries with economies in transition this is more than their percentage of contribution according to the UN scale. This creates the difference of income versus expenditure shown here. This additional amount, or portion thereof which is actually collected, shall be transferred to another budget line or lines of the core budget, on the advice of the Standing Committee's Subgroup on Finance.

Notes on income:

1. Annual contributions from Contracting Parties (see Annex II with the list of contributions for 2006).

2. Voluntary contribution by the United States of America, equivalent to 22% of the total amount to be paid by Contracting Parties.

3. The Swiss Government, in addition to paying its annual contributions, allows the Secretariat to retain for the Ramsar core budget the income tax that would have been owed by the non-Swiss Secretariat staff.

4. Interest earned on deposits of cash not immediately needed for disbursement.

Core budget 2006-2008

(Swiss francs)

Expenditure

 Budget lines

2005

 

2006

2007

2008

Comments

 

(COP8 approved)

 

 

 

 

 

1. STAFF COSTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) Salaries and social charges

2,249,365

 

2,522,483

2,560,320

2,598,725

Indexation at 1.5% p.a.

b) Other employment benefits

202,395

 

97,015

101,866

106,959

Indexation at 1.5% p.a.

c) Staff hiring and departure costs

15,000

 

25,000

25,000

26,250

Indexation at 5% p.a.

Sub-total

2,466,760

 

2,644,4982

2,687,186

2,731,934

 

2. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) Ramsar Sites Database

200,000

 

160,000

180,000

200,000

Notional reduction

b) STRP

110,000

 

25,000

25,000

25,000

 

3. SUPPORT TO REGIONAL INITIATIVES 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) Regional networks (cooperation)

 

 

[106,000]

[132,421]

[221,984]

 See 3  & [COP9 DR8]

b) Regional centers (training & capacity-building)

 

 

[100,000]

[100,000]

[100,000]

 See 3  & [COP9 DR8]

Sub-total

89,596

 

165,9613,4

232,421

321,984

2006 budget excess4

4. TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS (International)

120,000

 

120,000

126,000

132,300

Indexation  5%

5. PURCHASE & MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT/ OFFICE SUPPLIES (including depreciation)

25,000

 

25,000

25,000

25,000

 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES & OPERATING COSTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) IUCN Services 1

468,000

 

537,925

559,442

581,820

13% of budget

b) Operating Costs

100,000

 

100,000

101,500

103,023

Indexation 1.5%

c) Simultaneous interpretation at SC meetings

15,000

 

25,000

25,375

25,756

Indexation 1.5%

d) Communications & Reporting

150,000

 

150,000

152,250

154,534

Indexation 1.5%

7. OUTREACH / CEPA

 

 

40,000

40,000

40,000

Nominal allocation

8. SUBSIDIARY BODIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) Standing Committee delegates’ support

45,000

 

47,250

49,613

52,093

Indexation 5%

b) STRP members' support

45,000

 

47,250

49,613

52,093

Indexation 5%

9. MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

a) Bad debt provision

20,000

 

50,000

50,000

50,000

 

b) Exchange loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

COP related costs incurred by the Bureau

124,379

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL FORECAST EXPENDITURE

3,978,735

 

4,137,884

4,303,400

4,475,536

 

FORECAST INCOME 5

 

 

4,137,884

4,303,400

4,475,536

 

Increase over previous year's budget

 

 

4%

4%

4%

 

Explanatory notes:

1 The IUCN Services costs for 2006-2008 are still to be negotiated; the Regional Initiatives budget line is dependent on the outcome of this negotiation.

2 The 2006 total salaries includes the new STRP Support staff position (delivered in 2003-2005 through the out-sourced STRP Support Service - budget line 2 b) in the 2005 COP8-approved budget).

3 Regional Initiatives allocations for 2006 only (see also [COP9 DR8]) are:

MedWet Initiative SFR 26,000
WacoWet (West Africa) SFR 60,000
High Andean Initiative SFR 20,000
Ramsar Centre, I.R. Iran SFR 20,000
CREHO (Panama Centre) SFR 80,000

4 SFR 40,039 to be adjusted from 2007 & 2008.

5 Including interest and Swiss income tax rebate.


Annex II

Annual Contributions for the year 2006

(Note. For the fiscal years 2007 and 2008, see paragraph 12 of the Resolution)

Member  State

UN %

Ramsar %

2006 Annual Contribution

(Swiss  francs)

 

 

 

 

Albania

0.0050

0.0051

1,000

Algeria

0.0760

0.0778

3,023

Argentina

0.9560

0.9786

38,027

Armenia

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Australia

1.5920

1.6296

63,326

Austria

0.8590

0.8793

34,169

Azerbaijan

0.0050

0.0051

1,000

Bahamas

0.0130

0.0133

1,000

Bahrain

0.0300

0.0307

1,193

Bangladesh

0.0100

0.0102

1,000

Belarus

0.0180

0.0184

1,000

Belgium

1.0690

1.0943

42,522

Belize

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Benin

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Bolivia

0.0090

0.0092

1,000

Bosnia and Herzegovina

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Botswana

0.0120

0.0123

1,000

Brazil

1.5230

1.5590

60,581

Bulgaria

0.0170

0.0174

1,000

Burkina Faso

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Burundi

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Cambodia

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Canada

2.8130

2.8795

111,895

Chad

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Chile

0.2230

0.2283

8,870

China

2.0530

2.1015

81,664

Colombia

0.1550

0.1587

6,166

Comoros

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Congo

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Congo, Dem. Republic of

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Costa Rica

0.0300

0.0307

1,193

Côte d'Ivoire

0.0100

0.0102

1,000

Croatia

0.0370

0.0379

1,472

Cuba

0.0430

0.0440

1,710

Cyprus

0.0390

0.0399

1,551

Czech Republic

0.1830

0.1873

7,279

Denmark

0.7180

0.7350

28,560

Djibouti

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Dominican Republic

0.0350

0.0358

1,392

Ecuador

0.0190

0.0194

1,000

Egypt

0.1200

0.1228

4,773

El Salvador

0.0220

0.0225

1,000

Equatorial Guinea

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Estonia

0.0120

0.0123

1,000

Finland

0.5330

0.5456

21,202

France

6.0300

6.1726

239,860

Gabon

0.0090

0.0092

1,000

Gambia

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Georgia

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Germany

8.6620

8.8668

344,554

Ghana

0.0040

0.0041

1,000

Greece

0.5300

0.5425

21,082

Guatemala

0.0300

0.0307

1,193

Guinea

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Guinea-Bissau

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Honduras

0.0050

0.0051

1,000

Hungary

0.1260

0.1290

5,012

Iceland

0.0340

0.0348

1,352

India

0.4210

0.4310

16,746

Indonesia

0.1420

0.1454

5,648

Iran, Islamic Republic of

0.1570

0.1607

6,245

Ireland

0.3500

0.3583

13,922

Israel

0.4670

0.4780

18,576

Italy

4.8850

5.0005

194,314

Jamaica

0.0080

0.0082

1,000

Japan

19.4680

19.9283

774,392

Jordan

0.0110

0.0113

1,000

Kenya

0.0090

0.0092

1,000

Korea, Republic of

1.7960

1.8385

71,441

Kyrgyz Republic

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Latvia

0.0150

0.0154

1,000

Lebanon

0.0240

0.0246

1,000

Lesotho

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Liberia

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

0.1320

0.1351

5,251

Liechtenstein

0.0050

0.0051

1,000

Lithuania

0.0240

0.0246

1,000

Luxembourg

0.0770

0.0788

3,063

Madagascar

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Malawi

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Malaysia

0.2030

0.2078

8,075

Mali

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Malta

0.0140

0.0143

1,000

Marshall Islands

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Mauritania

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Mauritius

0.0110

0.0113

1,000

Mexico

1.8830

1.9275

74,901

Moldova, Republic of

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Monaco

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Mongolia

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Morocco

0.0470

0.0481

1,870

Mozambique

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Myanmar

0.0100

0.0102

1,000

Namibia

0.0060

0.0061

1,000

Nepal

0.0040

0.0041

1,000

Netherlands

1.6900

1.7300

67,224

New Zealand

0.2210

0.2262

8,791

Nicaragua

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Niger

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Nigeria

0.0420

0.0430

1,671

Norway

0.6790

0.6951

27,009

Pakistan

0.0550

0.0563

2,188

Palau

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Panama

0.0190

0.0194

1,000

Papua New Guinea

0.0030

0.0031

1,000

Paraguay

0.0120

0.0123

1,000

Peru

0.0920

0.0942

3,660

Philippines

0.0950

0.0972

3,779

Poland

0.4610

0.4719

18,338

Portugal

0.4700

0.4811

18,696

Romania

0.0600

0.0614

2,387

Russian Federation

1.1000

1.1260

43,755

Saint Lucia

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Samoa

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Senegal

0.0050

0.0051

1,000

Serbia and Montenegro

0.0190

0.0194

1,000

Seychelles

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

Sierra Leone

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Slovak Republic

0.0510

0.0522

2,029

Slovenia

0.0820

0.0839

3,262

South Africa

0.2920

0.2989

11,615

Spain

2.5200

2.5796

100,240

Sri Lanka

0.0170

0.0174

1,000

Sudan

0.0080

0.0082

1,000

Suriname

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Sweden

0.9980

1.0216

39,698

Switzerland

1.1970

1.2253

47,614

Syrian Arab Republic

0.0380

0.0389

1,512

Tajikistan

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Tanzania, United Republic of

0.0060

0.0061

1,000

Thailand

0.2090

0.2139

8,314

The FYR of Macedonia

0.0060

0.0061

1,000

Togo

0.0010

0.0010

1,000

Trinidad And Tobago

0.0220

0.0225

1,000

Tunisia

0.0320

0.0328

1,273

Turkey

0.3720

0.3808

14,797

Uganda

0.0060

0.0061

1,000

Ukraine

0.0390

0.0399

1,551

United Kingdom

6.1270

6.2719

243,718

United States of America (1)

0.0000

0.0000

 

Uruguay

0.0480

0.0491

1,909

Uzbekistan

0.0140

0.0143

1,000

Venezuela

0.1710

0.1750

6,801

Viet Nam

0.0210

0.0215

1,000

Zambia

0.0020

0.0020

1,000

 TOTAL

76.1980

78.0000

3,089,898

 

 

 

 

(1) Other Contributions

22.0000

22.0000

854,894

TOTAL

98.1980

100.0000

3,944,792

For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number, and will not be distributed at the meeting. Delegates are requested to bring their copies to the meeting and not to request additional copies.

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