40th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee

03/04/2009

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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
40th Meeting of the Standing Committee
Gland, Switzerland, 11-15 May 2009

DOC. SC40-9

Contracting Parties that are consistently in arrears in their payments to the Convention

Action requested: The Standing Committee is invited to note the present status of arrears in Parties’ contributions and advise as to the way forward.


1.     In Resolution X.12 (2008), the Conference of the Contracting Parties “URGES Contracting Parties in arrears in their payments of assessed contributions to make a renewed effort to settle them as expeditiously as possible to enhance the financial sustainability of the Convention through contributions by all Contracting Parties, and AGREES that the Standing Committee at its 40th meeting should further consider options for dealing with Parties that are consistently in arrears with payments to the Convention.”

2.     At the 34th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC34, 2006), the Secretariat presented a number of opportunities to improve the support given by the Secretariat to members, including: producing timely and easily readable statements of contributions, including all unpaid portions, for Contracting Parties in arrears; requesting Parties that are in arrears with their contributions to settle them by the established deadlines; and requesting Parties experiencing difficulties in meeting their financial contributions to propose a plan to provide for the payment of contributions in arrears within a limited period. In assisting Contracting Parties to develop such a plan, the Chair of the Standing Committee, the Standing Committee regional representatives, and the Secretary General should make contacts, through diplomatic channels, with those Parties having arrears to plan settlement of their outstanding contributions.

3.     These steps have all been taken and the collection of contributions has improved significantly. In 2008, the additional impetus of the COP meant that at 31 December 2008 gross membership receivables in arrears were less than each year since 2002 (except 2006).

4.     During 2008 we have received previously overdue contributions from the following countries: Gambia, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Niger, Phillipines, and Vietnam. However, a number of Contracting Parties remain in arrears. A schedule of these is attached.

5.     Options have been suggested to reduce the flow and priority of services provided by the Secretariat to Parties with arrears. For example, the Standing Committee could advise the Secretariat to manage requests from Contracting Parties with arrears in the following ways:

  • by not processing further Small Grants Fund (SGF) proposals;
  • by providing Secretariat advice and missions (including Ramsar Advisory Missions) only in emergency situations;
  • by providing delegate support to attend regional and COP meetings only if all other Parties have been assisted according to existing rules, and in any event only if the Contracting Party is not more than three years in arrears.


6.     Finally, there exists the option that Contracting Parties more than three years in arrears could be made ineligible to vote in Convention meetings, ineligible for election to the Standing Committee, and ineligible to make nominations for membership of the STRP.

7.     However, all of these possibilities seek to provide essentially punitive measures and would inevitably restrict the Secretariat in assisting all Parties to fully implement their Convention commitments.

8.     The Secretariat continues to apply a mixture of awareness-raising and counseling as its principal mechanisms and hopes that these will be sufficient to help the situation continue to improve.

Ramsar Contracting Parties with outstanding contributions, by region

Region

 

Amount due

Last year paid

 

Region

 

Amount due

Last year paid

 

 

CHF

 

 

 

 

CHF

 

Africa

Nigeria

14,593

-

 

Asia

UAE

12,639

-

Africa

Mauritania

10,577

-

 

Asia

Iraq

1,000

-

Africa

Chad

10,367

-

 

Asia

Yemen

1,000

-

Africa

Guinea Bissau

10,367

-

 

Asia

Mongolia

8,000

2000

Africa

Guinea

10,215

-

 

Asia

Uzbekistan

4,930

2004

Africa

DRC

9,846

-

 

Asia

Iran

17,138

2006

Africa

Comoros

9,694

-

 

Asia

Syria

1,110

2007

Africa

Sierra Leone

8,000

-

 

Asia

Myanmar

1,049

2007

Africa

Djibouti

6,000

-

 

Asia

Lebanon

4,347

2008

Africa

Burundi

6,000

-

 

Asia

Philippines

2,524

2008

Africa

Liberia

5,000

-

 

Asia

Bahrain

1,341

2008

Africa

Sudan

3,000

-

 

Asia

Jordan

1,000

2008

Africa

Sao Tome

2,000

-

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

CAR

1,000

-

 

 

 

56,078

 

Africa

Cameroun

97

-

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Mali

10,454

1990

 

Europe

Montenegro

3,100

-

Africa

Burkina Faso

7,887

2001

 

Europe

Serbia

2,000

2006

Africa

Rep of Congo

6,774

2002

 

Europe

Portugal

13,650

2008

Africa

Togo

6,000

2002

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Libya

18,365

2004

 

 

 

18,750

 

Africa

Cote d'Ivoire

3,723

2005

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Senegal

3,031

2005

 

Neotropics

Paraguay

10,648

-

Africa

Equatorial Guinea

2,000

2006

 

Neotropics

Saint Lucia

6,000

-

Africa

Gambia

1,257

2007

 

Neotropics

Antigua and Barbuda

3,000

-

Africa

Malawi

1,000

2007

 

Neotropics

Nicaragua

8,810

2000

Africa

Mauritius

1,000

2007

 

Neotropics

Honduras

8,688

2000

Africa

Tunisia

3,901

2008

 

Neotropics

Peru

13,265

2005

Africa

Cape Verde

3,000

2008

 

Neotropics

Belize

2,000

2006

Africa

Niger

1,192

2008

 

Neotropics

Cuba

2,269

2007

Africa

Gabon

353

2008

 

Neotropics

Costa Rica

2,135

2007

 

 

 

2008

 

Neotropics

Guatamala

1,451

2007

 

 

176,693

2008

 

Neotropics

Venezuela

7,307

2008

 

 

 

 

 

Neotropics

Ecuador

927

2008

Oceania

Palau

6,000

 

 

Neotropics

Trinidad and Tobago

92

2008

Oceania

Papua New Guinea

9,205

 

 

Neotropics

Uruguay

15

2008

Oceania

Marshall Islands

3,000

-

 

 

 

 

 

Oceania

Samoa

400

1998

 

 

 

66,607

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,605

2008

 

Americas

Canada

134,038

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

470,771

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

No payment since acceding to Convention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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