In 2018, the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP13) elected a new Standing Committee to oversee Convention affairs until COP14 in 2021.
The first meeting of the current Standing Committee (SC56) elected the United Arab Emirates as its Chair and Sweden as Vice-Chair.
The regional composition, functions, and responsibilities of the Standing Committee and its members are governed by Resolution XIII.4 (2018), which supersedes the former arrangements set out in Resolution VII.1 (1999) and Resolution XII.4 (2015).
Voting members and alternate members (Regional Representatives):
COP13 host: United Arab Emirates (Chair)
COP14 host: China
Contracting Party Permanent Observer: Switzerland, host country of the Secretariat
The Management Working Group is composed of:
Uruguay as outgoing Standing Committee Chair for the 2015-2018 triennium
Australia as outgoing Standing Committee Vice-Chair for the 2015-2018 triennium
The United Arab Emirates as current Standing Committee Chair
Sweden (Chair), as current Standing Committee Vice-Chair
Senegal as outgoing Chair of the Subgroup on Finance
Mexico as current Chair of the Subgroup on Finance
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The United States of America
The Chair of the STRP for the 2019-2021 triennium
Representative of the International Organization Partners: Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT)
Secretary General (ex officio)
The Subgroup on Finance is composed of:
Senegal, as the outgoing Chair of the Subgroup on Finance
Panama, Switzerland, and the United States of America as interested Parties
The Conference of Contracting Parties established the Effectiveness Working Group through Resolution XIII.3 on Governance of the Convention.
The Working Group is composed of:
Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Cameroon, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, the Netherlands, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Chair), the United States of America, Uruguay and Zambia (Vice-Chair).
The Conference of Contracting Parties established the Strategic Plan Working Group through Resolution XIII.5 on Review of the fourth Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention.
The Working Group is composed of:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Benin, Bhutan, the Dominican Republic, Oman, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda (Chair) and the United States of America.
The Ramsar Regional Initiatives Working Group is composed of:
Algeria, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Chad, Costa Rica, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Sweden, Togo, and Ukraine; and the coordinators of each of the Initiatives.
The Subgroup on COP14 is composed of:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, China (Chair), Costa Rica, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America.
The CEPA Oversight Panel is composed of:
Chair: Jenny Lonnstad (Sweden)
Vice-Chair: Lisa-Maria Rebelo (Vice-Chair of the STRP)
Six representatives of Contracting Parties; one representative per region:
Two NGO Focal Points:
Representative of the IOPS: Chris Rostron, WWT
The Observer Status Working Group is composed of:
Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Chad, Colombia, Guinea, Mexico, Russian Federation, Switzerland, United States of America and Uruguay.