Current Standing Committee (2018-2021): Members

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 Standing Committee

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):

  • Africa: Algeria (Alternate member: State of Libya), Chad (Alternate: Central African Republic), Sierra Leone (Alternate: Senegal), Uganda (Alternate: Rwanda), Zambia (Alternate: Lesotho)
  • Asia: Bhutan (Alternate member: Philippines), Japan (Alternate: China), Oman (Alternate: Kuwait)
  • Europe: Armenia (Alternate member: Russian Federation), Azerbaijan (Alternate: Ukraine), Sweden (alternate: Estonia), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Alternate: Austria)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica (Alternate member: El Salvador), Dominican Republic (Alternate: Saint Lucia), Uruguay (Alternate: Ecuador)
  • North America: Mexico (Alternate member: the United States of America)
  • Oceania: Australia (Alternate member: Fiji)

COP13 host: United Arab Emirates (Chair)
COP14 host: China
Contracting Party Permanent Observer: Switzerland, host country of the Secretariat

 

The Management Working Group

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)
Switzerland
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

The Subgroup on Finance is composed of:

  • Sierra Leone, representing the Africa region
  • Japan, representing the Asia region
  • Estonia, representing the Europe region
  • Costa Rica, representing the Latin America and the Caribbean region
  • Mexico (Chair), representing the North America region
  • Australia, representing the Oceania region

Senegal, as the outgoing Chair of the Subgroup on Finance
Panama, Switzerland, and the United States of America as interested Parties

 

The Effectiveness Working Group

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 Strategic Plan Working Group

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

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.

 

Subgroup on COP14

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.

 

CEPA Oversight Panel

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:

  • Africa: Regina Caeli Namakula (Uganda)
  • Asia: Hari Bhadra Acharya (Nepal)
  • Europe: Olesya Petrovych (Ukraine)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Andrea Mendizábal (Honduras)
  • North America: Kristen Koyama (United States of America)
  • Oceania: Mark Taylor (Australia)

Two NGO Focal Points:

  • Africa: Salwa Abdelhameed (Sudan)
  • Asia: Jasim Al Asadi (Iraq)

Representative of the IOPS: Chris Rostron, WWT

 

Observer Status Working Group

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.