57th Meeting of the Standing Committee

The 57th meeting of the Standing Committee will take place at Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, from Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2019.

Meeting documents will be published in the official languages of the Convention, and invitations and registration information will be sent in due course to Contracting Parties, States which are not Contracting Parties, and observer organizations.

According to the Convention’s Rules of Procedure, bodies or agencies desiring to receive recognition as observers for the purposes of attending the Standing Committee meetings shall submit appropriate documentation to the Secretariat for consideration three months prior to the meeting, that is, by 24 March. Please contact for further information.

Bodies or agencies recognized as observers who desire to be represented at the meeting as observers shall submit the names of these representatives to the Secretariat at least one month prior to the opening of the meeting.

24 June 2019


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Agenda item
1 Opening statements (No documents)
1.1 Chair of the Standing Committee
1.2 Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
1.3 International Organization Partners
1.4 Secretary General of the Convention
Procedural matters
2 Adoption of the provisional agenda Show / hide docs
3 Adoption of the provisional working programme (SC57 Doc.3)
4 Admission of observers (SC57 Doc.4)
Administrative and financial matters
5 Report of the Secretary General Show / hide docs
6 Report of the Management Working Group (No document)
7 Financial and budgetary matters
7.1 Report on financial matters for 2018 and 2019 (SC57 Doc.7.1)
7.2 Report of the auditor on the financial statements 2018 (SC57 Doc.7.2)
7.3 Status of annual contributions (SC57 Doc.7.3)
7.4 Report of the Subgroup on Finance (No document)
Strategic matters
8 Urgent challenges to wise use of wetlands to receive enhanced attention (SC57 Doc.8)
9 Report of the Working Group on the Review of the Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention (SC57 Doc.9)
10 Report of the Effectiveness Working Group (SC57 Doc.10)
11 Final reports of the Chairs of retired working groups
11.1 Transition Committee Show / hide docs
11.2 Resource Mobilization Working Group Show / hide docs
11.3 Working Group on CEPA Implementation Show / hide docs
11.4 Facilitation Working Group Show / hide docs
11.5 Language Strategy Working Group Show / hide docs
11.6 Staffing Working Group Show / hide docs
12 Terms of reference of the Executive Team Show / hide docs
13 Review of the Rules of Procedure Show / hide docs
14 Review of all previous Resolutions and decisions Show / hide docs
15 Communication, capacity building, education, participation and awareness (CEPA)
15.1 Establishment of the CEPA Oversight Panel (SC57 Doc.15.1)
15.2 Report of the Secretariat on World Wetlands Day (No document)
16 Work plan of the Secretariat for 2019-2021 Show / hide docs
17 Enhancing the Convention’s visibility and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements and other international institutions Show / hide docs
18 Observer status in the United Nations General Assembly (No document)
19 Ramsar Convention Resource Mobilization Work Plan Show / hide docs
Scientific matters
20 Report of the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, including work plan for 2019-2021 (SC57 Doc.20)
Implementation matters
21 Follow up to COP13 and preparation of COP14
21.1 Report of the Secretariat on COP13 (SC57 Doc.21.1)
21.2 COP14 Host and establishment of the Subgroup on COP14 (No document)
22 Draft format for National Reports to COP14 Show / hide docs
23 Update on the status of Sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance Show / hide docs
24 Ramsar Advisory Missions: Operational guidance (SC57 Doc.24)
25 Report of the Secretariat on the Ramsar Regional Initiatives in 2018 and 2019, and establishment of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Working Group (SC57 Doc.25)
26 Wetland City Accreditation: Guidance for the 2019-2021 triennium (SC57 Doc.26)
Concluding matters
27 58th meeting of the Standing Committee
27.1 Implications of joint meetings of the Standing Committee and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (SC57 Doc.27.1)
27.2 Dates of the 58th meeting (No document)
28 Adoption of the report of the meeting (No document)
29 Any other business (No document)
30 Closing remarks (No document)