57th Meeting of the Standing Committee

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

Meeting documents are published below in the official languages of the Convention.

In-session documents are published here.


Report and decisions of the meeting

Summary of decisions


24 June 2019 - 28 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 Show / hide docs
4 Admission of observers Show / hide docs
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 – Report of the Subgroup on Finance
7.1 Report on financial matters for 2018 and 2019 Show / hide docs
7.2 Report of the auditor on the financial statements 2018 (included in item 7.1)
7.3 Status of annual contributions Show / hide docs
7.4 Small Grants Fund – Proposal for final beneficiaries Show / hide docs
Strategic matters
8 Urgent challenges to the wise use of wetlands to receive enhanced attention Show / hide docs
9 Report of the Working Group on the Review of the Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention Show / hide docs
10 Report of the Effectiveness Working Group and approval of the terms of reference of the 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 Report of the Executive Team
12.1 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 Show / hide docs
15.2 Report of the Secretariat on World Wetlands Day (No document)
15.3 Implementation of Resolution XIII.1 on World Wetlands Day (UN request) (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
17Bis Contributions of the Convention to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 (No document)
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 draft work plan for 2019-2021 Show / hide docs
Implementation matters
21 Follow up to COP13 and preparation of COP14
21.1 Report of the Secretariat on COP13 Show / hide docs
21.1Bis Oral report of the Secretariat on the Ramsar Award on Innovation
21.2 COP14 Host and establishment of the Subgroup on COP14 (No document)
22 National Reports for 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 Show / hide docs
25 Report of the Secretariat on the Ramsar Regional Initiatives in 2018 and 2019, and establishment of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Working Group Show / hide docs
26 Wetland City Accreditation: Guidance for the 2019-2021 triennium Show / hide docs
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 Show / hide docs
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)