58th Meeting of the Standing Committee

The 58th meeting of the Standing Committee will be held at Secretariat headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, from Monday 26 to Friday 30 October 2020.

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 (constitution of the organization, name and contact of the CEO and qualification in fields relating to the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands) to the Secretariat () for consideration three months prior to the meeting, that is, by 26 July 2020.


Intersessional Process of the Standing Committee
Given that SC58 has been postponed for four months to the new dates noted above, the Standing Committee has identified a number of time-sensitive issues to be addressed intersessionally. Information on these issues and the process to address them was shared with all Contracting Parties through Diplomatic Note 2020/6 on 19 May 2020.

Agenda of the intersessional virtual sessions of 23 and 25 June 2020

Report and Decisions

Summary of Decisions


Documentation on issues not included as SC58 agenda items can be found here:

Elements of advice for the GEF


26 October 2020 - 30 October 2020


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1. Opening statements (No documents)
1.1. Chair of the Standing Committee (United Arab Emirates)
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 (SC58 Doc.3)
4. Admission of observers (SC58 Doc.4)
Administrative and financial matters
5. Report of the Executive Team and Chair of the Standing Committee Show / hide docs
6. Report of the Secretary General Show / hide docs
7. Report of the Management Working Group (Document to be confirmed)
8. Financial and budgetary matters: Report of the Subgroup on Finance
8.1. Report of the auditor on the financial statements 2019 (Included in item 8.2: no document)
8.2. Report on financial matters for 2019 and 2020 Show / hide docs
8.3 Status of annual contributions Show / hide docs
Strategic matters
9. Urgent challenges to the wise use of wetlands to receive enhanced attention: Best practices in the development of wetland inventories Show / hide docs
10. Report of the Working Group on the Review of the Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention Show / hide docs
11. Report of the Effectiveness Working Group (No document)
12. Review of the Rules of Procedure Show / hide docs
13. Review of all previous Resolutions and decisions Show / hide docs
14. Report of the Working Group on Observer status in the United Nations General Assembly (SC58 Doc.14)
15. Communication, capacity building, education, participation and awareness (CEPA)
15.1 Report 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 (declaration by the United Nations General Assembly) (No document)
16. Work plan of the Secretariat for 2020 Show / hide docs
17. Management of requests for data Show / hide docs
18. Enhancing the Convention’s visibility and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements and other international institutions Show / hide docs
Scientific matters
19. Report of the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel Show / hide docs
Implementation matters
20. Preparation of COP14
20.1 Report of the Subgroup on COP14 (No document)
20.2 Report of the Secretariat on COP14 Show / hide docs
20.3 The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards Show / hide docs
20.4 Process for preparation and review of draft resolutions Show / hide docs
21. Update on the status of Sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance Show / hide docs
22. Ramsar Regional Initiatives
22.1. Report of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Working Group (Document to be confirmed)
22.2. Report of the Secretariat on the Ramsar Regional Initiatives Show / hide docs
22.3. Legal status of Ramsar Regional Initiatives Show / hide docs
22.4. Review of Ramsar Regional Initiatives Resolutions and decisions (SC58 Doc.22.4)
23. Report of the Co-chairs of the Independent Advisory Committee on Wetland City Accreditation Show / hide docs
Concluding matters (No documents)
24. Dates of the 59th meeting of the Standing Committee
25. Adoption of the report of the meeting
26. Any other business
27. Closing remarks