Wednesday 25 November 2015 was Dr. Christopher Briggs’ last day as the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention. Under Dr. Briggs’ tenure as Secretary General, the Contracting Parties passed a number of important Resolutions at their 12th Meeting (COP12) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, including the Fourth Ramsar Strategic Plan for 2016-2024. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat thanks him for his commitment and dedication, and wishes him all the very best for the future.
At the 51st meeting of the Standing Committee 23-27 November 2015, the Ramsar Executive Team asked Dr. Ania Grobicki, the Deputy Secretary General, to fulfil the role of Acting Secretary General ad interim as of Thursday 26 November, and she has accepted. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat will continue to support all the Contracting Parties and the Standing Committee in their implementation of the Strategic Plan.
Under the leadership of the Ramsar Executive Team, IUCN will soon be launching the search process for the next Secretary General.