The 58th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC58) has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and will now take place from Monday 26 to Friday 30 October 2020, at the headquarters of the Convention Secretariat in Gland, Switzerland.
Taking into account the directives of the Swiss authorities, the expected continuing status of confinements and travel restrictions across the world and the fact that international meetings taking place from June to August have been either cancelled or postponed, the Standing Committee determined that it would not be possible to hold SC58 from 22 to 26 June as initially planned, and has selected the new dates of 26 to 30 October 2020, with meetings of the Committee’s subgroups and working groups to be held on Monday 26 October.
The Standing Committee is in the process of identifying those agenda items and issues for which a decision is needed before October, and the best way to manage these issues in the interim period. The Secretariat will in due course inform Contracting Parties of the Standing Committee’s conclusions and a summary of the work to be accomplished over the coming months. In addition, a revised agenda for the meeting will be published on the Convention’s website, at https://www.ramsar.org/event/58th-meeting-of-the-standing-committee, three months in advance of the rescheduled date.