Given that the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are driving national and international planning and funding efforts, attention continues to be given to ensure that wetlands and the work of Contracting Parties under the Convention contribute to these policy frameworks.
The Secretariat has thus continued its engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including with regard to indicator SDG 6.6.1 (on change in extent of water-related ecosystems), as requested in Decision SC53-17. It participated in the 6th meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) in Manama, Bahrain (11-14 November 2017) and continued its engagement in the work of the target team on indicator 6.6.1 led by UN Environment.
The Secretariat also participated in the global workshop for integrated monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation, organized by UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit and eight United Nations agencies in The Hague, the Netherlands (21–23 November 2017). The aim has been to ensure that the process for monitoring achievement of the SDGs, especially on water-related ecosystems, takes account of Contracting Parties’ commitment to reporting on the extent of wetlands.
An important development is that, because of this work, the IAEG-SDG in a WebEx meeting on 28 November 2017 decided that the Ramsar Convention should become a co-custodian for this indicator and requested that the Ramsar Secretariat and UN Environment jointly work on the review of the methodology for the indicator to be presented to its meeting in March 2018.