During the morning and afternoon of COP13’s last day, plenary adopted the remaining 11 resolutions, on:
Delegates adopted one more resolution acknowledging and thanking the UAE for hosting COP13.
Representatives from the Youth Engaged in Wetlands called on parties and all stakeholders to empower youth to actively participate in wetlands issues, and proposed “Youth in Wetlands” as the COP14 theme.
COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, thanked delegates and organizers for their collaboration and team spirit at COP13, which was gaveled to a close at 4:36pm.
Key takeaways from COP13 included:
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On Sunday, 28 October, plenary met in the morning to hear updates from the Credentials Committee, and updates on discussions from contact and informal groups. They adopted resolutions on:
The draft resolution on wetlands and peace and security was withdrawn, with the intent to submit text for consideration by the 59th meeting of the Standing Committee.
Final agreement on some draft resolutions were pending translation, including on:
After the close of plenary, revisions on the remaining resolutions were submitted to the Secretariat, including some with bracketed text, on:
As COP13 began to wind down, delegates seemed committed to working through the remaining challenges to complete their work.
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On Saturday, October 27, delegates took advantage of a number of field trip opportunities, including visits to several Ramsar wetlands.
A trip to Al Zorah, in the Emirate of Ajman, included a kayak trip and a visit to the Sharjah Natural History Museum.
Participants kayaked on the tidal lagoon, with grey mangroves flanking the sides, where they saw flamingos, herons, egrets, cormorants, terns, and jumping fish. They planted mangrove saplings as part of a restoration project and were informed the new plantings were under water by the time they reboarded the bus.
The Al-Zorah Protected Area, a portion of the lagoon, was added to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance in 2016. The protected area lies at the end of Ajman Creek, where it flows into the Gulf. Dominated by mangrove forests, the area also includes other coastal and inland wetland types such as intertidal mudflats, lagoons and creeks.
The kayak tour was hosted was the Municipality of Ajman.
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On Friday morning, COP13 elected the following parties to the Standing Committee for the coming triennium: Chad, Algeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Zambia for Africa; the UK, Sweden, Armenia, and Azerbaijan for Europe; Australia for Oceania; Mexico for North America; Bhutan, Japan, and Oman for Asia; and Uruguay, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic for Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Delegates then resumed consideration of draft resolutions, focusing on:
In the afternoon, delegates completed the first review of all draft resolutions with discussions on:
Plenary returned to the issue of the Convention’s governance to discuss compromise text replacing two earlier draft proposals, which would: retire seven subsidiary bodies and establish an Effectiveness Working Group to review the governance structure intersessionally, including with assistance of an independent consultant.
On a separate draft resolution on the responsibilities, roles, and composition of the Standing Committee, delegates agreed to have terms of reference defined for the Executive Team, for approval by SC57.
Key takeaways from the day included:
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On Thursday morning, COP13 met in plenary to consider draft resolutions on:
Delegates also heard the report of the Standing Committee on the Ramsar Wetland City Accreditation approving 18 cities. At the beginning of the afternoon plenary, the Ramsar Secretariat presented accreditation certificates to mayors and other dignitaries from 18 cities from China, France, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Madagascar, Hungary, and Sri Lanka. The event was commemorated with a side event at the close of plenary.
Delegates then considered draft resolutions on:
Delegates met in contact groups on various proposed draft resolutions in the morning and evening.
Key takeaways for the day included:
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On Wednesday, COP13 met in plenary throughout the day.
In the morning, delegates began working through the 26 draft resolutions and recommendations with discussions on:
In the afternoon, delegates considered draft resolutions on:
Contact groups met in the afternoon and evening on: credentials; finance and budgetary matters; governance issues; language strategy; wetlands for peace and security; and wetlands in polar and subpolar regions. A contact group on regional initiatives was also established.
Key takeaways included:
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On Tuesday, the COP13 met in plenary throughout the day to address organizational matters and consider reports.
Plenary elected: Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, as COP13 President; Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director General, Fujairah Municipality, UAE, as Alternate President; and Kristina Niikkonen, Finland, and Paul Mafabi, Uganda, as Vice Presidents.
Delegates heard reports related to:
The day concluded with the presentation of the Global Wetland Outlook. Key highlights included:
A working group was organized to progress work during COP13 on finance and budget.
Key takeaways included:
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On Monday evening , 22 October, following a welcome reception, COP13 opened under the theme, "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future" in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
During opening ceremonies, Uruguay, the COP12 host country, handed over the ceremonial Ramsar flag to UAE, transferring the COP Presidency for the next triennium.
Delegates heard opening remarks from Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, and Jorge Rucks, Chair of the Standing Committee. Additional speakers welcomed delegates, considered the Ramsar Convention in the international context, and highlighted wetlands protection and restoration efforts in the UAE.
A video presentation illustrated the rich diversity of life in protected UAE wetlands.
The evening closed with the Ramsar Awards Ceremony, which recognized: Fundación Global Nature, Spain, for wise use of wetlands; and Youth Climate Action Network of Samoa, for young wetlands champions. Ma Guangren, China, received a Merit award for lifetime achievement in wetlands conservation and restoration projects in China and Asia. Danone was recognized for its 20 years of commitment to conservation and sustainable management of wetlands of international importance.
Regional meetings took place earlier in the day and a midday special event, “UN Ocean Conference Community of Ocean Action on Mangroves: Progress and Opportunities,” highlighted the critical role of mangrove ecosystems for coastal and ocean resilience.
Key takeaways from the first day included:
For a brief history of the Ramsar convention and more details on opening ceremonies, see our curtain raiser.
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