Highlights and images of main proceedings for 29 October 2018

Summary

Highlights for Monday, 29 October 2018

Delegates from Canada, the EU, Kenya, the Philippines, and the US consulting on the resolution on intertidal wetlands

During the morning and afternoon of COP13’s last day, plenary adopted the remaining 11 resolutions, on:

  • financial and budgetary matters;
  • enhancing the Convention’s implementation, visibility, and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements;
  • Ramsar Regional Initiatives 2019-2021 and their operational framework;
  • future implementation of scientific and technical aspects of the Convention for 2019-2021;
  • promoting conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of coastal blue carbon ecosystems;
  • cultural values, indigenous peoples and local communities, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in wetlands;
  • rapid assessment of wetland ecosystem services;
  • sustainable agriculture in wetlands;
  • promoting the conservation and wise use of intertidal wetlands and ecologically associated habitats;
  • wetlands in West Asia; and
  • wetlands in the Arctic and sub-Arctic.
  • 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:

  • a step-by-step plan and timetable for including Arabic as the fourth official Convention language;
  • a consensus approach and deft negotiations demonstrating that parties can reach agreement, even on politically sensitive issues, such as cooperation on wise use of wetlands in West Asia; and
  • the launch of the Global Wetland Outlook as a significant accomplishment of both the STRP and CEPA Programme, underscoring the urgency and scale of work needed to ensure the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
  • Please return to this site on 1 November for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of Ramsar COP13.

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided a curtain raiser, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis report from COP13.


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    COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham and Marwa Al Amiri, UAE
    Serge Hervé Ondoua, Cameroon
    Simon Malete, South Africa
    L-R: Rita Khanna and Manju Pandey, India
    L-R: Cheryl Case and David Stroud, UK
    L-R: María José Viñals and Magdalena Bernues Sanz, Spain
    Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
    Hela Guidara, Tunisia
    Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, US
    Tricia Lovell, Antigua and Barbuda
    Monique Curtis, Jamaica
    Gert Michael Steiner, Austria
    Cynthia Silva Maturana, Bolivia
    Mark Taylor, Australia
    Daniel Nicer, the Philippines
    Anayeli Cabrera Murrieta, Mexico
    Yoshiko Motoyama, Japan
    Karen Jenderedjian, Armenia
    Pedro Julio Ruiz Hernandez, Cuba
    Abdou Salam Kane, Senegal
    Joon-woo Seo, Republic of Korea
    Subutay Yüksel, Turkey
    COP13 Vice President Paul Mafabi, Uganda, at the African Region consultations
    L-R: Jonathan Barzdo, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General; Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General; COP13 Vice President Kristiina Niikkonen, Finland; and COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham


    L-R: COP13 Vice President Paul Mafabi, Uganda; COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham; and COP13 Vice President Kristiina Niikkonen, Finland
    Delegates from the Latin America and the Caribbean Group consulting
    Delegates from the US, Iran and Iraq, consulting
    L-R: Takuma Satoh and Anne Valentina Bourbon, Youth Engaged in Wetlands
    Salomón Botero Bermudez, one of the youngest COP13 participants
    L-R: Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General; COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE; and COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham
    Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General
    Jonathan Barzdo, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General
    COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham
    COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
    COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:36 pm

    Participants

    Negotiating blocs
    European Union
    Non-state coalitions
    Youth