UAE wins bid to host Ramsar conference in 2018

ABU DHABI, 7th February 2015 (WAM) — The UAE has won the bid to host the Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention in 2018.

The UAE’s winning bid was presented during Ramsar’s 48th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC48) which was concluded on 30 January in Gland, Switzerland.

At the meeting in Switzerland, the UAE’s delegation to the meeting, led by Director-General of Fujairah Municipality, Mohammed Saif Al Afkham, officially presented the UAE’s detailed bid to host the 2018 conference.

China was the major Asian rival of the UAE’s bid which emerged more convincing.

The state parties meet every three years at the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) and this year, 2015, Uruguay will host the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP12) in summer 2015.

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”.

In a letter to the UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, the Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention, Christopher Briggs, thanked the UAE for its support to the organisation and for its international presence.

Briggs expected the 2018 meeting to be a success due to the UAE’s good reputation and leadership in the Arab region and the rest of the world.