Dubaï, United Arab Emirates, 20-29 October 2018
About the Ramsar COP13
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands organizes its Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) every three years, bringing together representatives of the member governments to the Convention (170), a large number of international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as experts on wetlands-related issues.
The thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) will be held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 20 to 29 October 2018, with a focus on the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”, which highlights the important role played by wetlands in making cities livable.
There are a number of important issues on the agenda for the future of wetlands, including the impact of climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the revision of the implementation of the 4th Strategic Plan of the Ramsar Convention for the period 2016-2021.
A Mediterranean presence at COP13: the Agora
The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) wishes to welcome to the Mediterranean Agora the Mediterranean community and indeed all of the delegates and observers present at Ramsar COP13, fostering a connection that aims to be inclusive and welcoming and that promotes the cooperation and cultural richness of the region.
MedWet coordinates the presence of the Mediterranean community at the COP through a program of different side events that will be presented outside the plenary sessions of the COP. These side events will be opportunities to learn and share information and to demonstrate the commitment of the Mediterranean community to improving the conservation and sustainable use of Mediterranean wetlands.
MedWet is also working with its MedWet/Com members to ensure the involvement of the Mediterranean in the official COP proceedings, particularly through a specific resolution on the role of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives like MedWet and their importance for the implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan at the regional level.
The presence of the Mediterranean at the Ramsar COP13 is supported by the MAVA Foundation, the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Total Foundation.