Standing Committee

The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the Conference of the Parties (COP). It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to

  • ensure that decisions are implemented,
  • monitor the budget,
  • make recommendations for consideration by the next COP,
  • provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat,
  • represent the  COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat,
  • act as a bureau at the COP,
  • and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.

The Standing Committee usually meets immediately before and after the COP. Intersessionally it usually meets once a year. The Committee consists of representatives of every global region, of the Depositary, of the country that hosted the previous COP and where applicable, of the country which plans to host the next meeting of the COP. The two regions with the largest membership (Europe and Africa) have three representatives each, Central & South America & the Caribbean and Asia both have two and Oceania one. There are no Parties from North America.

Terms of Reference for the Regional Representatives, adopted by the 37th Meeting of the Standing Committee

The current membership of the Standing Committee is as follows:

Members of the CMS Standing Committee

Africa Congo (Brazzaville) Mali
  South Africa * Algeria
  United Republic of Tanzania Kenya
Asia Mongolia (Vice-Chair)* Tajikistan
  Kyrgyzstan Pakistan

South & Central America and the Caribbean

Bolivia* Argentina
  Costa Rica Panama
Europe Norway (Chair)  
  France* Latvia
  Georgia Switzerland
North America (no Parties) vacant vacant
Oceania Fiji* Palau
Depositary Germany*
Host of COP12 Philippines
Host of COP13 India

** Chair of the Finance & Budget Sub-Committee (to be decided) * Members of the Finance & Budget Sub-Committee

CMS Standing Committee Members since 1985 (Table in PDF Format)


Reports and documents of all meetings are available below.

StC Rules of Procedure

Title Start date Statussort descending Country CMS Instrument
17th Standing Committee Meeting 16.04.1997 Concluded Switzerland CMS
31st Standing Committee Meeting 28.09.2006 Concluded Germany CMS
Extraordinary Meeting of the Standing Committee 08.06.2009 Concluded Switzerland CMS
18th Standing Committee Meeting 03.02.1998 Concluded Germany CMS
32nd Standing Committee Meeting 08.11.2007 Concluded Germany CMS
41st Standing Committee Meeting 27.11.2013 Concluded Germany CMS
19th Standing Committee Meeting 28.01.1999 Concluded Germany CMS
33rd Standing Committee Meeting 22.09.2008 Concluded Germany CMS
42nd Standing Committee Meeting 02.11.2014 Concluded Ecuador CMS
2nd Standing Committee Meeting 29.09.1987 Concluded Germany CMS
34th Standing Committee Meeting 30.11.2008 Concluded Italy CMS
43rd Standing Committee Meeting 09.11.2014 Concluded Ecuador CMS
20th Standing Committee Meeting 09.11.1999 Concluded South Africa CMS
35th Standing Committee Meeting 05.12.2008 Concluded Italy CMS
44th Standing Committee Meeting 14.10.2015 Concluded Germany CMS
21st Standing Committee Meeting 16.11.1999 Concluded South Africa CMS
36th Standing Committee Meeting 02.12.2009 Concluded Germany CMS
45th Standing Committee Meeting 09.11.2016 Concluded Germany CMS
22nd Standing Committee Meeting 21.09.2000 Concluded Germany CMS
37th Standing Committee Meeting 23.11.2010 Concluded Germany CMS
46th Standing Committee Meeting 22.10.2017 Concluded Philippines CMS
23rd Standing Committee Meeting 13.12.2001 Concluded Germany CMS
38th Standing Committee Meeting 19.11.2011 Concluded Norway CMS
47th Standing Committee Meeting 28.10.2017 Concluded Philippines CMS