Intersessional work of the Standing Committee - 2020-2021

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Standing Committee decided that its 73rd meeting would not take place on 5-9 October 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland (see Notification to the Parties No. 2020/051 of 16 July 2020). The Standing Committee had concluded that a face-to-face meeting was not possible due to concerns related to the health and safety of participants, sanitary measures, border controls, and restrictions caused to air travel and agreed on the postponement option.

Following the decision that its 73rd meeting would not take place on 5-9 October in Geneva, the Standing Committee held a Question and Answer Session with the Secretariat about the options for SC73 on 1 July 2020. The Secretariat had proposed three scenarios: postponement, online meeting with sessions of limited duration, or a hybrid in-person/online meeting, based on a similar analysis prepared for the meetings of the Animals and Plants Committees. The aide memoire of this Q&A session can be found here.

Led by its Chair, the Standing Committee is developing actions to advance its work intersessionally.

Most preparatory work for the accomplishment of tasks mandated to the Standing Committee by the Conference of the Parties is being undertaken by the Animals Committee, the Plants Committee or the Secretariat in accordance with the instructions from the CoP.

Some issues are being taken forward by intersessional working groups established by the Standing Committee at its 72nd meeting. Details of their mandates and membership can be found here. The Standing Committee will create further working groups as required using the procedure for intersessional decision-making in Rule 20 of its Rules of Procedure.

The record of an online meeting of the Standing Committee’s Finance & Budget Subcommittee (FBSC) held on 15 October 2020 can be found here. The financial report on the CITES Core Trust Fund for 2020 as at 30 September, which was reviewed by the FBSC, can be found here.  

After consultation with the Chair of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat is preparing additional background documents to assist the Committee with its work.

Intersessional decisions taken by the Standing Committee

Subject

Date

Link

Establishment of intersessional working groups

 

Notification xxx

 

Documents circulated by the Secretariat for comment by Parties and stakeholders (deadline 7 December 2020)

Subject

Date

Link

Guidance for chairs of CITES working groups established by the Standing Committee, Animals Committee and Plants Committee

05/11/2020

SC2020 Doc. 1

Guidance on the use of the scientific exchange exemption and the simplified procedures to issue permits and certificates

05/11/2020

SC2020 Doc. 2

Review of Resolutions and Decisions

05/11/2020

SC2020 Doc. 3

Revised Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports and Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual illegal trade reports

05/11/2020

SC2020 Doc. 4

Guidance for the publication of the Appendices

05/11/2020

SC2020 Doc. 5

 

Documents for information

Subject

Date

Link

National laws for implementation of the Convention: update on progress to the Standing Committee

20/11/2020

SC2020 Inf. 1

Submission of annual reports: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 2
Application of Article XIII in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 3
Application of Article XIII in Guinea: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 4
Application of Article XIII in the Lao People's Democratic Republic: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 5
Application of Article XIII in Nigeria: update on progress to the Standing Committee   SC2020 Inf. 6
Introduction from the sea of sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) by Japan: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 7
Malagasy palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.) and ebonies (Diospyros spp.): update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 8
National ivory action plans process: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 9
Ivory stockpiles: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 10
Review of Significant Trade in specimens of Appendix-II species: update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 11
Illegal trade in Asian big cats (Felidae spp.): update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 12
Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.): update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 13
Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi): update on progress to the Standing Committee 20/11/2020 SC2020 Inf. 14

 

Any new developments on the intersessional work of the Standing Committee will be posted on this webpage.