International Whaling Commission meetings

WWF particiates in the International Whaling Commission meetings to ensure that it functions as effectively as possible, and that progress is made for cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) conservation.
That means making the IWC an effective international forum for the conservation of all cetaceans particularly those that are endangered - and to work to minimise adverse human impacts from commercial exploitation (whaling), fisheries bycatch, marine pollution, climate change, ship strikes, noise pollution, and other human-caused threats.

How IWC works

The work cycle of the International Whaling Commission revolves around preparation for the Annual Meeting and then administering the decisions taken during those meetings.

This cycle may be interspersed with smaller intersessional meetings of a specialized nature (e.g. scientific workshops).

The Annual Meeting is held either by invitation in any member country (host government), or in the UK - the Secretariat's base.

The Annual Meeting comprises three parts:

  • A meeting of IWC’s Scientific Committee - usually around two weeks in length and attended by approximately 160 scientists;
  • Meetings of the Commission’s sub-committees - usually around 4 days and attended by approximately 250 people;
  • Annual Commission Meeting - 4-5 days and attended by around 350 people including government delegates (some high ranking, such as Ministers, Ambassadors), observers from non-member governments, other intergovernmental organizations, and non-government organizations (NGOs), and the press/media;
The Annual Meeting is usually held in the period May/June.

(Extracted from the IWC web site)

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