The Secretariat

The Secretariat carries out the day-to-day coordination of the Convention’s activities. It is based at the headquarters of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Gland, Switzerland.

The functions of the Secretariat are to:

  • maintain the List of Wetlands of International Importance and note any additions and changes to the List and the Ramsar Sites Database;
  • assist in recruiting new Contracting Parties;
  • help convene and organize the Conferences of Contracting Parties (COP) and regional pre-COP meetings, the meetings of the Standing Committee and of the STRP;
  • publish the Decisions, Resolutions, and Recommendations of the COP and the Standing Committee;
  • provide administrative and communications support to the STRP;
  • provide administrative, scientific, and technical support to Contracting Parties, especially in relation to the implementation of the Strategic Plan;
  • organize Ramsar Advisory Missions at the request of Contracting Parties and contribute to follow-up of RAM reports;
  • develop cooperation with other conventions, intergovernmental institutions, and national and international NGOs;
  • administer funding programmes set up to support the implementation of the Convention, seeking financial contributions, inviting and evaluating project proposals, and overseeing expenditure;
  • inform the Contracting Parties and the public of developments related to the Convention.

Funding Secretariat activities

The Convention’s core funding is based on contributions from Contracting Parties to the Convention. These contributions are based on the United Nations scale of assessment adjusted to take account of the fact that not all members of the United Nations are Contracting Parties to the Convention. The status of assessed contributions to the Convention on Wetlands is shown here. This information is updated on a monthly basis.

Secretariat staffing

The Secretariat follows IUCN procedures and policies on staffing and recruitment. The structure of the Secretariat and the current postholders are shown in this organizational chart. Any vacancies are advertised on the Convention website here.

 

Secretary General
Musonda MUMBA
+41 22 999 0007

Executive Assistant to the SG
Souad HESSE
+ 41 22 999 0419

Deputy Secretary General
Jay ALDOUS
+41 22 999 01 71

Administrative Assistant
Poppy BRACE
+41 22 999 0134

Senior Advisor (Africa)
Zebedee NJISUH
+41 22 999 0164

Senior Advisor (Americas)
María RIVERA
+41 22 999 0175

JP - Technical Support Americas
Marcela BUSTILLO SÁNCHEZ
+41 22 999 0213

Senior Advisor (Asia / Oceania)
Beom-Sik YOO
+41229990223

JP - Technical Support Asia/Oceania
Nischal DEVKOTA
+ 41 22 999 0009

JP - Technical Support Europe
Kristela TOSKAJ
+41 22 999 0023

Documentation Officer
Edmund JENNINGS
+41 22 999 0365

Resource Mobilization Officer
Sharon OSEKU-FRAINIER
+41 22 999 0269

Communications Specialist
Ivan IGA
+ 41 22 999 0149

Governance Services Officer
Delphine BRÉMOND
+41 22 999 0395

Admin. & Logistics Assistant
Alia EL ASHRAM GOLTZ
+ 41 22 999 0541

Director, Science and Policy
Jerker TAMELANDER
+41 22 999 0279

Scientific & Technical Officer
Filip AGGESTAM
+41 22 999 0182

Capacity Dev. & Policy Officer
Robert GODOY RECASENS
+41 22 999 0178

IT Officer
Manuel KERN
+41 22 999 0201

Finance Manager
Sladjana STANKOVIC
+41 22 999 0280

Accounting & Finance Assistant
Ievgen IVASHCHENKO
+41 22 999 0181

Human Resources Officer
Marie-Gabrielle ROSENBLIEH
+4122 999 0390