Update on Cooperation with other Organisations
The Commission and the Scientific and Conservation Committees have adopted numerous recommendations over the years for strengthening engagement with other organisations. The IWC Secretariat, in collaboration with members of the SC, CC and SWGs have been working to carry out these mandates, in addition to exploring newly emerging opportunities. The pandemic has hampered the ability of the Secretariat and the CC and SC to be engaged with other IGOs over the past year, as is the case globally. While virtual meetings are often being used as opportunities to continue IGO work, staff time continues to be stretched the usual constraints of FTEs and budget have underscored the need to establish priorities for engagement and representation by other means, such as through participation in virtual meetings as well as engaging members of the IWC community. The Secretariat regularly updates Contracting Governments and observers on the relevant activities in other IGOs and these include requests for assistance in preparation for IWC engagement, whether by the Secretariat or member country representatives.