Monday 29 June 2020

​COVID19 pushes IWC68 to 2021


The 68thmeeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Initially scheduled for 25 September to 2 October 2020, it is now likely to take place in September 2021, although the dates are yet to be confirmed.
 
The venue of Portorož, Slovenia remains unchanged.
 
Japan, a member since 1951, withdrew from the Commission in 2019 following a successful action in the International Court of Justice that challenged the validity of Japan’s scientific whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.
 
Japan is expected to have a non-voting presence at IWC68, having retained its ‘observer’ status.
 
Scientific Committee meeting shifts to cyberspace
This year’s meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee (SC), scheduled to take place in Cambridge, United Kingdom, went ahead in May this year as planned, conducted for the first time online. While there were challenges presented by SC members living in different time zones around the world, the virtual nature of the meeting enabled the attendance of a record number of participants.


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