The Meeting of the Parties is the main governing body of the Convention. It comprises all Parties to the Convention. At its meetings, other Signatories and other States as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations participate as observers. The mandate of the Meeting of the Parties is to keep under continuous review the implementation of the Convention and take the necessary measures required to achieve the purposes of the Convention.

Sessions of the Meeting of the Parties:


First session of the Meeting of the Parties (Helsinki, 2-4 July 1997)
Second session of the Meeting of the Parties (The Hague, 23-25 March 2000)
Third session of the Meeting of the Parties (Madrid, 26-28 November 2003)
Fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (Bonn, 20-22 November 2006)
Fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (Geneva, 10-12 November 2009)
Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (Rome, 28-30 November 2012)
Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties (Budapest, 17-19 November 2015)
Eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties (Astana, 10-12 October 2018)