IFAW Memorandum Commitee II Issues

IFAW Memorandum Commitee II Issues 2013-Feb-12

The overuse of the secret ballot voting procedure
has the potential to erode transparency and undermine
multilateral decision-making. While there is merit in
retaining the option of secret ballots, moving toward
a system that requires the support of more than a
nominal fraction of the Parties is important to maintaining
the integrity of the decision-making process.
Other treaties, including the Ramsar Convention and
the Convention on Migratory Species, only conduct
votes by secret ballot when a motion for a secret ballot
has been approved by a majority of Parties present and
voting.