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


Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, US Country Director
US Country Director
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Chief of Staff, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Kelvin Alie, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation