IWC overview

The IWMC Opening Statements presented at the most recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings are witness to the deficient status of the IWC. IWMC believes strongly that the IWC should base its decisions on the concerns of people and the merits of science-based management. Unfortunately, too often the IWC has failed to acknowledge cultural traditions when… Continue reading IWC overview

IWC Reform is Long Overdue

We have a major challenge ahead of us here in Brazil. Does the IWC possess the courage and capability to reform itself? Or will it evade its responsibilities once again? Previous attempts to normalize its processes have failed, leaving the IWC unrecognizable from the institution created seventy years ago. Now we have a proposal before… Continue reading IWC Reform is Long Overdue

IWMC Opening Statement – IWC 66: The IWC: Providing an Example

It is widely agreed that the International Whaling Commission is dysfunctional.  Such is its dysfunctionality that it holds the distinction of being the only international organization that has undertaken a multi-year adventure to “normalize” its workings – a development that predictability failed. Since then, the IWC has drifted with little purpose, perfunctorily completing its processes… Continue reading IWMC Opening Statement – IWC 66: The IWC: Providing an Example

Opening Statement by IWMC World Conservation Trust to IWC 65

IWMC World Conservation Trust wishes to thank the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and its people for hosting the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Whatever else might be said about the debate over whaling, it has demonstrated considerable longevity as an ongoing public issue.  This might be understandable in the context of… Continue reading Opening Statement by IWMC World Conservation Trust to IWC 65

IWMC Opening Statement to the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Republic of Panama

A Pattern of Failure IWMC World Conservation Trust wishes to offer its most sincere thanks to the Government and People of the Republic of Panama for hosting the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, thus reaffirming the country’s strong commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. International agreements on whaling… Continue reading IWMC Opening Statement to the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Republic of Panama