The 2016 biennial Commission meeting of the IWC will be held at the Grand Hotel Bernardin, Portoroz, Slovenia.
The ‘Future of the IWC’ process was established at the Commission’s 59th Annual Meeting in 2007 and was an extensive body of work intended to address the main issues faced by the Commission. The majority of this work was completed over a three year period between 2007 and the Commission’s 62nd Annual Meeting in 2010. The main product was a document called ‘A Proposed Consensus Decision to Improve the Conservation of Whales’. This document was discussed extensively at the 62nd Annual Meeting, but at the end of the discussions the Chair concluded that the Commission was not in a position to come to a consensus agreement on the measures proposed.
A chronological account of the work undertaken through the Future of the IWC process can be accessed here.
In 2011 the Commission stated its desire to maintain the progress achieved through the Future of the IWC process and agreed to: