23-27 September 2024 Lima, Peru
69th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC69)

The 69th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC6) will convene in Lima, Peru. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW) sub-committee on 22 September 2024.

The International Whaling Commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington D.C., US, on 2 December 1946. The preamble to the Convention states that its purpose is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.

An integral part of the Convention is its legally binding ‘Schedule’.  The Schedule sets out specific measures that the IWC has collectively decided are necessary in order to regulate whaling and conserve whale stocks. These measures include catch limits (which may be zero as is the case for commercial whaling) by species and area, designating specified areas as whale sanctuaries, protection of calves and females accompanied by calves, and restrictions on hunting methods.

The biennial Commission meeting of the IWC is attended by around 400 people including government delegates, observers from non-member governments, other inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and representatives of the media. 

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dates: 23-27 September 2024
location: Lima, Peru
www: https://iwc.int/events-and-workshops/iwc69-2024

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