Mr Rune Fjeld, Acting County Governor of Hordaland, on behalf of Norway formally welcomed delegates to the Third Session of the Meeting of the Parties to ACAP. Mr Fjeld emphasised the importance of the Agreement and the need for all States to work cooperatively for the conservation of albatrosses, petrels and their environment. He wished all participants a successful and productive meeting.
Eleven Parties were represented at MoP3: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and Uruguay. Apologies were received from Chile and Ecuador, which were not represented. Three Range States were represented: Canada, Japan and the United States of America (USA).
Relevant RFMOs, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations were invited to attend the meeting as observers. The United Nations Environmental Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Africa-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), BirdLife International, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) were present.