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The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) will be held in Quito, Ecuador from 4 to 9 November 2014. The Government of Ecuador has generously offered to host the COP and the 42nd and 43rd meetings of the Standing Committee together with a High Level Ministerial Panel and regional coordination meetings. 

 


Vista panorámica desde el Guagua Pichincha, Ecuador © Jaime del Castillo/Wikimedia Commons

Vista panorámica desde el Guagua Pichincha, Ecuador © Jaime del Castillo/Wikimedia Commons


Venue

The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS will take place at the "Quorum Quito Conference Center", in the valley of Cumbayá, some 30 minutes by car away from the centre of Quito.

Address:

Urb Santa Lucia Oceanic Way, Passage A

Within Paseo San Francisco

Quito - Ecuador

Conference Center Website
 


Meeting Registration

The online pre-registration form for COP11 is available at www.cms.int/cop11/registration.


Meeting Documents

Meeting documents will be put online as they become available. Please take note of the Provisional Agenda.


National Reports

Other reports and information required under the Convention, particulary reports under Article VI, paragraph 3, on measures being taken by Parties and Range States with respect to species listed in the Appendices should reach the Secretariat by 30 May 2014 (extended deadline). The CMS Family Online Reporting System is available at http://cms-family-ors.unep-wcmc.org/.

Quick Guide for the CMS Online Reporting System


Signing Ceremonies

COP11 will provide an opportunity for countries to sign any existing MOUs. The Secretariat would be grateful if Parties give notice if they plan to sign an MOU to enable the necessary arrangements to be made.  Delegates of countries wishing to sign an MOU need to be granted powers by an appropriate authority. A sample letter of powers to sign an MOU will be provided by the Secretariat upon request.


Funding Eligible Delegates

The Secretariat aims at supporting the maximum participation of Parties in the Conference. However, the budget approved by COP10 will not be sufficient to support all eligible delegates particularly in the light of the increased membership. Therefore, the Secretariat invites Parties and other donors to contribute towards meeting the cost of the expenses. Considering the above-mentioned uncertainties concerning the possibility of funding, Parties representatives potentially eligible for financial support are invited to explore alternatives to cover their costs. In accordance with Resolution 10.1 representatives of developing countries with no unpaid pledges will receive preference for such funding when available.


Hotel Information (Updated 5 August)

All participants maybook their hotel rooms through the following website: http://amazangaexpeditions.com/cop11cms.  The website offers special rates for the duration of the COP.

Sponsored participants are kindly requested to make their own hotel bookings. They will receive a full Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to cover the cost of their accommodation, meals and terminal expenses. Flight tickets for sponsored participants are being arranged by the CMS Secretariat.


Voting Rights

Parties are reminded of Rule 15 (2) regarding voting rights. Representatives of Parties which are three or more years behind in paying their subscriptions on the date of the opening session of the meeting of the Conference shall not be eligible to vote. Such Parties may be allowed to continue to exercise their right to vote if it is satisfied that the delay in payment arises from exceptional and unavoidable circumstances. The Standing Committee will notify them in this regard.


Credentials

Parties are requested to pay particular attention to the credentials of their representatives. Delegations should be granted powers by an appropriate authority (Head of State, Head of Government or Minister of Foreign Affairs) enabling them to participate and represent their governments fully in the businesss of the Conference including adopting amendments to the Appendices, Resolutions and Recommendations.

Sample letter of credentials


Side Events and Exhibits

Parties, country observers and relevant organizations are encouraged to contribute actively to the success of the meeting by showcasing their work or any related issue of interest in the form of a side event. Initiatives and projects to be presented should be relevant to the objectives of the Convention and specifically to the items of the COP11 agenda.

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Associated Meetings

42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee/42ème Réunion du Comité permanent/42a Reunión del Comite permanente (2 November)

High Level Ministerial Panel (3 November)

Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife

The High Level Ministerial Panel will be held on 3 November from 1 to 4 pm at the COP venue. Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how we can reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy”. These are two approaches that have emerged in response to the increasingly dire depletion of natural resources including wildlife and the wider environmental crisis and gained great momentum in the last two years.

Representatives of Parties, country observers and relevant organizations attending the COP are encouraged to take part in and contribute to this important debate. We kindly request those that are interested in attending this event to inform the Secretariat by filling out the online registration form indicated above.

Regional Coordination Meetings (3 November)

43rd Meeting of the Standing Committee/43ème Réunion du Comité permanent/43a Reunión del Comite permanente (9 November)


More Information about the COP, Quito and Ecuador

The Secretariat has prepared and Information Note for Participants with details of visa requirements, transport, electricity, climate etc. The note can be accessed here. The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador has set up a dedicated website site in English, French and Spanish with more information.  It can be accessed here.

Plaza de San Francisco, Centro histórico de Quito, Ecuador © D.A.Kess/Wikimedia Commons

Plaza de San Francisco, Centro histórico de Quito, Ecuador © D.A.Kess/Wikimedia Commons

Last updated on 18 September 2014