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COP11 Agenda discussed during the preparatory workshop in Chile

The UNEP/CMS Secretariat, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, successfully completed the preparatory workshop for the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in Santiago, Chile from 11-13 August 2014.

20 August 2014

Tackling the Marine Debris Issue at IWC Workshop

CMS, which was represented by its Focal Point for North America, participated in an international workshop on marine debris and cetacean impacts held 5-7 August, Honolulu, USA.

14 August 2014

Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific in Preparation of CMS COP11

The CMS Secretariat will hold a Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Pre-COP Workshop in Nadi, Fiji on 18-20 August to prepare Pacific representatives for the upcoming 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CMS COP11).

14 August 2014

Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America in Preparation for CMS COP11

The CMS Secretariat, in cooperation with the Government of Chile, will host a Regional Preparatory and Negotiations Workshop on 11-13 August in Santiago, Chile. The primary objective is to introduce the important issues of COP 11 to National Focal Points (NFPs) from the Latin American region.

07 August 2014

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Siberian Crane MOU

The Convention on Migratory Spe­cies (CMS) has long been associated with ef­forts to protect the endangered Siberian Crane. The Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus) -the Siberian Crane MOU - was the first one to be developed under the auspices of CMS. It was concluded on 1 July 1993 and revised on 1 January 1999.Since then, the Siberian Crane MOU has been of great value to the Convention. This historic memorandum has consequently long served as an ex­ample to many of the other MOUs on the conservation of migratory species concluded to date under CMS.

30 July 2014

Logo of 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Released

Four months prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11), the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presents the logo of this UN wildlife conference, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 4 to 9 November 2015.

29 July 2014

CMS Scientific Council Paves the Way for CMS COP11

The Scientific Council of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has set major landmarks at its 18th Meeting held in Bonn from 1-3 July. The Scientific Council advises on the implementation of the Convention and identifies important issues to be brought to the attention of the Conference of the Parties (COP) which is the main decision-making body of CMS.

11 July 2014

New Member of the UN Family in Bonn: IPBES

The family of United Nations agencies in Bonn has grown with the addition yesterday of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is the interface between the scientific community and policy makers and is of particular relevance to CMS. Professor Alfred Oteng-Yeboah of Ghana is the current chair of the CMS Standing Committee and the COP-appointed Councillor for African Fauna is a member of the IPBES Bureau.

09 July 2014

CMS Scientific Council Meets in Bonn to Set Course for CMS COP11

The 18th Meeting of the Scientific Council to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is meeting 1-3 July 2014 at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany. The meeting brings together more than 80 experts from 50 countries including appointed experts covering specific threats, taxa, geographic regions or particular areas of interest to the Convention.

01 July 2014

First UN Environment Assembly Meets in Nairobi

Bonn/Nairobi, 23 June 2014 - The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) opened today at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, and will continue until 27 June 2014.

23 June 2014