Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change launching the COP12 Logo together with the CMS Deputy Executive Secretary, Mr. Bert Lenten © Tine L-Roncari, UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Bonn/Manila, 28 February 2017 – the official logo for the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to CMS was officially launched today (2:00 pm Manila time) at a ceremony held in the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines.
The Conference (COP12) will take place in Manila from 23 to 27 October with the theme: “Their Future is Our Future: Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”, linking the efforts undertaken under CMS to protect endangered migratory wildlife to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by world governments in an historic summit held in September 2015.
Centrepiece of the COP12 logo is a Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), a species likely to be proposed for greater protection at the Conference. Also featured is a selection of other marine, terrestrial and avian animals, with which humans share the planet. The C and the P in the logo are rendered as stylized tattoos, which are a traditional mark of bravery in many cultures, indicating the importance of championing the cause of conservation. The O of the word COP appears as the multi-coloured wheel of the logo of the SDGs, reinforcing the connection between sustainable development and environmental conservation. Also prominent in the design are the national colours of the Host Country - red, blue and yellow, and a hand emerging from the waves symbolizing the duty of stewardship humans have for wildlife and the planet.
Key people attending the launch included Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau and Bert Lenten, Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS.
For more information about CMS COP12 please visit: www.cms.int/cop12
Last updated on 28 February 2017