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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

Agencies join forces to promote environmental law through enhanced knowledge sharing

The Multilateral Environment Agreements and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM) seeks to develop harmonised and interoperable information systems in support of knowledge management activities among 18 MEAs for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large

10 June 2014

Talking Trash: How is CMS tackling the marine debris problem?

Bonn/Washington D.C. – 9 June 2014 - It is not just foreign species that are invading our natural marine habitats; human byproducts are disfiguring marine ecosystems too. Such an unnatural invasion of human-made products has a disproportionate impact on marine life.

09 June 2014

Dr Jacques Trouvilliez Appointed New Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the UNEP Executive Director has appointed Dr Jacques Trouvilliez as the new Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). He began his new role as head of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat on 2 June 2014.

02 June 2014

Key Post at UNEP HQ for Former CMS Executive Secretary

Bonn, 28 May 2014 - Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, who led the UNEP/CMS Secretariat first as officer-in-charge and then as Executive Secretary from July 2009 until the appointment of the current incumbent, Bradnee Chambers, has been named as the Director of DELC, the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions located at UNEP HQ in Nairobi. She will take up her new responsibilities at the beginning of June.

28 May 2014