the last 2 weeks almost all officers in the co-located CMS,
have been taking part in key training courses organized
to meet our needs at the CMS Headquarters building in Bonn.
First we were tutored by a team of trainers from the United
Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON)
in the new, computerized Integrated Management Information
Service (IMIS), which is being introduced across most UN
offices. IMIS enables all financial transactions, including
travel planning and contracts, to be carried out from start
to finish on line. A key by-product of IMIS is that it automatically
keeps details of the total budget, including all-important
“bottom lines” for the Executive Secretary and
other managers. Like all new IT systems, it takes a bit
of getting used to, and involves some change of responsibilities
in our office. Yet we hope that within a few weeks, “CMS-IMIS”
will be fully operational, and delivering efficiency benefits
to the Convention and our co-located Agreements.
On 6-7 June we were joined by the Executive Secretary of
(Marie-Christine van Klaveren) and the Coordinator of IOSEA
and Senior CMS Adviser for Asia (Douglas Hykle), for the
second in the series of “CMS Family Brainstorm”
Events, where we generated a frank and creative exchange
between all the officers engaged in implementation of CMS
or its Agreements, in order to share lessons, improve teamwork
and foster mutual co-operation.
The brainstorm included several plenary sessions, and
8 break out groups covering topics such as marine mammals,
protected areas, our forthcoming move to new premises in
Bonn, working with partners and sponsors, outreach work,
linking the new CMS Strategic Plan to the Agreements, and
how to make the most of our COPs and MOPs. Several new ideas
emerged such as producing a CMS Family Illustrated “Coffee
Table” book on Migratory Species as a possible commercial
venture, developing a new logo or banner for Family efforts
towards the 2010 biodiversity targets, strengthening knowledge
of 2010 subtargets and convening a special preparatory briefing
session for NGO and other Partners prior to COPs and MOPs.
The Brainstorm also helped us to prepare inputs to forthcoming
meetings including the IWC Meeting in Korea and the CBD
Meeting in Italy on Protected Areas, which are both being
held this month.