2 December 2005. Last month, CMS was very proud
to announce that Dr. Klaus Töpfer, the current Director
of UNEP, had agreed to be the first chair of the Freunde
der Bonner Konvention, the “Friends of CMS”,
a non-profit German association created to assist the Convention
with fundraising for conservation projects. Today, the CMS
Secretariat is even prouder to congratulate Dr. Töpfer
on being awarded the Hammarskjöld Prize, an award by
the German Association for the United Nations (DGVN) in
recognition of his outstanding commitment and work for the
United Nations Organization.
Many were the personalities attending
the meeting to congratulate the Executive Director of UNEP,
including the outgoing German Minister of Environment Mr.
Trittin, Ms. Bärbel Diekmann, the Lady Major of Bonn,
the German Minister for International Affairs and Dr. Christopher
Zöpel, the president of the DGVN.
Amongst these personalities were also Mr. Robert Hepworth,
the Executive Secretary of CMS, and Mr. Andreas Streit,
the Executive Secretary of CMS daughter agreement EUROBATS.
In his speech, Mr. Töfper recognized the successful
outcome of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Convention on Migratory Species, which took place
in Nairobi from 20 to 25 November 2005, and appreciated
the considerable budget increase agreed by the Parties,
which will allow the Convention and the Secretariat to effectively
work to implement the newly adopted Strategic Plan, thus
contributing to the achievement of the 2010 biodiversity
As highlighted by Mr. Hepworth in his final speech at the
Conference of the Parties in Nairobi, although the finances
of the CMS have been significantly boosted, much has yet
to be done to allow the CMS to work at its full potential.
More initiatives will be needed to raise the necessary funds
to develop CMS Agreements for the conservation of species
as well as practical conservation projects to be implemented
on the ground, where action is most needed.
CMS counts on the eminent presence of Dr. Töpfer at
the head of the association to increase the visibility of
the Convention amongst the general public and the private
sector, and to identify possible new and alternative sources
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