3 April – The recently-appointed Deputy Executive
Director of UNEP, Ms. Angela Cropper, visited Bonn today,
in order to meet CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth
and the co-located Agreement Secretariats, and to familiarise
herself with current CMS issues and conservation policy.
Ms. Cropper showed major interest in the current activities
of the Secretariat and undertook an intensive dialogue
with CMS staff members. A presentation giving a “Bird’s
Eye View of CMS” was followed by a more specific
look into “CMS Agreements and Species Initiatives”.
Other topics covered included: “Resources and Organization”,
“Partnerships with NGOs and the Private Sector”,
as well as the outstanding achievements of the Year of
the Dolphin campaign. The Deputy Executive Director emphasized
the need for the CMS Family to strengthen its links with
the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
Ms. Cropper also visited the AEWA and Eurobats Secretariats
and held talks with the CMS Family Executive Secretaries
on common issues affecting the organization, such as administrative
services, the proposed CMS Family Information and Fundraising
Unit and preparations for the CBD COP in May, the AEWA
MOP in September and the CMS COP in Rome in December 2008.
After presenting a statement to the ASCOBANS Advisory
Committee in the afternoon, the UNEP Deputy Executive
Director invited all CMS Family staff to a meeting, where
she took the opportunity to make a brief statement and
address questions and concerns of staff members. Ms. Cropper
paid tribute to the interns working for the CMS Family,
describing the high take-up of internships as a vote of
confidence in the Convention and its Agreements.
The Executive Secretary of CMS invited Ms. Cropper to
attend the major CMS side event scheduled for 26 May during
the forthcoming CBD Conference in Bonn.
Later on 3 April, Ms. Cropper spoke at a public BMZ Policy
Dialogue in Bonn, where she emphasised close links between
biodiversity sciences and poverty alleviation, drawing
on her previous leadership role in the Millennium Ecosystem
Note: Ms Angela Cropper of Trinidad and Tobago took up
her post as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive
Director for the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP), in February 2008.
to UNEP news release Ms. Cropper’s appointment