Bonn, 22 September 2008 - 11
countries participated in a teleconference held today at
the UN Premises in Bonn to discuss key developments since
the 32nd meeting, preparations for CoP9 and other issues.
Australian representative Andrew McNee chaired the meeting.
Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth gave an overview of
the Secretariat’s activities during the last triennium
including the opening of an office in Washington in May
2008, the presentation of the Thesis Award to a research
study on bycatch, the recent outcome of the meeting of the
signatory states to the Dugong MoU and developments in the
African Marine Turtle and the IOSEA MoU. Other highlights
were the upcoming WATCH II meeting to conclude a MoU on
West African Small Cetaceans and Sirenians, the finalization
of the new MoU on Raptors, the first meeting of the signatory
states of the South American MoU on Grassland Birds, as
well as the Year of the Dolphin 2007-2008, the Year of the
Gorilla 2009 and a new mobile exhibition to be displayed
at the CMS COP in Rome.
The Secretariat reported on logistics with
regard to the CMS COP at FAO Headquarters and main events
planned. The only Draft Resolution received so far on the
intersessional process regarding the future shape of CMS
is currently under consideration from the European Union
comments from EU member states and other countries were
Following the morning’s informal
meeting on the CMS Budget, the Executive Secretary provided
further information on the manpower issue and recruitment
processes during the current triennium.
Representatives to the Standing Committee
also discussed possible changes to its composition to reflect
the Convention’s growth. At the end of the meeting,
Germany reported on the outcome of the AEWA MOP, where Parties
granted a 15% budget increase.