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COP 12 Media Advisory

Media Advisory for the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, held in Manila, the Philippines in October 2017

What: 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CMS COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), administered by UN Environment

When: CMS COP12 from 23 – 28 October 2017 // High Level Ministerial Panel on 22 October

Where: Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines


CMS COP12 will be the largest wildlife summit  this year, with over 500 delegates from more than 120 countries expected to attend. The event will mark the first time that a CMS COP will be held in Asia.

The theme of the Conference: ‘Their Future is Our Future - Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People’ reflects the intrinsic link between the world’s wildlife and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CMS COP is a triennial summit that brings together States through which migratory animals pass and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures.

At COP12, a number of issues and proposals will be tabled, including the listing of species as well as fresh initiatives, resolutions, action plans and guidelines for aquatic species, birds, and terrestrial species. See list of topics on press page.

  • A High Level Panel Discussion will precede COP12 on 22 October at which Environment Ministers, executives of international organizations and Goodwill Ambassadors will discuss the links between sustainable development and the conservation of wildlife with special focus on migratory species and the SDGs. The discussion will result in the Manila Declaration, which will be presented to the Conference for consideration.
  • Also, on the 22 October, several governments will be recognized as Migratory Species Champions for their long-term support to initiatives that benefit the conservation of migratory species during a specially convened Champion Night.
  • There will also be over 50 side events during the week of the COP as well as celebrity events such as the launch of the Report ‘Cetaceans of the Red Sea’ with UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand on 23 October. 

Search #CMSCOP12 to follow the discussions on social media. 

Check out the regularly updated COP 12 social media package and digital assets

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[English] Information for the Media Overview of COP12 Major Topics

[Français] Information for the Media Overview of COP12 Major Topics

[Español] Information for the Media Overview of COP12 Major Topics

COP12 Communications Guide Guide de Communication Guía de comunicaciones

Press & Media Accreditation

List of Topics 

Listing of Species in the Appendices of the Convention       

Aquatic species:         


Terrestrial species:

  • A new initiative for cooperation between CMS and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to conserve African carnivoreswill be proposed. This will benefit the African Lion, the Cheetah and Leopard as well as the African Wild Dog.
  • The African Elephant Action Plan, an initiative developed under the aegis of CITES, will be presented for adoption.
  • A Conservation Roadmap for the critically endangered African Wild Ass with fewer than 70 animals remaining in the wild is under review, and will be presented at COP12.
  • An  Atlas of migration routes and linear infrastructure barriers in Central Asia will be launched. (Atlas of Range-wide Mapping and Priority Setting of CAMI Species and Linear Infrastructure Threats across Central Asia

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