Priorities for Migratory Species Conservation in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework



The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) will kick off the “super year” for biodiversity, which will culminate in the adoption of a new UN global biodiversity framework  during the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China.

The High-level Segment of CMS COP13 will take place in Gandhinagar, at the invitation of the Indian Government, and will feature a special dialogue on CMS priorities for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

The High-Level dialogue will engage in this important discussion ministers and other senior officials of governments, executives of international organizations and other biodiversity leaders. 

The High-Level dialogue will be held on Sunday 16 February from 14.00 to 18.00 hrs on Seminar Hall 4, Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre. The event is open to all COP participants. English, French and Spanish interpretation will be provided.



The High-Level dialogue will be comprised of two consecutive sessions. The first will be dedicated to Ministers and other high-level government officials, while the second will engage executives of international organizations. 

H.E. Mr Prakash Keshav Javadekar, Indian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India will chair the event. At the outset, the scene will be set on the importance of this moment for biodiversity, for sustainable development, and for CMS priorities.

The discussion in each session will be based on the set of questions and will be moderated by Mr. Abhilash Khandekar, senior environmental journalist. The discussion will be conducted in an open roundtable format, to encourage the speakers to engage in an interactive discussion. The moderator will ask each question and invite the participants to address the questions they wish. At the end of each session, the moderator will call for questions and comments from the audience.


Gandhinagar Declaration

The Government of India has prepared a draft declaration focusing on CMS priorities for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Key messages emanating from the High-Level dialogue will be incorporated into the Gandhinagar Declaration, which will then be proposed by the Government of India for adoption, in the form of a Resolution, as part of the discussion under the relevant agenda item (17) during the COP.

Once adopted, the Resolution will be formally transmitted to the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (OEWG) in Rome, Italy on 24-29 February 2020, and to CBD COP15 in Kunming in October 2020.

Comments on the draft may be sent to Mr. Soumitra Dasgupta, [email protected], for the Government of India, and Mrs. Laura Cerasi, [email protected], for the CMS Secretariat, prior to 13 February.



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