2020/004: Operations of the CMS Secretariat in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, the CMS Secretariat is undertaking the following steps, in conformity with instructions received from the United Nations administration, and consistent with Host government policies:

First, alternative working arrangements are in place for all CMS Secretariat staff, with staff working remotely until further notice.  Staff can be reached on their e-mail accounts, and through other virtual platforms that are in place or being established.   

Second, because access to the UN Bonn campus is restricted, we ask that all communications with the Secretariat be done electronically.  

Third, at least through 31 May 2020, no in-person meetings of CMS will be organized, and no staff will be able to travel for official meetings or missions. 

The situation is under constant review, and updates will be provided. 

Despite these challenging circumstances, the CMS Secretariat is committed to providing the best possible level of service to our Parties and partners, following on the successful meeting of the thirteenth Conference of the Parties in Gandhinagar, India. To that end, we have put in place new systems for our internal meetings and coordination and are exploring innovative means to deliver on our mandate. This may include the use of virtual platforms for external meetings of CMS Parties and partners.  More information will be forthcoming soon.

Your understanding, flexibility and support are greatly appreciated as we work together to continue to deliver on our critically important work.

Last updated on 25 March 2020