2020/014: CMS Secretariat Engagement in the UN Biodiversity Summit

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is pleased to inform you of the engagement of the CMS Secretariat in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity that is set to take place on 30 September 2020.

The Summit, which is convened by the President of the General Assembly under the theme of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development”, provides an opportunity for world leaders to demonstrate  their commitment to an effective  post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to be adopted at the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021.

The Summit comprises a Plenary session and two dialogues. The latest version of the programme can be found here.

Given the overwhelming interest to participate in the Summit, two “spillover events” have been organized (from 1 to 3 p.m., and from 6 p.m. until the close of the event,  New York time) where governments and other entities will be able to make their interventions through pre-recorded video messages.

The CMS Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel has been given the opportunity to speak at the 1-3 pm session. She will also deliver a statement on behalf of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) during the same session. Both videos will be made available on the CMS website shortly after their broadcast here.

The Secretariat would also like to draw your attention to an Op-ed by the CMS Executive Secretary on the occasion of the Summit published by InDepthNews. The Op-ed will be posted on the CMS website in the course of the day.

The Summit can be followed through:

• United Nations Web TV website (http://webtv.un.org/) – live in all six official languages, plus the original language of the speaker

• United Nations channel on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/unitednations) – in English

• Facebook (facebook.com/UNWebTV) – in English

• Twitter (twitter.com/UNWebTV) – in English.

Last updated on 30 September 2020