Statements of the Executive Secretary

Statement by Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals - World Environment Day 2021

This World Environment Day focuses on the extremely important topic of “Ecosystem Restoration”, and will mark the

04 June 2021

Statement of Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals on the International Day for Biological Diversity

Environmental challenges have never before been so pressing:  The loss of wild species and natural habitat, climate change and the global health crisis all point to the havoc we are wreaking on nature and its ability to sustain us. Yet we have everything at our disposal to reverse these trends.   We are all part of the solution. 

21 May 2021

World Wildlife Day 2021 Message from Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species

The theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day – “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” – highlights the central role that forests and forest species play for both the ecological health and functioning of our planet as well as in supporting the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. Forests are essential for life on earth as we know it. They provide products, food and services for billions of people, support agriculture and jobs, and they are instrumental in the fight against climate change.

03 March 2021

Engagement of the CMS Secretariat in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity

The United Nations Summit on Biodiversity has been convened by the President of the UN General Assembly under the theme ‘urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development’. The aim of the Summit is to highlight the crisis facing humanity from the degradation of biodiversity and the urgent need to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development. The Summit provides an opportunity for Heads of State and Government and other leaders to put forward ambitious plans for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

30 September 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of CMS

I am pleased to recognize the achievements of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement on its 25th Anniversary. The Agreement covers the whole of Europe and Africa together with the Middle East, Central Asia and the Canadian Archipelago, making this instrument the largest of its kind developed under the Convention on Migratory Species. In its 25 years of history, AEWA has become a strong motor for flyway conservation and a true champion for international conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds across Africa and Eurasia.

16 June 2020

Statement by Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals on World Environment Day 2020

This year’s World Environment Day theme, “Time for Nature”, reminds us that our lives, culture, society and economies are inextricably linked to a healthy planet where nature can thrive. Migratory species are an essential component of ‘biodiversity’ – the variety of life on Earth - and provide direct benefits, such as pest control, pollination and seed dispersal, as well as forming the basis of sustainable tourism and wildlife watching, which generate significant revenues and employment for millions of people around the world.

02 June 2020

Statement by Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary on the International Day for Biological Diversity

Migratory species are vital parts of nature and of healthy ecosystems that are essential to sustaining life on Earth. They also provide direct and measurable benefits, such as pest control, pollination and seed dispersal. Natural areas and parks, sustainable tourism and wildlife viewing all produce significant revenues and jobs globally.

22 May 2020