CMS COP13 in 2020 Will Kick Off Big Year for Biodiversity

The "super year" for biodiversity will kick off with the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13).

06 January 2020

Meetings Marathon in Run-Up to COP13

It has been a busy time for the UNEP/CMS Secretariat, which organized and hosted a series of meetings in preparation of the CMS Conference of the Parties (COP). The CMS COP, which is taking place in Gandhinagar, India in February next year, is occurring at a most opportune time with new global biodiversity framework under negotiation.

02 January 2020

Putting the Spotlight on Mediterranean Angelsharks

Today, more than 20 collaborating partners including the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) have launched the Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan. It provides a framework for conservation action for Angelsharks in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean is a hotspot of extinction risk for chondricthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras), making it a priority region for conservation action. Of the 73 species of Mediterranean chondrichthyans assessed by IUCN, 50 per cent of rays and 54 per cent of sharks face an elevated risk of extinction, with Angelsharks an example of one of the families where all species present in the region are threatened.

04 December 2019

Migratory Species Banners on Display Outside UN Premises in Bonn

A total of nine large street banners featuring well-known migratory species such as the African Elephant, Leopard and Monarch Butterfly are currently on display outside the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany. The banners mark the 40th Anniversary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and show a small selection of migratory species protected under the Convention, which is also the oldest UN Organization in Bonn. Forty years ago, the negotiations concerning an international treaty to protect migratory wildlife reached a successful conclusion, giving rise to CMS, also called the “Bonn Convention” – after the city in which the treaty was signed.

18 November 2019

CMS Scientific Council Charts the Course for COP13

The Fourth Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council (ScC-SC4) will take place from 12 to 15 November 2019 at the UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises in Bonn.
Members of the Sessional Committee, other members of the CMS Scientific Council, representatives of CMS Parties, CMS Agreements and CMS partner organizations and institutions will attend.

12 November 2019

Meeting on Connectivity Kicks Off in Bonn

Bonn, 11 November 2019 – An informal meeting on the concept of connectivity is currently underway at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany.

11 November 2019

The Republic of the Maldives Joins CMS

The Republic of the Maldives has acceded to the Convention becoming the 130th Party overall and the 19th from the Asia region. The Maldives’ accession takes effect today.
The Maldives is an archipelago of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean approximately 1,000 km south of continental Asia, with a land area of just under 300 km2 and a population of 400,000 making it one of the dozen most densely populated countries in the world.

31 October 2019

Spain Undertakes Important Step to Prevent Illegal Killing of Migratory Birds

Bonn, 30 October 2019 - In two resolutions published last week, Spain has announced the immediate suspension of night-time harvesting of olive trees du

30 October 2019

Signatories to IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU Agree on New Work Programme

Da Nang/Viet Nam, 24 October 2019 – The 8th Meeting of the Signatories (MOS8) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU) concluded today after four days of intense deliberations.

24 October 2019

World Migratory Bird Day in Focus at UN Day Celebrations in Bonn

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and its associated Agreements also called the CMS Family took part in the annual UN Day celebrations on Bonn's Market Square on 12 October. Acting Executive Secretary joined the CMS Family team, meeting with Mayor and other city officials, heads other UN agencies, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of other organizations participating in the event.

14 October 2019