Volume 18 Number 42 – Tuesday, 22 November 2011
SBSTTA 15 HIGHLIGHTS
Monday, 21 November 2011
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) convened on Monday, 21 November, in Bergen, Norway. Participants addressed administrative and organizational matters, heard a keynote presentation, and then discussed the future shape of CMS and the draft budget 2012-2014. In the afternoon, CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema introduced the open-ended working groups for the meeting, and listed parties who had volunteered to participate in each group from each of the regional groups. The working group on the saker falcon and the joint working group on the budget and the future shape of the Convention met in parallel with the Committee of the Whole (CoW), in the afternoon. The working groups on the strategic work plan and on marine species convened in the evening, following the adjournment of the CoW.
OPENING OF THE MEETING: This session was chaired by Mohammed Sulayem, Chair of the Standing Committee (StC), Saudi Arabia. Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary thanked Norway for hosting this COP, the StC and Saudi Arabia for its leadership, and called for closer collaboration with governments, UN bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She emphasized the financial challenges of the Convention, to be addressed under the CMS future shape process.
ARMENIA and ETHIOPIA, who have recently joined CMS, expressed their appreciation for joining the Convention and support for its goals.
SWAZILAND noted it is in the final stages of ratifying the Convention and thanked the Secretariat for its support.