Highlights and images of main proceedings for 23 October 2017

Philippines

Summary


The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened on Monday, 23 October 2017. During the morning plenary session, participants heard keynote speeches, enjoyed a cultural presentation, addressed a number of organizational matters, and heard reports from the CMS subsidiary bodies.

In the afternoon, CMS Executive Secretary Bradnee Chambers presented the report of the Secretariat and implementation of the Programme of Work 2015-2017. The Committee of the Whole (CoW) convened to address budgetary and administrative matters, and the review of decisions. A number of working groups were also established and held their initial meetings in the evening.

In a brief ceremony, Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the CMS COP12. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening Plenary

Lively drumbeats entertained participants at the opening of COP12

Fire dancers performing at the opening of COP12

Nadya Yuti Hutagalung, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

Cynthia Villar, Senator and Chair, Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Reseources, the Philippines

Zach Beaudoin, Winner, CMS-UN Foundation essay competition

L-R: Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; Øystein Størkersen, Chair of the Standing Committee; and Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary

Roy Cimatu, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines

Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

Roy Cimatu, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines, elected as CMS COP12 Chair

L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; Roy Cimatu, COP12 Chair; and Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary


Øystein Størkersen
, CMS Standing Committee Chair, reported on the work of the Standing Committee during the intersessional period


Fernando Spina
, Scientific Council Chair, reported on the work of the Scientific Committee during the intersessional period

Committee of the Whole

L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary

L-R: Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary, witnessing the signing of the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks by Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador


Sadiki Lotha Laiser
, Tanzania

Obaid Ali Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates


Simon Nemtzov
, Israel

Marku Lamp, Estonia, on behalf of the EU and its 28 Member States


Reinhard Schnidrig
, Switzerland

Lkhagvasuren Badamjav, Mongolia

CMS COP12 Snapshots

Participants and the ENB team are warmly welcomed to the opening of COP12

L-R: Raed Bani Hani, Jordan; Belal Al Hayk, Syria; Akram Eissa Darwich, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); and Abdallah Al Hakmi, Saudi Arabia

L-R: Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana; Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment; and Pam Chasek, ENB/IISD Reporting Services

Whale shark art installation

COP12 field trip registration

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union