CMS Becomes Member of UN-Oceans

New York/Bonn, September 2018 – CMS has become a member of UN-Oceans as key meetings around High Seas start at UN Headquarters in New York this week.  

The new membership became official just before the start of the First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

The BBNJ negotiations are taking place in New York from 4 to 17 September 2018. 

“It is a fitting time for CMS to join UN-Oceans, as major decisions regarding the conservation of marine life in the high seas are being made at the BBNJ meeting currently underway in New York. Both the new CMS membership in UN Oceans and our active participation in the BBNJ process aim to ensure that the needs of migratory animals are being taken into account in important global decisions relating to the protection of our oceans,” says Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of CMS.   

The four main areas of discussion are: marine genetic resources; measures such as area-based management tools which include marine protected areas (MPAs); environmental impact assessments (EIAs); and capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology.

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