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CMS Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Convention on Migratory Species
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UNEP Headquarters Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya | 20-25 November 2005
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CMS COP-8 opens in Nairobi, Kenya

The eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened on Sunday afternoon, 20 November 2005, in Nairobi, Kenya. Following a children's music performance, delegates heard opening statements, and attended the CMS Thesis Award ceremony, the presentation of the "Friends of CMS," and the CMS Partnership Fair. COP-8 will convene until 25 November, with the theme "On the Move to 2010." Above: Kenyan dancers entertained delegates during a break.


Sunday, 20 November
Opening Session


A choir of Kenyan children addressed the session with singing.

Morris Nzoro, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya, welcomed delegates and praised CMS for its regional agreements and MOUs as an innovative approach to develop partnerships and set priorities.

Robert Hepworth, CMS Executive Secretary, highlighted CMS work to achieve the 2010 target, and urged parties to continue working in a cooperative and concerted manner to consider a proper budget to enable CMS to deliver its objectives.

Jim Knight, Minister for Biodiversity, UK, urged protection of endangered migratory species, stressing the threats of climate change and desertification, unsustainable natural resource use, global pandemics and poverty.
Partnership Fair
Following the CMS thesis award ceremony, the presentation of the "Friends of CMS" initiative and the Partnership Fair, Bakary Kante (below right), Director of UNEP's Division of Environmental Conventions, closed the opening ceremony. He pledged DEC's full support to the Convention, lauded Germany for being the driving force behind CMS, and called upon delegates to work proactively to implement the Convention's objectives.
Reception

The reception was lit partly by a large bonfire.

Delegates enjoyed a variety of foods and drinks, with kaimati and fruit tarts for dessert.

Dancers continued to provide entertainment into the night.

Related Links

Convention on Migratory Species
CMS COP-8 web site
COP-8 Meeting Documents
Convention on Biological Diversity
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
IUCN - The World Conservation Union
WWF International
CMS Press Release on Avian Influenza
Wetlands International - Avian Flu
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation

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ENB Coverage of the CBD Working Group on Protected Areas
ENB Coverage of CITES COP-13

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