India takes over presidency of CMS COP 13 for next three years
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was handed over the Presidency of the COP by the Philippines, which was presiding over the convention from 2017 till now. India will now preside over it till 2023.
India, which is hosting the 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Migratory Species and Wild Animals, officially took over its Presidency on Monday for the next three years.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said India will fully cooperate and ensure conservation of environment. He was handed over the Presidency of the COP by the Philippines, which was presiding over the convention from 2017 till now.
India will now preside over it till 2023.
"This Presidency will be for three years. We will cooperate with the Secretariat and we want to spread the message effectively to the world to protect environment through migratory species conservation.
"I am very sure India will take all initiatives so that this goes to the next level of protection and conservation," the Minister said, PTI reported.
Released two booklets - Nature -based solutions for conservation of Migratory species in India & Secure Himalaya, in an event on the sidelines of #CMSCOP13 in #Ahmedabad #Gujarat today pic.twitter.com/13wRHUo5sR— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) February 17, 2020
With CMS COP 13, India is now presiding over two UN conventions as last year in September, India was handed over the Presidency of UN Convention to Combat Desertification at COP 14 for two years.
CMS COP 13 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday after two days of pre-COP meetings and is likely to go on till February 22, when the Gandhinagar Declaration is expected to be adopted and released.
As you might have noticed, the CMS COP 13 Logo is inspired by the traditional ‘KOLAM’ from southern India, which has a profound significance in the context of living in harmony with nature: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 17, 2020
We have been traditionally practicing the mantra of “Athithi Devo Bhava”, this has been reflected in the slogan theme for the CMS COP 13: “Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home”: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 17, 2020
India proposes to strengthen its association with the ASEAN and East Asia Summit countries. This would be in sync with the Indo Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI), wherein India will be playing a leadership role: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 17, 2020