PM Modi will inaugurate key summit of the 13th COP on conservation of migratory species of wild animals

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the key summit of the 13th Conference of the Parties () of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals Animals (CMS), scheduled to be hosted by India from February 17 to 22 in Gandhinagar de Gujarat.

"India to host 13th COP of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) from February 17 to 22, 2020," said Union Minister Javadekar in a press conference.

Organizing the CMS COP-13 is a significant step towards wildlife conservation in India. Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the opening of the CMS COP13 on February 17, 2020; Representatives from 130 countries, eminent conservationists and international NGOs working in the field of wildlife conservation will be attending the COP, he said.

The theme of CMS COP13 in India is: 'Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome you home.'

On February 15 and 16, pre-COP meetings will be held, including dialogue with stakeholders, the high-level segment meeting and the Champion Night Awards Ceremony.

The opening ceremony and the plenary session of the COP will be held on February 17, followed by parallel events and meetings of working groups until the closing ceremony on February 22. Simultaneously, numerous national and international organizations will show best practices in wildlife conservation in the exhibition area.

The CMS COP 13 logo is inspired by 'Kolam', a traditional art form of southern India. In the CMS COP-13 logo, the Kolam art form is used to represent key migratory species in India such as Amur's hawk, humpback whale and sea turtles.