In anticipation of the upcoming 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP14), the Government of Uzbekistan and the CMS Secretariat are pleased to unveil the conference's official logo and slogan. The conference is set to take place in the historic city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024.
The logo for the conference features a winged snow leopard adorned with a pattern that brings to mind the famous lapis lazuli tiles of Central Asian monuments. The snow leopard is a keystone species in Uzbekistan, with a range that extends across 12 countries. The powerful and elusive big cat is also the legendary symbol of Samarkand, which is widely found throughout the country, from the magnificent entrance of the historic Sher Dor Madrasah school to Uzbekistan’s national bank notes.
While the snow leopard is a sacred symbol of power and benevolence, its conservation status is of great concern, with only 2,700 to 3,300 individuals thought to exist in the wild (Source: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species).
The conference will be convened under the slogan, "Nature knows no border", which, along with the logo, is a reminder that the journeys of migratory species do not adhere to political boundaries, and that their survival is dependent on international collaboration and transboundary conservations efforts.
With the unveiling of the logo and slogan, the stage is set for CMS COP14, a significant international meeting where governments, scientists and stakeholders will come together to agree on strategies for the conservation of migratory species and their habitats.
CMS COP14 will be the first global biodiversity gathering since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in 2022, and will address a wide range of important conservation priorities and new initiatives, including many that will support the implementation of the GBF.
The triennial international meeting will highlight the issues of habitat conservation and restoration as well as threats to species such as overexploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution and climate change. It will also provide a unique opportunity for the launch of major new reports and guidelines, including the first-ever report on the ‘State of the World’s Migratory Species’, new global guidelines on light pollution, and best practices for linear infrastructure to minimize impacts on migratory species.
COP14-associated events and meetings such as the 54th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee, the High-Level Segment and the Migratory Species Champion Night will take place in the same location on 11 February.
As delegates gear up for the conference, the winged snow leopard and the slogan, "Nature knows no border", are potent reminders of our shared commitment to preserving our planet's migratory species.