The CMS Secretariat – located in Bonn, Germany – acts as the Interim Secretariat to the Sharks MoU until a permanent Secretariat is established.

Main tasks of the Interim Secretariat are to coordinate all activities under the MOU and to organise meetings of the Signatories. Furthermore, it consults and shares information with Signatory States, IGOs and NGOs, including FAO, relevant RFMOs, CITES, CBD, Regional Seas Conventions, stakeholders of the fishing industry, local communities, and other relevant international organizations to assist in the implementation of this MoU. It also supports Signatories in search of financial resources to implement this agreement and encourage non-Signatory Range States to sign the Memorandum or to cooperate in its activities. Furthermore, the Interim Secretariat undertakes public awareness-raising activities. 

Terms of Reference for the Interim Secretariat
Suggested Voluntary Contributions per annum for the 2013 – 2015 Triennium
Budget for the 2013-2015 Triennium


UNEP / CMS Secretariat

United Nations Premises 

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany

Tel. (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax. (+49 228) 815 2449







Ms. Melanie Virtue

Agreements Officer

Ms. Andrea Pauly

Associate Programme Officer

Ms. Tine Lindberg-Roncari

Meeting Services Assistant

Ms.  Eva Meyers