Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was inspired by the world community's growing commitment to sustainable development. It represents a dramatic step forward in the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

UNESCO works closely with the CBD, as several UNESCO programmes and activities contribute to elucidating substantive aspects of the biodiversity problems and to identifying appropriate solutions to reducing biodiversity erosion and loss.

In addition to contributing to building the knowledge bases on water, marine and coastal, forest, mountain and dryland biodiversity, and assisting with communication, education and public awareness aspects of biodiversity, there also are synergies between the CBD and UNESCO’s normative work in the area of natural and mixed (cultural/biological) heritage, soft law approaches to designation of specially protected areas such as biosphere reserves and the interlinkages between cultural and biological diversity.

11th Conference of the Parties

(Hyderabad, India, 8-19 October 2012)

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

In addition to its participation in CoP 11, UNESCO also organized side events and is playing an active role in the following events:

Second meeting of the Aichi Targets Task Force
The UN-wide Strategic Plan on Biodiversity (2011-2020) is structured by 20 operational targets known as the Aichi Targets. UNESCO is part of the Task Force monitoring progress in their implementation.

Go4BioDiv Youth Forum
6-19 October 2012
35 Youth from over 20 marine World Heritage Sites will meet in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve to exchange their views and ideas about governance, fisheries and marine biodiversity science and prepare a message for the decision makers participating in the high level segment of CoP 11.

Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Side event, 8 October 2012
This event is organized by the CBD Secretariat, with the participation of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Biological and Cultural Diversity: Joint UNESCO and CBD programme
Side event, 10 October 2012
The links between biological and cultural diversity, key challenges and ways in which the Joint Programme could contribute to addressing these challenges will be explored in a roundtable discussion. The event will also serve to report on the progress made by the programme, including the development of the Global Knowledge Platform on the links between Biological and Cultural Diversity.

Indigenous and local knowledge in global environments
Side event, 10 October 2012
Global environmental assessments, whether for biodiversity or climate change, should be based on the best available knowledge. Today there is broad recognition that indigenous and local knowledge must be part of that core data set. This event organized by UNESCO and the CBD Secretariat will provide an update on recent efforts to bring indigenous and local knowledge into scientific assessment processes, and consider case studies presented by indigenous peoples where community-based knowledge complements and advances current scientific understandings, while sustaining cultural integrity and fulfilling local needs. The discussion will explore pathways to overcome barriers and build synergies.

IBPES: from establishment to operationalization
Side event, 11 October 2011
This event will update on the work underway to operationalize the Integovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in which UNESCO plays a key role together with UNEP, FAO and UNDP.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Multiple Perspective Approaches to Biodiversity Education and Learning
Side event, 12 October 2012
The session will offer an opportunity to discuss the development and use of educational kits on biodiversity for teachers and trainers to raise awareness and educate young and wider public audiences through easy-to-use and appealing tools.

International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development – Learning to Conserve Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World
13-14 October 2012
The conference is organized by the Centre of Environment Education (CEE), India, and co-organized by UNESCO. Participants will deliberate on:

  • Biodiversity in Formal Education,
  • Biodiversity in Non Formal Education,
  • Education for Biodiversity Conservation in Rural Communities for Sustainable Livelihoods,
  • Education for Biodiversity Conservation in Urban Areas and Industries.

Recommendations on Biodiversity Conservation and ESD 
Side event, 17 October 2012
The conclusions of the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development will be presented to experts and decision makers.

Sustainable Ocean Initiative High-level Side Event
17 October 2012
The Sustainable Ocean Initiative was established during Cop 10 to address the need for capacity-building to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity in a holistic manner. Its mission includes facilitating the sharing and exchange of knowledge, information, experiences and practices; enhancing interactive communication among global policy, science and local stakeholders; monitoring progress on Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity; working together to achieve a balance between the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity; and promoting flexible and diverse approaches towards this end. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will be participating in this event.

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