UNESCO builds consensus for its action on Biodiversity
On Tuesday, 20 September 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between International Agencies, Organizations and Conventions on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Achievement of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Memorandum was signed by twenty-six such parties.
The Strategic Plan and the related Aichi Targets provide a framework for coordinated UN system-wide action in support of the conservation and sustainable and equitable use of biological diversity for human well-being and development. The related targets will allow to measure concrete progress towards solving the biodiversity crisis.
The Plan is supported by a 2011-2020 UN Decade on Biodiversity adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2010.
The Director-General has elaborated a UNESCO Biodiversity Initiative, which will be formally launched at the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in the fall of 2011. The Initiative will respond to Member States’ wish to ensure more coherence in UNESCO’s biodiversity action, so as to maximize the Organization’s contribution to the achievement of the Aichi Targets on Biodiversity.
UNESCO is best placed to address the ultimate causes of biodiversity loss, through the appropriate application of Science & Technology, education and communication and the mutually enriching relation between cultural and biological diversity.