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  • Lead-organizer: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Date: 16 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-6

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Organizing partners

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Introduction

Protecting Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides is at the heart of sustainable development. The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, adopted in 2010 at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), represents a coordinated and sustained response by governments and the United Nations system to the ongoing loss of biodiversity. In this side event, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, along with its United Nations system partners will outline the mission and vision of the Strategy and show how biodiversity supports achievement of the three pillars of sustainable development. Representatives of the Interagency Task Force for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will speak about the role of the Plan in coordinating actions among stakeholders.

Detailed programme

Biological diversity underpins ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. It provides for food security, human health, the provision of clean air and water; it contributes to local livelihoods, and economic development, and is essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including poverty reduction.

Accordingly, the goals of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to promote a green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication, and enhance the institutional framework for sustainable development can be realized by taking into account the contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In 2010, governments adopted a ten year strategic plan to halt the loss of biodiversity. The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi biodiversity targets were adopted by governments at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity. Subsequently, the plan was adopted as the guidance for the United Nations system as a whole.

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi biodiversity targets provide a compelling vision and enabling framework for the realization of sustainable production and consumption in a participatory and inclusive manner, and in that regard will support food security, sustainable water management and the foundations for a green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Mainstreaming the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi biodiversity targets will allow for multiple sectors to refocus on sustainability through increasing awareness of threats and opportunities, and enhancing the understanding of links between biodiversity and ecosystem services for the benefit of ?green gross domestic product?.

The successful implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity requires new and innovative approaches to link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use to development as well as the removal of perverse incentives. The development and promotion of such approaches should be supported within the enhanced institutional frameworks for sustainable development.

The development of national level targets within the framework of the Aichi biodiversity targets will support the monitoring and evaluation of progress towards sustainable development objectives and, as such, should be fully integrated into the development and adoption of sustainable development targets through Rio+20.

In addition, the Nagoya Protocol offers a unique opportunity to enhance universality, democracy and transparency in the use of biological resources for the benefit of all stakeholders. As such, action should be taken towards universal ratification of the Protocol and its rapid implementation at all levels.

An interagency task force in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity was established to provide coherence and coordination at the UN system level.

This event will discuss the contribution of the Strategic Plan, its Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Nagoya Protocol, to the realization of sustainable development over the next ten years and beyond. Representatives of the InterAgency Task Force from the United Nations System, Civil society and others, will show their commitment to the plan, and show its contribution to overall development outcomes.

Speakers:
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias ? Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Cochairs of the Interagency Task force for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity:
- Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Government of Japan (in its capacity as President of COP 10 to the CBD)
Government of India (in its capacity as the incoming President of COP 11 to the CBD)
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