Biodiversity

In October 2010, the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya Japan, adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity including a set of global biodiversity targets as a revitalized biodiversity agenda for implementation in 2011-2020.

Implementing the Biodiversity Strategic Plan requires a multi-sectoral integration and mainstreaming of the biodiversity targets across the strategies and activities including those of the United Nations agencies.

The Environment Management Group has contributed to the preparation of the Strategic Plan by providing the UN system perspectives on the post 2010 biodiversity challenges and their relevance to human well-being and social and economic development goals, including poverty reduction in the Report “Advancing the biodiversity agenda: A UN system-wide contribution”. The report was welcomed by CBD 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in Nagoya Japan in October 2010.

Following the decisions of the CBD COP10 and 11 , senior officials of the EMG have continued their contribution in supporting the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Based on the Progress report on the contribution of the UN system to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020), and the important work of the Issue Management Group on Biodiversity in identifying areas of cooperation, sharing of tasks in implementation of the targets and planning future activities in support of the targets, thus far, the IMG will be continued for another year to finalize its on-going tasks and contribute to the mid-term evaluation of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Biodiversity to be discussed at CBD COP12 in 2014.

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