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Participants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.
The third World Congress on Biosphere Reserves, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Spanish Ministry for the Environment, opened on 4 February 2008 in Madrid, Spain, and will finish on 9 February.
Endorsed by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this conference will explore the issues relating to the developing area of biodiversity finance. The first day of the conference will introduce the biodiversity finance challenge and corporate biodiversity considerations and the second day will focus more closely on the financial service sector and biodiversity.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the 2010 Biodiversity Indicator Partnership on 12 July 2007, in Paris, France, during the second meeting of the Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The sixth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues met in New York, US, from 14-25 May 2007, with the theme “Territories, Lands and Natural Resources.” Over one thousand delegates from seventy countries participated at the forum, which sought to build support for a UN General Assembly vote to endorse a declaration protecting indigenous peoples' land and resource rights.