Global Biodiversity Strategy & Targets

Ministers Stress Awareness, Education to Achieve Aichi Targets [viewed]

8 November 2012: A number of ministers identified education as a key driver in achieving the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets for Biodiversity, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD in Hyderabad, India. These ministers highlighted biodiversity awareness-raising activities and education as critical tools for producing concrete solutions to biodiversity challenges.

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IOC Executive Director Discusses Rio+20, EBSAs at MarCuba [viewed]

5 November 2012: Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), discussed key issues in marine and coastal sciences within the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during a keynote speech at the IX Marine Science Congress (MarCuba 2012) in Havana, Cuba. 

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Event: CBD COP 12 [viewed]

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

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CBD "Square Brackets" Newsletter Focuses on Aichi Targets [viewed]

October 2012: The seventh issue of [square brackets], the newsletter on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and civil society, has been made available online. With a special focus on the Aichi biodiversity targets, this issue features the perspectives of the Heads of five agencies that are members of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Task Force, and of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for African Least Developed Countries on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen capacities of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for preparing their fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which are due by 31 March 2014, specifically in assessing the status and trends of biodiversity, reviewing implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and measuring progress towards the 2020 Aichi targets.  

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Event: CBD Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa [viewed]

Established during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Ocean Initiative provides a global platform to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity in a holistic manner. This workshop will showcase regional experiences focusing on West Africa, covering ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, and integrated marine and coastal area management towards achieving Targets 6 and 11 in a holistic manner.  

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Project on World Wide Views on Biodiversity Presents Final Report [viewed]

October 2012: World Wide Views on Biodiversity, a global project aiming to raise awareness of biodiversity values, published its Results Report and presented it at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The project addressed Aichi Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which states that "By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably."

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Biodiversity Champions [viewed]

October 2012: During the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and the Government of India made strong calls to Parties, partners and other stakeholders to become "biodiversity champions" by pledging support to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets.

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UNCCD Releases Land Day 6 Report [viewed]

24 October 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released a report from Land Day 6, which convened under the theme "Land-degradation neutrality – a response to the 2020 Aichi biodiversity targets."

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Meeting on Animal Genetic Resources Documents Progress on Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO24 October 2012: In an effort to stop the loss of livestock genetic diversity, delegates from 80 countries met to present reports and discuss progress on implementing the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resource. The Plan of Action was developed in 2007, and has been followed by the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which met from 24-26 October 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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