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Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

8-19 October 2012 | Hyderabad, India
 
Summary Highlights of the Meeting
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

CBD COP 11
Friday, 19 October 2012

On Friday afternoon, 19 October, plenary adopted decisions on most agenda items, including on marine and coastal biodiversity, climate change-related issues, new and emerging issues, and guidance to the financial mechanisms, while ministerial consultations were ongoing on resource mobilization.

At 6:00 pm, plenary was suspended to allow the finance negotiations to continue.

At 1:53 am, the closing plenary reconvened and adopted a decision on targets for resource mobilization. COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.


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View of the closing plenary in session presided by COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India

 
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COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.

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Closing Plenary
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Dais during the start of closing plenary

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Thuriya Said Al-Sarriri, Oman

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Alejandra Torres, Colombia

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Haigen Xu, China

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Jong-Soo Yoon, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea, announced their intention to host COP 12

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L-R: Florina Lopez Miro, Latin American Women's Network on Biodiversity, presented a gift to the CBD Museum of Nature and Culture to Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

WG I and WG II approved several draft decisions. In the afternoon, WG I focused on REDD+ and adopted its report, while contact group discussions on resource mobilization and the budget continued. The high-level segment heard statements from ministers and high-level representatives, and held two panel discussions on marine and coastal biodiversity and the Nagoya Protocol.

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Nikolaus Berlakovich, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria, in conversation with Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Switzerland

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Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda

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Abdo Razzaz, Minister of Water and Environment, Yemen

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L-R: John Matuszak, US and Damaso Luna, Mexico

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

WG I and WG II addressed several draft decisions. The budget group, and contact groups on resource mobilization and REDD+ met throughout the day. The high-level segment heard statements from ministers and high-level representatives, and held two panel discussions on implementation of the Strategic Plan, and biodiversity for livelihoods and poverty reduction.

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L-R: Hem Pande, India; Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; Rachel Kyte, World Bank; Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India; Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP; and Naoko Ishii, CEO, GEF

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Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary

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Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India

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Mok Mareth, Senior Minister, Ministry of Environment of Cambodia

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Hanny-Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana

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Sofoclis Aletraris, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Cyprus, on behalf of the EU

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Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF

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Nicola Breier, Head of Unit, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

WG I and WG II addressed several draft decisions. Contact and Friends of the Chair groups on biodiversity and development, new and emerging issues, IPBES, geo-engineering and the financial mechanism met throughout the day. In the afternoon, the opening plenary of the high-level segment was held.

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Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, addresses the opening plenary of the High-Level Segment in Hyderabad, India

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Monday, 15 October 2012

WG I addressed draft decisions on marine and coastal and island biodiversity, inland waters and protected areas; and WG II on the status of the Nagoya Protocol and capacity-building-related items. The budget group, and contact and Friends of the Chair groups on resource mobilization, guidance to the financial mechanism, new and emerging issues, REDD+, and geo-engineering met throughout the day..

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Participants from the Marie Khan Women's Caucus with Vandana Shiva, philosopher and environmental activist
Photo courtesy of CBD Secretariat

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Juan Pablo Paniego, Argentina

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Ana María Hernández Salgar, Colombia

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Leonel Sierralta, Chile

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Friday, 12 October 2012

WG I met in the morning and afternoon to discuss biodiversity and climate change, and ecosystem restoration. In the afternoon, plenary adopted decisions on biofuels and biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), the GTI and incentive measures, heard reports and addressed organizational matters. Contact groups on resource mobilization and REDD+, as well as the budget group and Friends of the Chair groups on guidance to the financial mechanism and geo-engineering met throughout the day.

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CBD veterans at COP 11
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Participants observed a moment of silence in honor of the late CBD staff member Marie Aminata Khan

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

WG I addressed: sustainable use; the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC); biofuels and biodiversity; invasive alien species (IAS); and incentive measures. WG II considered operations of the Convention, and biodiversity and development. The Friends of the Chair group on the financial mechanism met throughout the day. Contact groups on Article 8(j) and resource mobilization met in the evening.

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Youth participants from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School

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Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico

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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

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L-R: Kabir Bavikatte, India, with Holly Shrumm, Natural Justice

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

WG I addressed Article 8(j), biodiversity of drylands and sub-humid lands, inland waters and protected areas (PAs). WG II considered the status of the Nagoya Protocol, and cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity. A contact group on the Article 8(j) and a Friends of the Chair group on GEF-related items met in the evening.

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L-R: Joziléia Daniza Kaingáng, Lucia Fernanda Jófej Kaingáng, and Edna Marajoara, indigenous participants from Brazil

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Indian traditional bamboo dance

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

WG I addressed marine and coastal biodiversity, REDD+ safeguards and geo-engineering. WG II continued discussions on implementation of the Strategic Plan and addressed issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism. An evening contact group discussed REDD+.

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Pavan Sukhdev, Chair of the high-level panel on global assessment of resources for implementing the Strategic Plan 2011-2020, giving a video address in WG II.

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Sofia Gutiérrez, UN World Tourism Organization

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Julia Hoppstock, Argentina

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L-R: Hem Pande and Sujata Arora, India

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Monday, 8 October 2012

The morning plenary heard opening and regional statements, and addressed organizational issues. In the afternoon, Working Group I (WG I) considered island biodiversity and ecosystem restoration. WG II addressed implementation of the Strategic Plan and progress towards the Aichi targets.

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L-R: Ryu Matsumoto, former Minister of Environment, Japan and Hoshino Kazuaki, Representative of the
Minister of Environment, Japan, hand over the gavel and COP Presidency to Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister
of Environment and Forests, India.

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Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary

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Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh

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Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, in a conversation with Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh

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Delegates from India with Olivier Jalbert, Secretary of the Meeting (left)

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