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Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) and First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (NP COP/MOP 1)

6-17 and 13-17 October 2014 | Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

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Summary Highlights of the Meeting
CBD COP 12 & NP COP/MOP 1

Friday, 17 October 2014

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened concurrently with the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 1) from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, gathering over 3,000 delegates. Following intense late-night sessions marked by numerous parallel deliberations and many informal consultations, delegates agreed to the Pyeongchang Roadmap, containing five decisions on: mid-term review of progress towards the goals of the Strategic Plan; and the Aichi targets; biodiversity and sustainable development; review of progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention; cooperation with other conventions; and a strategy for resource mobilization.

CBD COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon and NP COP/MOP 1 Chair Hem Pande jointly gaveled the concurrent meetings to a close at 8:43 pm.

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L-R: NP COP/MOP 1 Chair Hem Pande and CBD COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon jointly gaveled the concurrent meetings to a close at 8:43 pm.
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JOINT CLOSING PLENARY OF NP COP/MOP 1 AND CBD COP 12
 
L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias; NP COP/MOP 1 Chair Hem
Pande
; COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon; David Cooper, Secretary of the Meeting; Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; and Worku
Damena Yifru
, CBD Secretariat
 
Jill Hanna, EU
 
L-R: Edgar Selvin Pérez Pérez and José Luis Echeverría Tello, Guatemala
 
Maggie Comstock, Conservation
International
 
Robert McLean, Canada
 
Joji Cariño, IIFB
 
Roberto Dondisch Glowinski, Mexico
 
Delegates from Thailand
 
COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon, posing for a "selfie"
 
Participants from UNEP
     
Delegates from the UK
 
CBD Secretariat staff
 
Cheerful participants at the end of the meeting
 

Thursday, 16 October 2014


The High-Level Segment convened throughout the day and adopted the Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. Working Group I addressed draft decisions on items under the Nagoya Protocol on capacity building, awareness raising, access and benefit-sharing clearing-house, and monitoring and reporting. Working Group I also considered COP draft decisions on retirement of decisions, biodiversity and human health, and support for implementation. Working Group II considered COP draft decisions on business and stakeholder engagement, engagement with sub-national and local governments, tourism development, synthetic biology, Article 8(j) and related provisions (terminology), biodiversity and climate change, and ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). Contact and informal groups met during the day.

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Yvo de Boer, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
(GGGI)
 
Pavan Sukhdev, CEO, Green Indian States Trust (GIST)
 
 
L-R: Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland; Enrique Lendo, Mexico; Lorena Tapia Núñez, Minister of Environment, Ecuador;
COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias; Kirsten Brøsbol,
Minister for the Environment, Denmark; and Sanghoon Kim, Moderator
 
L-R: David Hafashimana and Christine Akello, Uganda, waiting outside the High-Level Segment sessions
 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


A High-level Segment convened throughout the day. Working Group I addressed draft decisions on biodiversity and sustainable development, gender mainstreaming, improving efficiency, and the multi-year work programme under the COP. They also addressed capacity building and the access and benefit-sharing clearing house under the Nagoya Protocol. Working Group II considered draft decisions on ecosystem conservation and restoration, and climate change. Several contact and informal groups met during the day and into the night.

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L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global
Environment Facility (GEF); COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon; Hongwon Chung, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP; Choi Moon-soon, Governor, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea; and CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
   
 
   
View of the opening plenary of the COP 12 High-Level Segment with Hongwon Chung, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea, on screen
   
 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP) and the Nagoya Protocol Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (NP COP/MOP) continued discussion of several agenda items on Tuesday. Working Group I considered: capacity building, and awareness raising on genetic resources and traditional knowledge, under the NP COP/MOP; and review of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan (SP), the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), and improving efficiency and structures of the CBD, under the CBD COP. Working Group II considered: marine and coastal biodiversity, bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management, and ecosystem conservation and restoration under the CBD COP; and model contractual clauses, voluntary codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices and/or standards under the NP COP/MOP.

A joint session of the COP and the COP/MOP convened in plenary in the evening, adopting, NP COP/MOP decisions on: SBI, concurrent meetings, and model contractual clauses, voluntary codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices. The plenary also adopted CBD COP decisions on SBI, concurrent meetings, Article 8(j) and related provisions, and marine and coastal biodiversity.

A Friends of the Chair group met on terminology, and contact groups convened on compliance, cooperation and the financial mechanism throughout the day. Working Group I and the contact group on the financial mechanism continued discussions late into the evening.

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Captain Hook Awards on the margins of CBD COP 12, as NGOs protest the use of synthetic biology in "syn-bio-piracy"
   
 
Yoon Seongkyu, COP 12 President
     
Juan Jose Guerra Abud, Secretary of the Environment and
Natural Resources, Mexico
 

Monday, 13 October 2014

The first COP/MOP of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing convened in plenary. COP/MOP 1 adopted the agenda and rules of procedure, addressed organizational matters, heard the Open-Ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) report and exchanged views on the status of implementation. In the afternoon, the two Working Groups discussed, inter alia: the financial mechanism and resource mobilization; the Global Multilateral Benefit-sharing Mechanism; cooperation with other conventions under the Nagoya Protocol; and compliance.

Friends of the Chair and contact groups on synthetic biology, compliance, the financial mechanism and resource mobilization, cooperation, the “indigenous peoples” terminology and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services met throughout the day.

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L-R: Jae Chun Choe, President, National Institute of Ecology, Republic of Korea, on behalf of the COP 12
President, invites Hem Pande, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India, to chair Nagoya Protocol (NP) COP/ MOP 1
   
 
L-R: ICNP Co-Chairs Janet Lowe and Fernando Casas
 

Friday, 10 October 2014

On Friday, 10 October, Working Group I considered conference room papers (CRPs) on implementation of the Strategic Plan, and support for its implementation. Working Group II finalized a CRP on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge). Contact groups addressed compliance under the Nagoya Protocol, synthetic biology, and resource mobilization and the financial mechanism. Friends of the Chair groups convened on the “indigenous peoples” terminology, ecologically and biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) and the voluntary peer-review of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs). An afternoon plenary addressed organizational issues; adopted decisions on liability and redress, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and invasive alien species; and addressed access and benefit-sharing and biodiversity mainstreaming.

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Delegates from Africa consulting
 
   
Participants from WWF International and BirdLife International discussing text
   
 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

WG I addressed operations of the Convention and the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW); and considered a conference room paper (CRP) on support for implementation of the Strategic Plan. WG II considered biofuels and cooperation with other organizations, and addressed CRPs on liability and redress, invasive alien species (IAS) and Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Contact groups addressed the financial mechanism and resource mobilization, and compliance under the Nagoya Protocol. Friends of the Chair groups convened on capacity building, EBSAs and the “indigenous peoples” terminology.

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Cheerful participants at the end of the meeting
 
   
L-R: Barbara De Rosa-Joynt and Stephanie Aktipis, US
   
 
   
L-R: Mundita Lim, the Philippines, in conversation with Edgar Selvin Pérez, Guatemala
   
 
Contact group on resource mobilization and the financial mechanism
 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WG I addressed the financial mechanism, biodiversity and sustainable development, gender mainstreaming and operations of the Convention. WG II considered the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), synthetic biology, biodiversity and climate change, ecosystem restoration and bushmeat. Contact groups addressed resource mobilization, synthetic biology, the AHTEG on indicators, and EBSAs. A Friends of the Chair group discussed the use of the term "indigenous peoples and local communities."

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Korean traditional dance with music by the Gangwon Provincial Arts Company
   
 
Amina Drissi, Morocco
Mark Zimsky, Global Environment Facility
(GEF)
Jessika Carvajal, Colombia
 
   
L-R: Francis Ogwal, Uganda, consulting with Johansen Voker, Liberia
   
 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

WG I continued discussions on implementation of the Strategic Plan, and addressed resource mobilization. WG II considered liability and redress, marine and coastal biodiversity, and invasive alien species. A Friends of the Chair group addressed terminology related to “indigenous peoples and local communities.”

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Delegates from Jordan, Syria and Yemen in consultation with a participant from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
 
Maja Stade Aaronaes, Norway
Ilham Atho Mohamed, Maldives
Roxana Solis Ortiz, Peru
 
Patama Domrongphol, Thailand
Mundita Lim, the Philippines
Linda Collette, UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO)
 
Maadjou Bah, Guinea
 

Monday, 6 October 2014

COP 12 opening plenary heard opening and regional statements; addressed organizational issues; and discussed the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4). In the afternoon, Working Group I (WG I) addressed the GBO-4 and the mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan. WG II addressed Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge).

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Performance of traditional Korean drums during the opening plenary of COP 12 in Pyeongchang,
Republic of Korea
   
 
   
L-R: Hem Pande, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India
and COP 11 President, hands over the COP Presidency to Yoon Seongkyu, Minister of Environment,
Republic of Korea
,
   
 
 
Choi Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province, Republic of
Korea
 
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
(UNEP)
 
 
L-R: Jae Chun Choe, President, National Institute of Ecology, Republic of Korea; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio
Ferreira de Souza Dias
; Choi Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea; Hem Pande, COP 11
President; Yoon Seongkyu, COP 12 President; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Dong Yeol Yeom, Member of
the National Assembly, Republic of Korea; David Cooper, CBD Secretariat; and Kim Si-sung, Chairperson of the
Gangwon Province Council
 
 
 
Specific funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Finnish Ministry of Environment
MEV Finnish Ministry of Environment
GIZ BMZ

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COP 12 Resources

*COP 12 Website

*COP 12 Documents

*COP 12 Provisional Annotated Agenda

*COP 12 Draft Decisions

*COP12 HLS doncuments

*High Level Segment Documents

*High-Level Segment Programme

*COP 12 Side Events

*Biodiversity Summit

*Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair during COP 12

*Rio Conventions Pavilion

*Host Country Website


NP COP/MOP 1 Resources

*NP COP/MOP 1 Website

*NP COP/MOP 1 Documents

*NP COP/MOP 1 Annotated Provisional Agenda

*ABS-CH Workshop


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