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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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Highlights for Monday, 13 October 2014
CBD COP 12 & NP COP/MOP 1The 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.
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
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NAGOYA PROTOCOL OPENING PLENARY
 
L-R: Eleni Marama Rova Tokaduadua, Rapporteur; Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias;
Jae Chun Choe, President, National Institute of Ecology, Republic of Korea, on behalf of COP 12 President; Hem Pande, Chair of
NP COP/ MOP 1; Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; Worku Damena Yifru, CBD Secretariat; David Cooper, CBD
Secretariat; Janet Lowe, ICNP Co-Chair; Fernando Casas, ICNP Co-Chair; and Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat
 
 
Jae Chun Choe, President, National Institute of Ecology,
Republic of Korea, on behalf of COP 12 President
 
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
 
 
Hem Pande, Chair of the NP COP/MOP 1
Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP
 
COP 10 President Ryu Matsumoto, Japan
 
   
L-R: ICNP Co-Chairs Janet Lowe and Fernando Casas
   
 
 
Ugyen Tshewang, Bhutan
Norma Munguía Aldaraca, Mexico
Antung Deddy Radiansyah, Indonesia
 
Najat Said Abdallah, Comoros
Fernando Lugris, Uruguay
Alissa Takesy, Micronesia
 
Natalya Minchenko, Belarus
Jong Ryool Kim, Republic of Korea
Sonia Peña Moreno, IUCN
 
   
NP COP/MOP 1 participants during the opening plenary session
   
 
 
L-R: Modeste Kinane and Assouyouti Mahamat, African Development
Bank
 
L-R: Kauna Schröder, Namibia, with Jones Muleso Kharika,
South Africa
 
 
   
The Like-minded in Spirit Group of Women at the opening of NP COP/MOP 1
   
 
WORKING GROUP I
 
   
L-R: Ravi Sharma, CBD Secretariat; Sara Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; WG I Chair Tone Solhaug; and Erie Tamale,
CBD Secretariat
   
 
Mike Ipanga Mwaku, Democratic
Republic of Congo
Matilde Lopes, Guinea-Bissau
Philippe Desmeth, World Federation for
Culture Collections (WFCC)
 
L-R: Daphne Yong-d'Hervé, International Chamber of Commerce, and Seizo Sumida, Japan
Bioindustry Association
 
WORKING GROUP II
 
   
L-R: Horoyuki Tanaka, Japan, consulting with Gaute Voigt-Hanssen, Norway
   
 
Elzbieta Martyniuk, Poland
 
Alejandro Lago Candeira, Spain
 
Horst Korn, Germany
 
   
L-R: Zhenyan Zhu and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network
   
 
L-R: Sorka Copa Romero and Fernando Cisneros Arza, Bolivia
L-R: Gurdial Singh and Gan Pei Fern, Malaysia
 
   
L-R: Daniela Diz Pinto, WWF International, and Davi Bonavides, Brazil
   
 

Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Sub-national Governments

Hosted by the Republic of Korea and the Provincial Government of Gangwon and organized by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - Local Governments for Sustainability and the CBD Secretariat, the Summit addresses the nexus between cities and sustainable development, including sustainable development goals (SDGs) on biodiversity and cities, urban biodiversity research, planning, implementation and the green economy.

Session 1. Opening session
L-R: Shela Patrickson, ICLEI; Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy, India; Sri Jogu Ramanna, Government of Telangana, India; Yeonhee Park, Director, ICLEI Korea; CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias; Yeonman Jeong, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea; Choi Moon-soon, Governor, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea; Sisung Kim, Chair, Gangwon Provincial Council, Republic of Korea; David Cadman, President, ICLEI ; Jaekook Sim, Governor, Pyeongchang County, Republic of Korea; Andre Mader, CBD Secretariat, and Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI
Yeonman Jeong, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
David Cadman, President, ICLEI
Participants heard opening remarks by keynote speakers emphasizing the role of local governments and cities in achieving green economy and implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) and its Aichi Targets, as well as the SDGs. A short ceremony followed to mark the handing over of the flag from India to Korea. ICLEI provided an overview of the draft Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution. The session concluded with a presentation on the importance of sub-national implementation in the context of CBD COP 12, highlighting key issues that require specific actions from local governments.

Session 2. Sub-national and Local Governments for Sustainable Development — The context in which we work
L-R: Andrew Rudd, UN-Habitat; Cyriaque Sendashonga, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Thomas Elmqvist,
UN-Habitat; Reinhard Limbach, Deputy Mayor, Bonn, Germany; Marta Subirà i Roca, Government of Catalonia, Spain; Claude Audet-Robitaille, Quebec Province, Canada; Paul Dale, São Paulo State, Brazil, and Andre Mader, CBD Secretariat
Claude Audet-Robitaille, Quebec Province, Canada
Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN
Thomas Elmqvist, UN-Habitat
This session focused on the contribution of cities and sub-national governments to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The session included an overview of the SDGs, underscoring Goal 11 on safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements. Speakers highlighted the importance of operationalizing goals and targets at the local, sub-national and municipal levels, and using platforms to foster exchange and integrate biodiversity into the global agenda. Speakers also discussed the role of sub-national governments in bridging national and local levels, and catalyzing cooperation and the vertical implementation of the Convention. Other topics included the São Paulo State action plan and its Green Blue Municipality programme, which aims to work with diverse stakeholders and reinforce national policies, and the Advisory Committee of Cities and of sub-national Governments of the Global Partnership on Local and sub-national Action for Biodiversity.

Session 3. Research – Understanding the science-policy interface
L-R: José Puppim de Oliveira, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Thomas Elmqvist, UN-Habitat; Nobert Müller, President, Urban Biodiversity and Design Network (URBIO); Jonggeel Je, Mayor, Ansan City, Republic of Korea; Namchoon Kim, Chairman, Urban Biodiversity Forum, Republic of Korea; David Maddox, Principal at Urban Oikos Partners LLC, New York; Donald Hobern, Global Biodiversity Information Facility; Russell Galt, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
José Puppim de Oliveira, UNU-IAS
David Maddox, Principal at Urban Oikos Partners LLC, New York
Jonggeel Je, Mayor, Ansan City, Republic of Korea
This session addressed research for managing urban biodiversity and implementing the CBD. Panelists presented an overview of the International Network on Urban Biodiversity and Design (URBIO) and its role in CBD implementation, as well as a report on the 4th International Conference on Urban Biodiversity and Design. The session highlighted the need for policy-relevant research to respond to local needs through collaborative research design, data production, implementation and evaluation. The session emphasized that data sharing and management can support biodiversity conservation in cities, but also create obstacles to scientific knowledge sharing with policy makers due to language, priorities, processes and timing. The ensuing discussion addressed: strategies to make scientific knowledge available to policy makers; traditional knowledge integration; livable, resilient and sustainable cities; access to green spaces; social justice; and the nexus between urban and rural resources flows.

Session 4. Biodiversity Planning – Designing a greener future
L-R: Jacqueline Kozak-Thiel, State of Hawaii, USA; Steve Hounsell, Ontario Biodiversity Council, Canada; Choonghoon Cho, Mayor, Suncheon city, Korea; Kelly Torck, Environmental Ministry, Canada; Kadri Tillemann, Rapporteur of the EU Committee of the Regions on Multi-level Governance of Natural Capital and Chair, Keila Rural, Municipality Council, Estonia; Natasha Govender, eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa; Roberto Cavalcanti, Ministry of Environment, Brazil; Shela Patrickson, ICLEI
Natasha Govender, eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa
Duglae Kim, Republic of Korea
Ehyun Kim and Suhyun Lee, delivering the recommendations of the CBD Model Conference
This session addressed the importance of cooperation between various levels of government in order to translate the CBD Strategic Plan into biodiversity plans at the local and sub-national levels. Panelists described ways to improve synergies and cooperation among various levels, describing examples from local, municipal, sub-national, national and regional areas in, among others, Suncheon City (Korea), the EU, Hawaii State (US), Ontario Province (Canada) and Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea). They highlighted: involvement of local communities and indigenous peoples in biodiversity protection; the potential of cities to contribute to biodiversity management, including through the incorporation of urban green spaces into species corridors and harbors; citizen involvement in integrated and multi-level governance; and mechanisms to ensure communication and collaboration between levels, including biodiversity steering groups, sectorial working groups and committees.

Session 5. Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Sub-national Governments for Biodiversity
Andre Mader, Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Andrew Rudd, UN-Habitat
Shela Patrickson, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center
This session provided the opportunity for feedback and discussion on the content of the Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution. The Resolution outlines the importance of local and sub-national governments, priority thematic areas for cities and other local authorities to contribute to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020 and areas where more support and collaboration is needed between government levels. Suggestions included introducing references to, Habitat 3, SDGs on biodiversity, access to funding and capacity building. Adjustments of the text and paragraphs as well as minor changes were proposed and accepted. The Resolution will be delivered to the CBD COP 12 by the Gangwon Governor.

Cites Summit Snapshots

Siphumelele Nowele, Republic of South Africa
Ju Yung Ki, Chonbuk National University
Boniface Chimedza, Senior Environmental Officer, Lilongwe City Council
P. S. Janaki Krishna, Associate Professor, Institute of Public Enterprise
V. Krishna Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Kovel Foundation
Pamela Mühlmann, ICLEI

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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