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Fifth meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 5) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and
Eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 18)

WGRI 5 & SBSTTA 18

16-20 & 23-28 June 2014
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters,
Montreal, Canada


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Highlights for Monday, 16 June 2014
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Plenary view during the first day of WGRI 5 of the CBD

The meeting of the fifth ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI 5) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened today at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.

In the morning, WGRI 5 Chair, Hem Pande, reminded parties that only 2390 days remain to meet the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias noted the importance of the meeting as a mid-term opportunity for the parties to review the progress made in moving towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. WGRI 5 delegates considered: review of progress in updating and implementing national biodiversity strategies and action plans; review of progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan; resource mobilization, including target setting, review of implementation of the strategy for resource mobilization and the Pyeonchang Road Map; and the financial mechanism.

WGRI 5 established a contact group on resource mobilization and financial mechanism, co-chaired by Jeremy Eppel, UK and Francis Ogwal, Uganda.

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Opening Plenary & Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
2011-2020 and Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary
Hem Pande, India

Strategy for Resource Mobilization:
Review of Implementation and a Progress Report on the Assessment of Financing Needs and Gaps
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Sanghoon Kim, Director General, The Korean Secretariat
of the UN CBD COP 12, Republic of Korea
Athena Mourmouri, Greece

Reception
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Highlights for Tuesday, 17 June 2014

WGRI 5 resumed its discussions on Tuesday with an informal dialogue session in the morning, during which two panels discussed ways of: mainstreaming biodiversity in the sustainable development goals; and mobilizing resources for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Panelists addressed questions on: the adequacy of the zero draft in addressing biodiversity and ecosystems; the role of the Secretariat, CBD parties, and the CBD community in mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystems in the post-2015 development agenda; integration of the NBSAPs at the national level with development, disaster prevention and other relevant planning processes; examples of biodiversity-related activities that were successfully prioritized in national budgeting processes; the human and financial capacity required to mobilize resources to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and identification of the positive impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem services on national income.

In the afternoon, delegates provided statements on: the potential of biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development; and improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention.

In the evening, a contact group met under the guidance of Jeremy Eppel, UK, and Francis Ogwal, Uganda, to discuss resource mobilization and the financial mechanism. A Friends of the Chair group on biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development was also established with Maria Schultz, Sweden, as chair.

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Delegates in the plenary on the second day of CBD WGRI 5

Informal Dialogue Sessions:
Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Sustainable Development Goals: The Road Ahead
Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director,
Indigenous Information Network, Kenya
Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, General Director of International
Cooperation and Implementation, CONABIO, Mexico
Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN
Olav Kjørven, Special Advisor to the UNDP
Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Informal Dialogue Sessions:
Mobilization of Resources for Achieving the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets
María Eugenia Choque Quispe, UN Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
Christina van Winkle, Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Highlights for Wednesday, 18 June 2014

WGRI 5 reconvened on Wednesday, with delegates addressing agenda items on cooperation, including: cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives; engagement with sub-national and local governments; and engagement of stakeholders and major groups, including business.

In the afternoon and evening, the contact group on resource mobilization and the financial mechanism, co-chaired by Jeremy Eppel, UK, and Francis Ogwal, Uganda, met and considered a second reading of a non-paper. A contact group on improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention, chaired by Tone Solhaug, Norway, and Spencer Thomas, Grenada, was established and considered a first reading of a Chair’s text.

In the evening, a Friends of the Chair group met on biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development with Maria Schultz, Sweden, as Chair.

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Chair Hem Pande, India, during the opening session.

Cooperation
Dayna Noltie and Christian Schwarzer,
Global Youth Biodiversity Network
Amy Ann Fraenkel, CBD Secretariat
John Leigh, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
Robert Lamb, UNEP

Contact Group on Improving the Efficiency of Structures and Processes under the Convention
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Highlights for Thursday, 19 June 2014

Throughout the day, delegates reviewed draft recommendations on: progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan; progress in updating and implementing NBSAPs; progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan; the financial mechanism; improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention; progress related to business engagement; engagement with subnational and local governments; cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives; and stakeholder engagement.

In the morning, Jeremy Eppel, UK, Co-Chair of the contact group on resource mobilization and the financial mechanism reported back to WGRI 5, noting progress made, and proposed continued informal consultations to iron out issues on the final targets for resource mobilization. WGRI 5 considered items on mainstreaming gender and retirement of decisions.

Two contact groups met in the afternoon and evening on resource mobilization, and improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention. The Friends of the Chair group met on biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Dias during the opening session of Day 3
Santiago Obispo, Amazon Cooperation Network (REDCAM)
Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA
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(L-R): Atsuhiro Yoshinaka, CBD Secretariat; Lydia Zemke, CBD Secretariat; and Eleni Marama Rova Tokaduadua, Fiji

Friends of the Chair Meeting
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Highlights for Friday, 20 June 2014

WGRI 5 reconvened in plenary on Friday morning and considered draft recommendations on: biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development; review of progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan; resource mobilization; an updated Gender Plan of Action to 2020 and progress in gender mainstreaming; and retirement of decisions. WGRI 5 adopted final recommendations, to be forwarded to COP 12.

In the closing plenary, CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias, lauded delegates for the positive spirit of cooperation demonstrated throughout the week. He informed delegates that South Sudan is the newest party to the Convention, bringing the number to 194, and announced Guatemala’s ratification of the Nagoya Protocol, bringing the number of ratifications to 38. Chair Pande closed the meeting at 4:59 pm.

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Chair Hem Pande signaled the adoption of final recommendations from WGRI 5 to forward to COP 12
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Dais during the morning plenary session
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Naohisa Okuda, Japan
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Tone Solhaug, Norway

Highlights for Monday, 23 June 2014

The eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 18) opened on Monday, 23 June 2014, in Montreal, Canada. Delegates met in plenary throughout the day to: review the draft of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4); review the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) 2011-2020; consider recommendations on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); and review incentive measures, including obstacles encountered in implementing options identified for eliminating, phasing out or reforming incentives that are harmful for biodiversity.

A contact group, chaired by Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), on the GBO-4 and the Pyeongchang Road Map was established, and will meet on Tuesday evening.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the CBD Secretariat.

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The CBD Secretariat poses for a special photograph in honour of Secretariat member Robert Höft, whom they wish a speedy recovery.

Opening Plenary
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Panel (L-R): Snežana Prokić, Serbia; Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; SBSTTA Chair Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia; David Cooper, CBD Secretariat; and Simone Schiele, CBD Secretariat
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Paul Leadley, Université Paris-Sud, Group Leader for the Global Biodiversity Outlook Technical Study

Evening Reception

Highlights for Tuesday, 24 June 2014

On Tuesday, delegates convened in plenary throughout the day and considered: marine and coastal biodiversity, including: reports on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); addressing impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity of underwater noise, marine debris, ocean acidification and coral bleaching; and developing tools and capacity, including marine spatial planning and training initiatives. In the afternoon, delegates considered synthetic biology under new and emerging issues. In the evening, a contact group, chaired by Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), met to discuss GBO-4. A Friends of the Chair group, chaired by Alexander Shestakov (Russian Federation), was formed to continue discussions on meeting the criteria for EBSAs that will meet on Wednesday.

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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, and Hesiquio Benitez
Diaz, Mexico, signing the Global Invasive Alien Species Information Partnership
Jihyun Lee, CBD Secretariat
Chair Alexander Shestakov, Russian Federation
Christina Baritaki, Greece
Andrea Cruz Angón, Mexico
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Panel from afternoon plenary

Highlights for Wednesday, 25 June 2014

On Wednesday morning, delegates reconvened in plenary to consider invasive alien species (IAS), including: management of risks associated with introduction of alien species introduced as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food; and review of work on IAS and considerations for future work.

In the afternoon, delegates resumed consideration of synthetic biology, and afterwards discussed issues in progress, including: integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities; promoting the contribution of REDD+ activities towards achieving the objectives of the Convention; climate-related geo-engineering; and ecosystem conservation and restoration.

Two contact groups met in the evening. A contact group on synthetic biology was chaired by Andrew Bignell (New Zealand), and the other on marine and coastal biodiversity was chaired by Renée Sauvé (Canada).

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Chair Moustafa Mokhtar Ali Fouda, Egypt, addressing delegates in plenary
Dennis Rangi, Executive Director for International
Development at CABI, and Piero Genovesi, ISPRA
and Chair of IUCN’s Invasive Species Specialists Group
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Side Event on: Synthetic biology, new breeding technologies and living modified organisms:
the need to map gaps in regulation and risk assessment and how to address them
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Contact Group on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Highlights for Thursday, 26 June 2014

On Thursday morning, delegates resumed plenary discussions on: issues in progress, including integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities; application of relevant safeguards for biodiversity with regard to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to REDD+; climate-related geo-engineering; ecosystem conservation and restoration; definitions of key terms on biofuels; and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Three contact groups met in the afternoon on synthetic biology, marine and coastal biodiversity, and IAS. In the evening, SBSTTA reconvened in plenary to consider issues on health and biodiversity, and recommendations to COP 12 on: GBO-4 progress in achieving the targets of the GSPC; obstacles encountered in implementing options identified for eliminating, phasing out, or reforming incentives; and IPBES.

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Aerial view during the morning plenary
Kelly Hertenweg and Catherine Debruyne, Belgium

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Side event - ICCAs and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

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Contact Group on Synthetic Biology

Highlights for Friday, 27 June 2014

On Friday, SBSTTA reconvened in plenary and considered revised text throughout the day on: review of GBO-4; marine and coastal biodiversity, including EBSAs and other matters; IAS, including management of risks associated with IAS introduced as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food, and review of work on IAS and considerations for future work; synthetic biology; IPBES; and consideration of issues in progress, including biodiversity and climate change, and ecosystem conservation and restoration.

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SBSTTA Chair Gemedo Dalle Tussie signaled the adoptions of SBSTTA 18 recommendations to forward to COP 12
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Andrew Bignell, New Zealand
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Steven Cox, New Zealand
Contact Group on Synthetic Biology
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Highlights for Saturday, 28 June 2014

On Saturday morning, SBSTTA 18 delegates met in plenary to consider draft recommendations on, inter alia: obstacles encountered in implementing options identified for eliminating, phasing out or reforming incentives that are harmful for biodiversity; IAS; GBO-4; EBSAs and other marine and coastal biodiversity issues; biodiversity and climate change; ecosystem and restoration; sustainable use of biodiversity; and a revised recommendation on scientific and technical needs for implementing the Strategic Plan.

Plenary adopted 14 recommendations and the meeting report. In closing, Braulio Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, lauded delegates for priority actions adopted to help accelerate achievement of Aichi Target 10 (coral reefs and closely associated ecosystems), as well as the guidance adopted on devising and implementing measures towards achieving Aichi Target 9 (IAS). He announced that 41 countries have ratified the Nagoya Protocol, and called on others to consider ratifying the Protocol, noting that the UN Treaty Division accepts signed, scanned versions of instruments of ratification via email. SBSTTA Chair Dalle Tussie (Ethiopia) gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:12 pm.

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Davi Bonavides and Saulo Arantes Ceolin showing their support for
"Team Brazil" in their World Cup Round of 16 football match vs. Chile

Closing Plenary
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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary
Simone Schiele, CBD Secretariat
Seukwoo Kang, Republic of Korea

Specific funding for coverage of WGRI 5 and SBSTTA 18 has been provided by the
Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

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*SBSTTA 18 Side Events


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