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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on CBD Implementation

Tuesday, 05 February 2013
The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which took place on 11 December 2012, has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.58 on the “Implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development.”  

The draft resolution welcomes the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)held in Hyderabad, India, from 9 to18 October 2012. The draft stresses the need for mobilization of financial, human, and technical resources from all sources to be balanced with the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and welcomes the Hyderabad Pledge, which aims to strengthen institutional mechanisms for capacity-building in developing countries.

The draft resolution also reaffirms the intrinsic value of biological diversity as well as the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values of biological diversity and its critical role in maintaining ecosystems that provide essential services, which are critical foundations for sustainable development and human well-being. According to the resolution States have the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own environmental policies and the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.

Stressing the importance of private-sector engagement in CBD implementation, the draft calls on businesses to align their policies with the objectives of the Convention: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The draft also recognizes the importance of indigenous people (IP) and local communities (ILCs) in the stewardship and sustainable management of natural renewable resources.
It also encourages governments to share the results of research and development from the utilization of genetic resources, and to take measures towards achieving the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization (ABS). Reaffirming the importance of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the text notes the efforts to mainstream these targets in the contribution of the United Nations system to support the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Finally, it encourages stakeholders to consider the Strategic Plan and Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, taking into account the three dimensions of sustainable development and it invites the Secretariat of the Convention to report, through the Secretary-General, to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session on the advancement of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including on difficulties encountered in the process of their implementation

Sources: CBD, IISD Reporting Services,
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