CBD/COP10

Global Launching of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020

Supporting Developing Countries to Implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Date:
17 December 2011:
Commemorative Ceremony

18 December 2011:
Commemorative Forum
Workshop (Invitation only)

19 December 2011:
Excursion (Invitation only )

Location: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan


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Contact: Eric Fong, UNU-ISP undb_secretariat@unu.edu



Overview

At the Tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD/COP10)- Biodiversity Summit, held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, many important decisions, inter alia, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, were adopted to provide the foundation for taking action to halt biodiversity loss and sustaining the ecosystems of the earth.

The CBD/COP10 also invited the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to consider declaring 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) to promote implementation of these decisions. In proposing the UNDB, the CBD/COP10 also referred to the importance of raising public awareness of biodiversity related issues and the momentum achieved by the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, of which the closing ceremony was conducted in Kanazawa, Japan in December 2010.

The 65th Session of the UNGA adopted a resolution which declared the UNDB with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the period 2011-2020, and requested the Secretary–General to lead the coordination of the activities of the Decade with the support of the secretariat of the CBD and other biodiversity-related organizations.

Via its role as the “think-tank” of UN organizations, the United Nations University’s research and outreach activities in the area of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity e.g. Satoyama Initiatives, has been working closely with the secretariat of the CBD and the Japanese government to achieve the objectives of the Convention. In addition, 2011 is designated as the “International Year of Forests”, and “Biodiversity and Forests” was the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2011.

The event is intended to both promote public awareness of the UNDB, and also to support developing countries implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. This event will be held in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, where the closing of the International Year for Biological Diversity was held. The Noto area in Ishikawa is also one of the first areas in Japan to be designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

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Programme (Tentative)

17 December 2011

Commemorative Ceremony
13:00-13:45 Opening Remarks
  • Goshi Hosono, President of COP10, and Minister of the Environment, Japan
  • Masanori Tanimoto, Governor, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations (Written Message)
  • Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, United Nations University
  • Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
  • Akira Takamine, Director-General, Hokuriku Regional Agricultural Administration Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
  • Representative, President of COP11, India
  • Alexander Olbrich, Representative of the President of COP9, and Consul General of German Consulate General of Osaka-Kobe
13:45-14:20 United Nations and International Organizations Commitments
  • Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Public Information, United Nations
  • Tomoko Nishimoto, Director, Division of Regional Cooperation, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Eduardo Mansur, Assistant Director, Reforestation and Forest Management, International Tropical Timber Organization
  • Representative, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
14:20-14:40 Domestic Perspectives
  • Shiro Wakui, Vice-Chairman, Japan Committee for UNDB
  • Masao Iizuka, Chairman, Japan Forestry Association
  • Izumi Washitani, Professor, University of Tokyo
  • Masaru Onishi, President, Japan Airlines
14:40-15:10 Break
Keynote Lecture
15:10-15:40 “On the Intrinsic and Instrumental Values of Biodiversity: An Economist‟s Viewpoint”

Kotaro Suzumura, Professor, Waseda University

Panel Discussion
15:45-17:30 “How We Can Achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets through the UNDB”

Moderator: Takeuchi Kazuhiko, Vice-Rector, United Nations University

Panelists:

  • Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Representative, President of COP11, India
  • Shiro Wakui, Vice-Chairman, Japan Committee for UNDB
  • Masatoshi Sato, Vice-Chairman, Keidannren Committee on Nature Conservation
  • Masahito Yoshida, President, Japan Committee for IUCN
  • Joji Cariño, Team Leader, Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Programme, TEBTEBBA Foundation
  • Comments: Tsunao Watanabe, Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment Japan
Closing
17:30-17:35 Closing

Yukiyoshi Yamano, Mayor, Kanazawa City


Reception (Invitation Only)
18:00-19:30 Reception

18 December 2011

Workshop (Invitation Only)
9:30-18:00    “National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs)”

Commemorative Forum
10:00-10:05 Opening Remarks

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

10:05-10:20 Presentation

Masanori Tanimoto, Governor, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

10:20-10:40 Keynote Speech

Parviz Koohafkan, Director, Land and Water Division, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

10:40-11:50 Panel Discussion“Satoyama, Satoumi with Crested Ibis and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity”

Moderator: Shiro Wakui, Vice-Chairman, Japan Committee for UNDB

Panelists:

  • Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Parviz Koohafkan, Director, Land and Water Division, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Koichiro Takano, Mayor, Sado City
  • Koji Nakamura, Professor and Deputy President, Kanazawa University
  • Ann McDonald, Director, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa
  • Tsunao Watanabe, Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
11:50–12:00 Closing

19 December 2011

Excursion (Invitation Only)
All day Various biodiversity activities within Ishikawa Prefecture will be shown and explained.

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