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CBD COP 12 BUSINESS AND BIODIVERSITY FORUM

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The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) will take place on 6 - 17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The Secretariat, in conjunction with the Government of Korea (and other partners) is planning an extensive programme of business-related activities.

For the WGRI 5 business engagement working document please see here: (UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/10). The accompanying information document can be found here: (UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/INF/15).

The WGRI 5 draft recommendations for business engagement can be found here: (http://www.cbd.int/wgri5/in-session/) -- see item 12.

For information on the Interactive Fair on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development at COP 12 please see the following link: http://cbdcop12.kr/eng/reference/CBD-COP12_Exhibition_Manual_v140613.pdf.

For the application forms, please see here: http://www.cbdcop12.kr/eng/sub/program/program05.php.


Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Innovative Opportunities for Business

(Pyeongchang, Korea, 12-14 October, 2014)


Location: COP Conference Venue


Summary

This will be a 3 day series of business engagement events, including a High Level Segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and several media/launch events. The overall theme of the business forum will be “Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Innovative Opportunities for Business” which will look at practical methods for businesses to play a role in the overall objectives of the Convention and the Strategic Plan 2011-2020. Day 1 will be dedicated to several parallel events aimed at different business stakeholder groups (i.e. biotrade, tourism, commodities, the Global Partnership). Day 2 and 3 will focus on an exchange of creative practices aimed at showing how businesses can contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi targets, including through mainstreaming biodiversity into business practices.

The events of the forum will demonstrate economic opportunities related to biodiversity for business as well as look at different aspects of the challenges that face companies. In particular, these events should help and encourage businesses in understanding how to better engage with, and implement, biodiversity-related initiatives. The events should further encourage governments and other stakeholders to create the correct enabling conditions to facilitate these opportunities.

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(please note all times still to be confirmed and may be subject to change)


Please select day for descriptions of activities. Detailed agendas for each element of the business forum will be posted in the coming weeks: DAY 1; DAYS 2 & 3

Registration Information

The following outlines this process:

Consistent with Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedure for meetings of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) (also applicable to its subsidiary bodies) concerning bodies or agencies wishing to be represented as observers in the meetings of the COP and its subsidiary bodies, business entities are kindly requested to please submit an official letter of nomination to the COP 12 meeting to the attention of the Executive Secretary.

The letter should be signed by the Chief Executive or President of the organization, and must indicate the names, titles and contact details (including e-mail address) of the delegates to the meeting. It may be sent as a scanned attachment to: secretariat@cbd.int. The official letter of nomination must be received as soon as possible, but no later than 15 September 2014. Most organizations that regularly attend CBD meetings will also have received a unique link allowing the focal point of the organization to register participants online before submitting the letter of nomination to the Secretariat.

Organizations that have never been accredited for a CBD meeting, must also submit the following supplemental information with their letter of nomination:
(1) A specific and clear request for the business entity to be represented – at its own expense - as an observer to a particular CBD meeting;
(2) A statement demonstrating the business entity’s qualifications in fields relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity;
(3) A website address;
(4) Any other relevant information.

Please note that individuals without an institutional affiliation cannot be admitted as observers to the CBD meetings. The CBD Secretariat would also like to inform you that if the relevance in the fields of biodiversity conservation of your organization cannot be proven, there will be no possibility to attend the meeting in Korea.

We thank you for your interest in the work of the Convention and we would like to suggest that you do not hesitate to contact the CBD Team should you need more information, at the following contact details: e-mail; secretariat@cbd.int or by fax: 514-288-6588. The information note for participants posted on our website also contains valuable details about the COP12 meeting (http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=COP-12).

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