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The Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity

The Global Partnership stemmed from decisions taken at COP 10 and COP 11, and is a concrete signal by the global community of its increasing understanding that business needs to play a critical role in addressing the serious environmental problems facing us, including the loss of biodiversity. The CBD Secretariat, along with various partners, has been endeavoring to:

“encourage establishment of the national and regional business and biodiversity initiatives by facilitating a forum of dialogue among Parties and other Governments, business, and other stakeholders, with a particular focus on the global level” as requested by Parties at COP 10 (decision X/21/3a). In addition COP 10 invited Parties: “To support the establishment of national and regional business and biodiversity initiatives and to strive towards a global partnership on business and biodiversity by inviting ongoing initiatives and other interested stakeholders to be part of the business and biodiversity initiative…” (decision X/21/1d).

These decisions were further reinforced at COP 11 with a decision that “Calls upon businesses to continue liaising with national governments, civil society organizations, academia and other stakeholders to formulate relevant actions for biodiversity conservation…” (decision XI/7/1). In addition, the COP 11 decision requests that the Executive Secretary “Continue to facilitate dialogue among business, government and other stakeholders through ongoing support for national, regional and international business and biodiversity initiatives, using the Global Partnership as a framework” (decision XI/7/5a).


The overall mandate of the national initiatives is to encourage dialogue amongst stakeholders and to help raise awareness of biodiversity and sustainability issues amongst the business community. They should also work to assist companies in understanding and mainstreaming the goals of the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (including the 20 Aichi Targets). The objective of these efforts, taken in conjunction with those of partner organizations, is to have a significant number of companies that will be on a sustainable ecological footing with a vastly reduced negative impact upon biodiversity (or even a net-positive impact) and that they will also act as a positive influence upon other firms throughout the economy . In order to achieve this, it will be important to target efforts where they will be maximally beneficial while simultaneously leveraging and synergizing the work being undertaken by other partner organizations.


  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme