The Conference of the Parties,
Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Recalling the provisions of Article 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its decisions IV/10 B, paragraph 6, and V/17,
Taking note of the information provided by the Executive Secretary with regard to biodiversity education and public awareness, /
Noting with appreciation the work done by the Consultative Working Group of Experts convened according to decision V/17,
Recognizing that communication, education and public awareness are essential elements for the successful and effective implementation of the Convention,
Further recognizing the central role of communication, education and public awareness in the implementation of the Strategic Plan,
Emphasizing that communication and education are two distinct yet complementary disciplines,
Noting that key actors in the implementation of the Convention need effective instruments on communication, education and public awareness to engage major stakeholders and to convey the appropriate messages to mainstream biodiversity,
Recognizing the complementary nature of a global initiative on education and public awareness and the corporate communication of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity,
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PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS (CEPA)
It is recognized that:
PROGRAMME ELEMENT 1
Towards a global communication, education and public awareness network
Parties, coordinators of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, educators, communicators, non-governmental organizations and governmental implementing agencies.
1. The communication, education and public awareness global network for networking is operational and linked to the clearing-house mechanism;
2. Lists of networks and contact addresses, available on the Internet and on CD-ROMs;
3. Enhanced communication and knowledge exchange nationally and regionally;
Secretariat of the Convention, in cooperation with IUCN-the World Conservation Union.
Parties, UNESCO, UNEP, the IUCN Commission for Education and Communication, the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).
Phase 1: $250,000 first year; $100,000 each subsequent year;
Phase 2: Establish phase 2 budget as part of the review process by the Conference of the Parties at its seventh meeting.
PROGRAMME ELEMENT 2
Exchange of knowledge and expertise
Parties, coordinators of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, governmental implementing agencies, educators, communicators, non-governmental organizations.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in cooperation with UNESCO and IUCN.
Parties, UNEP, IUBS.
$400,000 per annum ($1.2 million total).
PROGRAMME ELEMENT 3
Capacity-building for communication, education and public awareness
Parties, coordinators of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, educators, communicators, non-governmental organizations, governmental implementing agencies.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the cooperation of UNEP, UNESCO, UNDP, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), IUCN and WWF.
$300,000 per annum ($900,000 total).