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COP 6 Decision VI/20
Retired sections: paragraphs 2-3, 14-18, 28, 31 and 37.

Cooperation with other organizations, initiatives and conventions

    Cooperation with various international organizations, initiatives and other conventions

The Conference of the Parties

  1. Reaffirms the importance of cooperation and the need to design and implement mutually supportive activities with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives, as specified under this and other decisions;
  2. Welcomes the further contribution that the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global International Waters Assessment, the Forest Resources Assessment 2000, the report on the State of the World's Plant and Animal Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Water Assessment Programme and the IUCN Red List assessment have made to the work of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Convention;
  3. Invites those conducting these assessments to keep the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice informed of their work, and further invites them to report to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its eighth and ninth meetings;
  4. Welcomes the work of the United Nations Environment Programme on the harmonization of environmental reporting and encourages its continuation, whilst recognizing the need to ensure that this does not affect the ability of the Conference of the Parties to adjust national reporting procedures under the Convention in order to better meet the needs of Parties;
  5. Recognizes the importance of collaboration with the United Nations Forum on Forests on issues related to forest biological diversity and encourages practical cooperation at the level of the respective secretariats;
  6. Recognizes the need to establish cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, in particular on matters relevant to Article 8(j) and related provisions;
  7. Invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to continue its close working relationships with the Executive Secretary and to extend its cooperation on those relevant areas identified in the decisions of the current meeting under the item on agricultural biological diversity, in particular on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture;
  8. Urges Parties to take steps to harmonize policies and programmes, at the national level, among the various multilateral environmental agreements and relevant regional initiatives, with a view to optimising policy coherence, synergies and efficiency in their implementation, at the national, regional and international levels;

    Cooperation with the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Convention to Combat Desertification

  9. Welcomes the activities being undertaken with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including its Kyoto Protocol, and requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Executive Secretary to continue to cooperate with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including its Kyoto Protocol, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on relevant issues such as dry and sub-humid lands, agricultural biological diversity, forest biological diversity, marine and coastal biological diversity, especially coral reefs, and incentive measures and impacts of measures envisaged under the Kyoto Protocol with a view to maximizing synergies between these processes;
  10. Recognizes that there is a need to take immediate actions under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the biological diversity of coral reefs and their associated socio-economic effects;
  11. Welcomes the conclusions of the sixth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change regarding cooperation among the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity;
  12. Welcomes further the establishment of the joint liaison group among the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity and urges the joint liaison group to become fully operational in order to facilitate cooperation between the conventions both at national and international levels;
  13. Takes note of the terms of reference of the joint liaison group of the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the proposed programme of work agreed upon at the fifteenth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and encourages further coordinated work, especially on issues relating to the national level;
  14. Invites Parties to provide views to the Executive Secretary on the need for further enhanced cooperation between the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity, including suggestions for specific actions by 30 May 2002;

    Cooperation with the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)

  15. Welcomes and endorses the third joint work plan (2002-2006) between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)(39);
  16. Notes that the third joint work plan includes a range of cooperative actions in relation to several ecosystem themes and cross-cutting issues of the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as proposing actions to harmonize institutional processes, and requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Executive Secretary to take these actions fully into consideration in furthering the respective programmes of work for these areas;

    Cooperation with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

  17. Welcomes and endorses the joint work programme between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals(40);
  18. Notes that the joint work programme between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Migratory Species includes a range of cooperative actions in relation to several ecosystem themes and cross-cutting issues of the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as proposing actions to harmonize institutional processes, and requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Executive Secretary to take these actions fully into consideration in furthering the respective programmes of work for these areas;
  19. Recognizes migratory species as a unique globally important component of biological diversity under the Convention on Migratory Species, and further recognizes that the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species need to be undertaken in their migratory range and through cooperative actions.;
  20. Invites the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species and Parties to that Convention, to compile and disseminate through the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity case-studies on migratory species and their habitats, relevant to thematic areas and cross-cutting issues under the Convention on Biological Diversity;
  21. Invites the Executive Secretary to generate, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species and relevant organizations, guidance for the integration of migratory species into the national biodiversity strategies and action plans and ongoing and future programmes of work under the Convention on Biological Diversity;
  22. Urges Parties to report through their national reports on the extent to which they address migratory species at the national level, and on their cooperation with other range States;
  23. Recognizes the Convention on Migratory Species as the lead partner in conserving and sustainably using migratory species over their entire range and also recognizes that the Convention on Migratory Species provides an international legal framework through which range States can cooperate on migratory species issues;

    Cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

  24. Invites the secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the Convention on Biological Diversity to continue to cooperate and coordinate activities with a view to facilitating the exchange of relevant information and experience and enhancing synergies in areas of mutual interest;

    Cooperation with the World Trade Organization

  25. Reaffirms the need to promoting increased mutual supportiveness of trade and environment agreements in achieving sustainable development, as stressed in decision IV/15 of the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and reiterated in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Doha Ministerial Declaration of the World Trade Organization adopted on 14 November 2001;
  26. Notes the Doha Ministerial Declaration, which welcomes a continued cooperation by the World Trade Organization with United Nations Environment Programme and other intergovernmental environmental organizations, and encourages efforts to promote cooperation between the World Trade Organization and relevant international environmental and developmental organizations;
  27. Recognizes the importance of cooperation with the World Trade Organization with regard to matters that are relevant to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and in preparing for the implementation of the Protocol, emphasizes the need to ensure mutual supportiveness with the relevant agreements under the World Trade Organization, in particular with the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, with a view to achieving sustainable development;
  28. Welcomes the practice established between the Executive Secretary and the World Trade Organization to exchange information regarding developments under the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;
  29. Requests the Executive Secretary to apply to the World Trade Organization for an observer status and to represent the Convention on Biological Diversity in the meetings of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade;
  30. Further requests the Executive Secretary to renew the application to the World Trade Organization for observer status in the Council for the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights;

    Cooperation with the International Plant Protection Convention

  31. Welcomes the recommendations of the Open-ended Working Group of the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures on Specifications for an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures on Living Modified Organisms, in particular to include expertise on the provisions and implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and on the requirement for consistency with the Protocol;
  32. Requests the Executive Secretary to continue to maintain close cooperation with the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures of the International Plant Protection Convention as regards the development of standards for plant pest risk analysis involving living modified organisms;
  33. Encourages Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Governments participating in the International Plant Protection Convention process to include experts on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on Biological Diversity in their delegations to meetings under the International Plant Protection Convention;
  34. Urges the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures to ensure that the international standards to be developed for the purpose of phytosanitary measures regarding living modified organisms are in harmony with the objective and all relevant requirements of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;

    Cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization

  35. Recognizes the leading role of the Convention on Biological Diversity in international biological diversity issues and the role of the World Intellectual Property Organization as the lead specialized agency to address intellectual property rights, and emphasizes continued cooperation between the Convention and the Organization;
  36. Encourages the Executive Secretary to pursue, in accordance with paragraph 17 of decision IV/9, the Memorandum of Understanding between the secretariat of the Convention and the World Intellectual Property Organization with a view to enhancing cooperation between the Convention and the Organization on intellectual property issues arising from the implementation of the Convention such as those in access and benefit-sharing and Article 8(j) and related provisions;
  37. Invites the World Intellectual Property Organization to address, as a matter priority, the invitation extended to it under paragraph 4 of its decision VI/24 C, on the role of intellectual property rights in the implementation of access and benefit-sharing arrangements;
  38. Encourages the World Intellectual Property Organization to take into account the objectives and principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity when dealing with issues related to access and benefit-sharing and traditional knowledge;
  39. Invites the World Intellectual Property Organization to further strengthen the complementarity of its work programme with that of the Convention on intellectual property issues arising from access and benefit-sharing and Article 8(j) and related provisions and to provide appropriate information on these issues with a view to enhancing mutual supportiveness in the relevant work programmes that fall within the respective mandates of the Convention and the Organization.

(39) UNEP/CBD/COP/6/INF/14.
(40) UNEP/CBD/COP/6/INF/15.

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