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SBSTTA 11 Recommendation XI/3

Second Global Biodiversity Outlook

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice

1. Welcomes the draft second Global Biodiversity Outlook, including its draft executive summary;

2. Expresses its gratitude to the Governments of the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Community for their financial support towards the preparation of the second Global Biodiversity Outlook;

3. Invites the Executive Secretary to take into account the comments provided through the peer-review, as well as those made individually by delegations during the eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, when finalizing the second Global Biodiversity Outlook, including its executive summary, for publication prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;

4. Recalling recommendation X/6, emphasizes that:

(a) The Global Biodiversity Outlook should address the three objectives of the Convention in a balanced way;

(b) Further work on the Global Biodiversity Outlook should enable a critical evaluation of the indicators (identified in decision VII/30 and refined in recommendation X/5), and their usefulness for assessing and communicating progress towards the 2010 target;

(c) The communication and outreach strategy for the second Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide for:

(i) An executive summary in all United Nations languages, targeted at decision makers;

(ii) Popular brochures to convey key messages to a general audience and to key stakeholder groups such as the private sector;

(iii) A launch event at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;

(iv) A promotional campaign, including web-based dissemination;

5. Invites the Executive Secretary to continue to collaborate with the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and other relevant organizations with a view to elaborating a short list of concrete scenarios and response options to meet the 2010 target, to help communicate the challenges revealed by the Global Biodiversity Outlook for achievement of the 2010 target, and to make arrangements for further analysis of scenarios, on a periodic basis;

6. Recalling recommendation 1/9 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, requests that the Executive Secretary, in the preparation of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, take into consideration the lessons learned from the use of national reports and indicators for the goals and targets, as elaborated decisionVII/30, in the second edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook;

7. Recommends that the Conference of the Parties:

(a) Encourage Parties, other Governments, and relevant international organizations to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the document, including by translating the document into local languages and making the translated text readily available.

(b) Invite the United Nations Environment Programme to use relevant parts of the Global Biodiversity Outlook in the further editions of the Global Environment Outlook, and request the Executive Secretary to make available the information and analyses used in the second edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook as an input to fourth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO).

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme