Mandate for the Global Partnership
The COP 10 decision requested the Secretariat 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” (decision X/21/3a)
, and 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)
This was further reinforced at COP 11 with (decision XI/7/1)
that “Calls upon businesses to continue liaising with national governments, civil society organizations, academia and other stakeholders to formulate relevant actions for biodiversity conservation…”
and (decision XI/7/5a)
that requests that the Executive Secretary to “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”
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 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.
Structure of the Global Partnership
The Global Partnership is essentially a network of networks, linking together the various National and Regional Initiatives such that they can share information and best practices, and cooperate on common projects, so as to encourage mainstreaming of biodiversity concerns by companies.
The National and Regional Initiatives link together businesses, government and other key stakeholders so as to encourage information sharing and the facilitation of greater understanding and action by businesses at the national level. To this end, it is very important that the Global Partnership not be seen as a competitor to the good work that groups dealing with these issues already undertake. Rather, the Partnership should be seen as facilitating greater dialogue and cooperation amongst all groups and thus ensuring that our collective efforts are as complementary and efficient as possible.
This network of networks is illustrated below:
- Each country and region has many different organizations:
- National and Regional Initiatives are created to link together these organizations:
- The Global Partnership links together these various National and Regional Initiatives: