Capacity Building

The term capacity-building is defined by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) as the process whereby people, organisations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain the ability to manage their affairs over time. Any intervention or activity purposely designed to contribute to the development or strengthening of the capabilities of people, institutions and systems is considered to be capacity-building.

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, have identified capacity-building as a priority for the effective implementation of these three instruments, as well as the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The Secretariat has adopted a strategic, integrated and results-oriented approach to capacity-building in accordance with decision XIII/23 of the Conference of the Parties (COP). Under this approach, it is recognized that the choice of tools and methodologies for delivering capacity-building varies according to the needs and contexts of the target audience, and that the involvement of partner organizations and stakeholders is crucial to the success of any capacity-building intervention.

The main role of the CBD Secretariat is coordinating and facilitating capacity-building support to Parties for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, in accordance with relevant COP and COP-MOP decisions.

Short-Term Action Plan for Capacity-Building

The Conference of the Parties in decision XIII/23 recognized the need for an integrated and coherent approach to capacity-building and adopted a Short-Term Action Plan (2017-2020) to Enhance and Support Capacity-Building for the Implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. A progress report on the implementation of the Short-Term Action Plan (2017-2020) was prepared and considered at COP 14 in November 2018.

Decision XIII/23 and decision 14/24 also requested the Executive Secretary to:


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