Second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-2), 9 - 13 July 2018 - Montreal, Canada

In Decision XII/26, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity established the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26. The first meeting of the SBI was held on 2-6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of: (a) review of progress in implementation; (b) strategic actions to enhance implementation; (c) strengthening means of implementation; and (d) operations of the convention and the Protocols. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties serves as the Bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. The draft modus operandi on the organization and operation of SBI was submitted and approved by SBI at its first meeting, and submitted for the consideration of the Conference of the Parties at its thirteenth meeting. The second meeting of the SBI will consider the following agenda items:

SBI-2 will consider the following agenda items:

  • Review of progress in the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
  • Assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization
  • Mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors and other strategic actions to enhance implementation
  • Global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism (Article 10) of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Specialized international access and benefit-sharing instruments in the context of Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Resource mobilization
  • Financial mechanism
  • Capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer
  • Cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives
  • Mechanisms for review of implementation
  • National reporting, and assessment and review, under the Convention and its Protocols
  • Enhancing integration under the Convention and its Protocols with respect to provisions related to access and benefit-sharing, provisions related to biosafety, and provisions related to Article 8(j)
  • Review of the effectiveness of the processes under the Convention and its Protocols
  • Preparation for the follow up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
  • Allocation of resources and possibilities of engaging the private sector: trust fund for facilitating the participation of Parties in the Convention process.

 

Twenty-second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-22), 2 – 7 July 2018, Montreal, Canada. 

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA is to report regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. Multidisciplinary and open to participation by all Parties, SBSTTA comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; providing assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and responding to questions that the COP may put to the body. SBSTTA has met 21 times to date and produced a total of 223 recommendations to the Conference of the Parties, some of which have been endorsed in full by the latter. Such endorsement makes these recommendations de facto decisions of the Conference of the Parties. Parts of other recommendations have also been endorsed, and many others have been taken up in modified form.

SBSTTA-22 will consider the following agenda items:

  • Digital sequence information on genetic resources
  • Risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms
  • Synthetic biology
  • Updated scientific assessment of progress towards selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets and options for accelerating progress
  • Protected areas and other measures for enhanced conservation and management
  • Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, addressing anthropogenic underwater noise and marine debris, biodiversity in cold-water areas and marine spatial planning
  • Biodiversity and climate change: ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Invasive alien species
  • Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators
  • Second work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.