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Preparatory processes and milestones towards COP 13

High-level Segment Preparations

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Items on the agenda of COP 13 will predominantly be prepared by the subsidiary bodies and further background information will be made available on their respective web pages.

This information will be updated as needed.

Last updated on 4 August 2015.

I. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

Item 2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work

Background: The Conference of the Parties will consider the draft provisional agenda and organization of work for its thirteenth meeting which the Executive Secretary prepared in consultation with the Bureau.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/1 - provisional agenda   June 2015
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/1/Add.1 - preliminary annotations to the provisional agenda   June 2015
Posting of revised annotations to the provisional agenda   June 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/1/Add.2 - organization of work   June 2016

Item 6. Date and venue of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties

Background: The Conference of the Parties will have before it, for its consideration, draft recommendations prepared by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation on the date and venue of the fourteenth and fifteenth meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBI 1   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

II. REPORTS

Item 7. Reports of intersessional and regional preparatory meetings

Background: The President will inform the Conference of the Parties of the meetings of subsidiary bodies held during the intersessional period and their reports on the understanding that the substantive issues arising therein will be taken up under the appropriate agenda item.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Posting of WG 8(j) 9 report   December 2015
Posting of SBSTTA 19 report   December 2015
Posting of SBSTTA 20 report   June 2016
Posting of SBI 1 report   June 2016

Item 8. Report of the Executive Secretary on the administration of the Convention and the budget for the Trust Funds of the Convention

Background: The Conference of the Parties will be invited to take note of the report of the Executive Secretary on the administration of the Convention and to adopt a programme budget for the biennium 2017-2018.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Posting of the report of the Executive Secretary on the administration of the Convention   23 October 2016
Posting of pre-session document   23 October 2016

III. STRATEGIC PLAN FOR BIODIVERSITY 2011-2020: ASSESSING PROGRESS AND ENHANCING IMPLEMENTATION

Item 9. Interim review of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and related means of implementation

Background: The Conference of the Parties will consider progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, based on recommendations by SBI and SBSTTA, as appropriate.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on scientific review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and related programmes of work and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (item 3)   29 April 2016
Recommendations by SBI 1 on review of progress towards the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan, including consideration of the advice of SBSTTA 19 and 20 (item 5.1)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 10. Strategic actions to enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity within and across sectors

Background: Taking into account the interim review on progress conducted under item 9, the Conference of the Parties is expected to decide, as appropriate, on further strategic actions to enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity within and across sectors, based on recommendations by SBI and SBSTTA, as appropriate.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 19 on further consideration of the implications of the findings of GBO-4 and related reports, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity across sectors (item 3.1)   5 November 2015
Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on scientific review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and related programmes of work and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (item 3)

Item 11. Resource mobilization and financial mechanism

Background: COP will consider the recommendations by SBI 1 on resource mobilization and the financial mechanism.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBI 1 on resource mobilization (item 8)   6 May 2016
Recommendations by SBI 1 on financial mechanism (item 9)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 12. Other means of implementation: Enhancement of capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and other initiatives to assist implementation

Background: COP will consider the recommendations by SBI 1 related to capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and other initiatives to assist implementation.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBI 1 on ways and means to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including provisions of Article 12 of the Convention related to training and capacity-building for developing countries (item 7)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 13. Cooperation with other conventions and international organizations

Background: COP will consider the recommendations by SBI 1 on cooperation with other conventions and international organizations.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBI 1 on cooperation with other conventions: Enhancing synergies among biodiversity-related conventions (item 10)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

IV. OTHER ITEMS RESULTING FROM THE PROGRAMME OF WORK OF THE CONVENTION

Item 14. Article 8(j) and related provisions: Guidelines for the repatriation of traditional knowledge; guidelines for the development of legislation or other mechanisms; and recommendations from the UNPFII

Background: COP will consider the recommendations by WG 8(j) 9 on guidelines for the repatriation of traditional knowledge; guidelines for the development of legislation or other mechanisms; and recommendations from the UNPFII.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by WG 8(j) 9 on Task 15 of the Multi-Year Programme of Work on the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions: best-practice guidelines for the repatriation of indigenous and traditional knowledge (item 5)   7 November 2015
Recommendations by WG 8(j) 9 on Task 12 of the Multi-Year Programme of Work on the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions (item 4)   7 November 2015
Recommendations by WG 8(j) 9 on recommendations of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (item 6)   7 November 2015
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 15. Marine and coastal biodiversity: Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas; specific work plan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas; addressing impacts of marine debris and anthropogenic underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity; and marine spatial planning and training initiatives

Background: COP will consider the recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on matters related to marine and coastal biodiversity.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on marine and coastal biodiversity (item 4)   29 April 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 16. Invasive alien species: Addressing risks associated with trade; experiences in the use of biological control agents; and decision support tools

Background: COP will consider recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on invasive alien species.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on invasive alien species (item 5)   29 April 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 17. Other scientific and technical issues, including synthetic biology, implications of the IPBES assessment on pollinators, and sustainable wildlife management

Background: COP will consider recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on other scientific and technical issues, including synthetic biology, implications of the IPBES assessment on pollinators, and sustainable wildlife management.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on synthetic biology (item 6)   29 April 2016
Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on review of the IPBES assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production (item 7)   29 April 2016
Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on sustainable wildlife management (item 9)   29 April 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

V. OPERATIONS OF THE CONVENTION

Item 18. Improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention, including integration among the Convention and its Protocols

Background: COP will consider recommendations by SBI 1 on various aspects of improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention, including integration among the Convention and its Protocols.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBI 1 on improving the efficiency of structures and process under the Convention (item 11)   6 May 2016
Recommendations by SBI 1 on a proposal on how to determine the hosting of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties. (item 12.2)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

Item 19. Guidelines for the sixth national reports, modalities for future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and indicators

Background: COP will consider recommendations by SBI 1 and SBSTTA 19 and 20 on guidelines for the sixth national reports, modalities for future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and indicators.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Recommendations by SBSTTA 19 on work of the SBSTTA in light of the 2014-2018 Work Programme of IPBES and relationship with SBI (item 5)   5 November 2015
Recommendations by SBSTTA 19 on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (item 3.4)   5 November 2015
Recommendations by SBSTTA 20 on GBO-5 and guidelines for the sixth national report (item 11)   29 April 2016
Recommendations by SBI 1 on guidelines for the sixth national reports and the online reporting tool (item 11.4)   6 May 2016
Posting of document UNEP/CBD/COP/13/2 - compilation of draft decisions   12 September 2016

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