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High-Level Segment at COP 12

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

The High-level Segment of COP 12 was organized and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea from 15 to 16 October 2014 at the Alpensia Convention Centre, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea served as the secretariat of the meeting. The meeting was opened by His Excellency Mr. Hongwon Chung, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and presided over by His Excellency, Mr. Seongkyu Yoon, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea.

The theme of the meeting was Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. In addition to the opening and closing plenary sessions held on the morning of 15 October 2014 and afternoon of 16 October 2014, respectively, the meeting was organized in thematic sessions that addressed the themes of Integrating Biodiversity into the Sustainable Development Agenda at National and International Levels and; Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Creative Economy. A special session on Peace and Biodiversity was held on 16 October 2014.

Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

The major outcome of the High-level Segment was the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration that highlights the importance of biodiversity to sustainable development, the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals.

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Programme

Within the sessions, four ministerial panel discussions were held, inviting interventions from the floor, in areas relevant to issues being addressed at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12):

  • Integrating Biodiversity into the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Agenda
  • Integrating NBSAPs into National and Local Development and Poverty Eradication Strategies and Planning Processes
  • Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges
  • Biodiversity and Creative Economy

Programme of the meeting

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Briefing Note and Background to each of the Sessions

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Further information is available on the High-level Segment website of the Government of the Republic of Korea.

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