This decision has been retired.
Medium-term programme of work for 1996-1997
The Conference of the Parties
Recalling decision II/18 of the Conference of the Parties in which the
Conference of the Parties adopted its medium-term work programme for the
Recalling also that decision II/18 provides for the review of the
medium-term programme of work for the biennium 1996-1997, particularly the
review of the operations of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary
organs as well as the overall review and consideration of a long-term
programme of work,
1. Recognizes that it may be necessary for the Executive Secretary,
with the guidance of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties, to adjust
further the servicing of the programme of work in the light of the resources
available to the Secretariat;
2. Invites Parties, participants and other relevant institutions to
submit by 31 March 1997 their views to the Executive Secretary on:
(a) The operations of the Conference of the Parties;
(b) The overall review of the medium-term programme of work for
(c) A longer-term programme of work;
3. Requests the Executive Secretary to submit a synthesis of these
views to the Conference of the Parties for consideration at its fourth
4. Welcomes offers to contribute to efforts to facilitate the review
5. Takes note of the provisional agenda for the fourth meeting of
the Conference of the Parties, contained in Annex I of document
6. Takes note of the draft provisional agenda of the third meeting
of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice,
contained in recommendation II/12 of the second meeting of the Subsidiary
Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, in document
7. Requests the bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,
Technical and Technological Advice to focus the agenda of the third meeting
of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, in
line with the comments given at the third meeting of the Conference of the
Parties on the work of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and
Technological Advice, and to submit it to the Parties sufficiently in advance
of the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and
MEDIUM-TERM PROGRAMME OF WORK OF THE CONFERENCE
OF THE PARTIES 1996-1997
1. The medium-term programme of work will be constructed on the basis of
standing and rolling issues.
2. Standing items will include, inter alia:
2.1 Matters relating to the financial mechanism, including a report from
the interim institutional structure entrusted with its operation;
2.2 Report from the Secretariat on the administration of the Convention
and budget for the Secretariat;
2.3 Report from, instructions to and consideration of recommendations from
the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice;
2.4 Reports by Parties on the implementation of the Convention;
2.5 Report on the assessment and review of the operation of the
2.6 Relationship of the Convention on Biological Diversity with the
Commission on Sustainable Development and biodiversity-related
conventions, other international agreements, institutions and
processes of relevance.
3. The other issues and derived activities necessary to implement the
Convention should be dealt with on a year-by-year agenda, on the
understanding that these relevant rotating issues will be developed
and continually dealt with in accordance with the decisions of the
Conference of the Parties by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,
Technical and Technological Advice and any eventual working groups
appointed by the Conference of the Parties. The year-by-year agenda
has to be flexible.
4. Treatment of the items on the programme of work should also reflect
the importance of capacity-building as one of the elements of
successful Convention implementation. The programme of work should
always reflect a balance among the Convention's objectives, as set
forth in Article 1.
5. In 1996, the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties may
continue to consider pending issues of the 1995 programme of work.
6. The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties may consider,
inter alia, the following items in 1996:
6.1 General measures for conservation and sustainable use:
6.1.1 Implementation of Articles 6 and 8.
6.2 Identification, monitoring and assessment:
6.2.1 To consider options for implementing Article 7;
6.2.2 Appraisal of the SBSTTA review of assessment of biological diversity
for the implementation of Article 25 (2) (a) and advice on
methodologies for future assessments.
6.3 Conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biological diversity:
6.3.1 To consider agricultural biological diversity within the context of
the Convention's three objectives and its provisions;
6.3.2 To consider a report on progress under the FAO Global System for the
Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and
6.4 Consideration of the future programme of work for terrestrial
biological diversity in the light of the outcome of deliberations of
the third session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in
6.5 Knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local
6.5.1 Implementation of Article 8 (j).
6.6 Access to genetic resources:
6.6.1 To consider the compilation of views of Parties on possible options
for developing national legislative, administrative or policy
measures, as appropriate, to implement Article 15.
6.7 Issues related to technology:
6.7.1 To consider ways to promote and facilitate access to and transfer and
development of technology, as envisaged by Articles 16 and 18 of the
6.8 Incentive measures:
6.8.1 To consider the compilation of information and experiences shared on
the implementation of Article 11.
6.9 Special session of the General Assembly to review implementation of
6.9.1 To provide a report from the perspective of the Convention's three
6.10 Issues related to biosafety:
6.10.1 To consider the first report of the ad hoc working group on biosafety.
7. In 1997, the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties may
consider, inter alia, the following items:
7.1 Review of the medium-term programme of work (1995-1997):
7.1.1 To review the operations of the Conference of the Parties and
7.1.2 To undertake an overall review and consider a longer-term programme of
7.2 Models and mechanisms for linkages between in situ and ex situ
7.2.1 To generate options of models and linkage.
7.3 Measures for implementing the Convention:
7.3.1 To provide information and share experiences on the implementation of
7.3.2 To provide information and share experiences on the implementation of
7.3.3 Consideration of biodiversity under threat.
7.4 Consideration of matters related to benefit-sharing:
7.4.1 To consider measures to promote and advance the distribution of
benefits from biotechnology in accordance with Article 19;
7.4.2 To be considered in the light of the outcome of item 6.7.1 above.
7.5 Technical and scientific cooperation.
7.6 Terrestrial biological diversity:
7.6.1 To assess the status and trends of the biodiversity of inland water
ecosystems and identify options for conservation and sustainable use.
1. As contained in the annex to decision II/18 (UNEP/CBD/COP/2/19