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Decision COP VIII/6

UNEP/CBD/COP/DEC/VIII/6

Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness:  overview of implementation of the programme of work and options to advance future work

The Conference of the Parties,
Noting with appreciation the review and further development of the programme of work for the Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA), prepared by the Executive Secretary with the support of the CEPA Informal Advisory Committee convened in response to decision VII/24 and, in particular, their efforts to identify a short‑list of priority activities in the CEPA programme of work to serve as the focus for the implementation of the initiative in the short term, and in particular in the upcoming biennium, as well as a plan for the implementation of the identified activities, and drawing from the programme of work for the Global Initiative for CEPA in the annex to decision VI/19 comprising the CEPA dimensions of the ongoing programmes of work of the Convention, 
Operational Active
1. Adopts, for implementation, as appropriate, by Parties and by the Executive Secretary, the short-list of priority activities and the implementation plan for the Global Initiative on CEPA comprising the communication, education and public awareness dimensions of the ongoing programmes of work of the Convention in the thematic areas and cross-cutting issues, including the programme of work for the Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness annexed to decision VI/19; 
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
2. Requests the Executive Secretary, with the support of the Informal Advisory Committee for Communication, Education and Public Awareness, to further develop the goals, targets, actors and tasks for training activities at the International level, to be developed in component 3 of part II of the plan of implementation in annex III to the present decision, to ensure that the elements of this component are carried out in accordance with the established time frame;
Operational Superseded GEF OTHERS
3. Urges the Global Environment Facility and other bilateral and multilateral institutions to make available the necessary financial resources especially for developing countries, particularly the least developed and small island developing States amongst them, and countries with economies in transition, to implement the identified CEPA priority activities at national and regional levels in support of biodiversity strategies and action plans and any other information, education, and communication awareness strategies; 
Operational Active Parties IPLC OTHERS
4. Invites Parties, international organizations and other partners, including representatives of indigenous and local communities and non-governmental organizations to fully participate in, and contribute to, the implementation of the programme of work for communication, education and public awareness, including the short‑list of priority activities identified in annex II below;
Operational Active Parties
5. Further invites Parties to coordinate their CEPA activities with the corresponding activities of other biodiversity-related conventions and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements, at national and regional levels as appropriate; 
Operational Elapsed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
6. Requests the Executive Secretary to enhance communication, education, and public awareness activities on all issues related to the realization of the three objectives of the Convention and in particular the achievement of the 2010 biodiversity target and to explore linkages with other global initiatives that are particularly relevant to the work of CEPA, inter alia, the IUCN Countdown 2010 Initiative, the Millennium Development Goals, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development;
Operational Elapsed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
7. Requests the Executive Secretary to work with other partners, such as the biodiversity-related conventions and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements, in particular through the Biodiversity Liaison Group, in implementing the tasks in the short‑list of priority activities with a view to realizing synergy and avoiding duplication;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
8. Requests the Executive Secretary to ensure adequate support of the Secretariat to the programme of work on communication, education and public awareness;
Operational Active OTHERS
9. Decides to establish the informal advisory committee as a broader expert group on communication, education and public awareness, including representatives from indigenous and local communities, and provide for regular meetings of this group and calls upon donors to provide the necessary funds;  
Operational Elapsed OTHERS
10. Invites the General Assembly at its sixty-first ordinary session to consider adopting the draft resolution on the proclamation of 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity contained in annex I below.
Body
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Meeting
COP-08
Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
20 - 31 March, 2006
Curitiba, Brazil

Decision document
VIII/6
Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness:  overview of implementation of the programme of work and options to advance future work
Documents
http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/RES/61/203
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