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Biodiversity for Development

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development   The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by the 193 States Members of the United Nations, sets out an ambitious framework of universal goals and targets to address a range of global societal challenges.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services contribute directly to human well-being and development priorities. Nearly half of the world’s population is directly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods. Many of the most vulnerable people depend directly on biodiversity to fulfil their daily subsistence needs. Biodiversity is also at the centre of many economic activities, including those related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism. The importance of biodiversity and ecosystems is reflected in many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. Read more >

Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development   Biodiversity and sustainable development are inextricably linked. Biodiversity and ecosystem services form the foundation of the Earth’s life support systems, and underpin human lives and wellbeing.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is scheduled to be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, sets forth an ambitious set of universal goals and targets to tackle the challenges facing the world today. Implementing the 2030 Agenda in a way that integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions will be crucial in ensuring that the purpose of the new development agenda is realized. Read more >

Past Events & Archives

Eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

3-7 February 2014, United Nations Headquarters, New York

The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference, holds its eighth session on specific issue areas from 3-7 February 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. On 3-4 February, the session covers oceans and seas, forests and biodiversity.

The session provides a very important opportunity to highlight that biodiversity is essential for achieving sustainable development, including such global priorities as poverty eradication.

Webcast   3 February 2014
Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias addressed the session as a panelist. His remarks can be viewed via webcast.

The Biodiversity Issues Brief, prepared in collaboration with UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, FAO and others, is the official background document for this panel. It is available in the 6 UN languages: العربية - En - Es - Fr - Ру - 中文

The Secretariat is also participating in two side events:

  • 3 February 2014, 1:15pm-2:30pm - Why biodiversity is essential for social and economic aspects of sustainable development: Perspectives and country experiences from developing and developed countries
    The event is co-organized by the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Government of Japan and IUCN, in collaboration with UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, FAO, UNESCO and ICLEI. It will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7. More details can be found here.

  • 5 February 2014, 1:15pm-2:30pm - Sustainability at the intersection of trade, environment and development
    The event is co-organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, North Lawn Building, Room E.

Related to this meeting, and sustainable development in general, the Secretariat has prepared the following documents:


COP 11
Nature Protects if She is Protected

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Hyderabad, India
October 8th - 19th, 2012

International Day for Biological Diversity 2010

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Theme of the International Day in 2010: Biodiversity for Development and Poverty Alleviation

Contributing to poverty reduction and development

Biodiversity is crucial to the reduction of poverty, due to the basic goods and ecosystem services it provides. They include the provision of food, fiber and medicine, soil formation, air quality and climate regulation, the regulation of water supply and quality and the cultural and aesthetic value of certain plants and species.

Biodiversity is also integral to key development sectors such as agriculture and livestock, forestry, and fishing or tourism. More than 1.3 billion people depend on biodiversity and on basic ecosystems goods and services for their livelihoods (availability of usable land, water, plant and animal species).

For millennia, mankind’s use of biodiversity and ecosystem services has contributed to human well being and economic development.

The aims of development do not stop at poverty reduction; environmental sustainability is also a fundamental development objective. Biodiversity and development are closely linked: biodiversity sustains development, and development has an impact on biodiversity, either positive or negative. Although biodiversity does not contribute directly to all sectors of development, sustainable development cannot be achieved if biodiversity is compromised by development efforts.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fully integrate the 2010 Biodiversity Target set in 2002 by the Convention on Biological Diversity to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss. Even if goal 7 is most specifically focused on biodiversity related issues, biodiversity is important to the achievement of all eight MDG goals, and is essential to the fulfillment of this international commitment by the year 2015.

Since the poor are particularly dependent on the goods and services supplied by biodiversity, development strategies that ignore their protection undermine poverty alleviation and are therefore counterproductive. For this reason, it is crucial for development and poverty alleviation strategies and programs to prioritize biodiversity.

Biodiversity for Development at the Secretariat

Following the “Message from Paris” (PDF), adopted by the Conference on Biodiversity in European Development Cooperation held in Paris in November 2006, calling for the support of biodiversity mainstreaming in partner countries and the improvement of governance for both poverty reduction and the sustainable use of biodiversity, the CBD Secretariat established the Biodiversity for Development Initiative.

Supported by the French and the German governments, the initiative was officially launched during the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Its objective is to improve the integration of the three objectives of the Convention into development processes in keeping the spirit of Article 6 (b) of the Convention.

The initiative works in close partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure that biodiversity conservation and sustainable use are integral to national and regional economic and social development policies, legal frameworks, development plans and implementation systems.

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