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5/7Cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives

The Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention,
Reiterating decisions X/20 and XI/6 of the Conference of the Parties,
Welcoming with appreciation the note by the Executive Secretary on cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives 12 and the progress report on the joint programme of work on the links between biological and cultural diversity, 13 the New Strategic Framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its relevance to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 14 and the progress report on the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI): from Formation to Current Practice, 15
Recognizing the substantial work undertaken by the Executive Secretary and the progress achieved in enhancing collaboration between conventions, international organizations and initiatives,
Welcoming the cooperation between the secretariats of the multilateral environmental agreements in areas of joint information management,
Recognizing the importance of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests for the effective implementation of the programme of work on forest biodiversity,
Welcoming the initiative of a revised user’s manual of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development 16 and inviting Parties and other Governments to use it and report on its application to the Executive Secretary,
Aware of the existing gaps in enhancing cooperation and collaboration at the national level,
1.Requests the Executive Secretary, subject to the availability of resources and recalling decisions XI/6, paragraph 17, and XI/28, paragraph 4, to also consider in his report on this work to the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting the following:
(a)Submissions by Parties in response to notification 2013-120 (Ref No. SCBD/OES/OJ/moc/82999);
(b)Recent decisions and resolutions by other biodiversity-related conventions;
(c)Ongoing relevant projects, such as the United Nations Environment Programme’s project on synergies for biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements;
(d)The views of Parties expressed at the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention under the agenda item on cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives;
(e)A report on the cooperative partnership, with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, to promote awareness of, and capacity-building for, ecosystem-based solutions for water resources management;
(f)A progress report on ongoing initiatives, such as the online reporting system and InforMEA, in particular regarding their relationship to the general reporting requirements under the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as other ongoing developments, and the involvement of the Secretariat in these initiatives;
2.Recommends that the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting adopt a decision along the following lines:
The Conference of the Parties
1.Welcomes the efforts by the governing bodies of the biodiversity-related conventions to align their own strategies and plans with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets;
2.Invites the Liaison Group of the biodiversity-related conventions and the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions to take into due consideration the need to optimize monitoring efforts and improve effectiveness through the use of coherent monitoring frameworks and indicator systems;
3.Concerned about the findings and conclusions of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fifth Assessment Report, 17 urges Parties and encourages other Governments, relevant organizations and stakeholders, to take steps to address all biodiversity-related impacts of climate change, strengthen synergies with relevant work under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [and apply advice agreed at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in 2012, on the application of social and environmental safeguards, including biodiversity, to maximize the biodiversity-related benefits of their REDD+ activities;] [and invites Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations to continue and strengthen their efforts to promote the contribution of REDD+ 18 activities to achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity;]
4.Stresses the importance of supporting the objectives of biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements to improve national collaboration, communication and coordination with relevant organizations and processes, and requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with relevant organizations and processes, to further facilitate the necessary capacity-building to support the focal points of the biodiversity-related conventions in this regard;
5.Recognizing the need for an all-encompassing effort by all relevant processes to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, reiterates the importance of a United Nations system-wide approach to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the framework of the United Nations Decade for Biodiversity, 19 welcomes the report of the Environment Management Group on relevant activities of the Issue Management Group on Biodiversity, 20 and invites the United Nations and other organizations to continue their efforts in furthering the integration of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets throughout the United Nations system, in particular through the Environment Management Group and other relevant initiatives;
6.Welcomes the outcomes of the first European conference for the implementation of the joint programme between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Convention on Biological Diversity on the linkages between cultural and biological diversity, including, in particular, the Florence Declaration on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity; 21
7.Stresses that the involvement of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests remains important for the effective implementation of the programme of work on forest biodiversity, and requests the Executive Secretary, as a member of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, within available resources, to engage actively in the work of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, including in the ongoing process of review of the International Arrangement on Forests under the United Nations Forum on Forests with a view to addressing biodiversity-related issues adequately;
8.Also requests the Executive Secretary to further study key capacity-building and awareness-raising needs regarding cooperation with other multilateral environmental agreements at the national level.
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17Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. (available at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2).
18REDD+ is used as a shorthand for "reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries", consistent with paragraph 70 of decision 1/CP.16 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The acronym REDD+ is used for convenience only, without any attempt to pre-empt ongoing or future negotiations under the UNFCCC.
19See General Assembly resolution 65/161.
20United Nations Environment Programme, Advancing the Biodiversity Agenda: A UN System-wide Contribution. A report by the Environment Management Group (EMG/1320/GEN) (UNEP, 2010). Available from http://unemg.org.