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Divisions

Office of the Executive Secretary (OES)

The Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat, promoting coherence and cost-effectiveness of its work and ensuring responsiveness to the needs of Parties. The Executive Secretary, assisted by the Deputy Executive Secretary and the Management Committee provides strategic planning and management of the Secretariat to ensure its effectiveness in support of the Parties. The Office of the Executive Secretary ensures effective coordination of the Secretariat’s activities and monitors progress in the implementation of the Secretariat’s work programme, in line with the Medium-term Operational Framework and decisions of the Conference of the Parties and meetings of the Parties. The Office of the Executive Secretary also houses the corporate legal services and ensures the coherence of the concurrent meetings, organization of work and consistency of procedures with the aim of improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of processes and structures under the Convention and the Protocols, It also contains a unit to help integrate reporting across the Convention and the Protocols and focus on improving the monitoring and review of implementation of the Convention.

The Legal and Intergovernmental Unit assists the Executive Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretary in the coordination of agenda of the COP, COP-MOPs and the subsidiary bodies. The Unit ensures the coherence of the concurrent meetings, organization of work and consistency of procedures with the aim of improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of processes and structures under the Convention and the Protocols in achieving full integration. The Unit also ensures legal consistency across the Secretariat and provides legal advice to all staff in their work.

The Monitoring, Review and Reporting Unit is responsible for all work that has been formulated under functional objective 5.1 and 5.2 of the Secretariat, inter alia, the organization, management, analysis and communication of information from NBSAPs and national reports and the review of scientific information and indicators to review progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The responsibilities of the Unit include (a) facilitating the work of Parties on planning, monitoring and reporting; (b) facilitating the scientific review of progress in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; (c) organizing and manage information provided by Parties through official submissions; (d) analysing the information provided by Parties; (e) communicating the information and analyses of information provided by Parties; and (f) engaging with other processes and partners on monitoring and assessment.

The Secretariat Support Unit supports the Executive Secretary in coordinating the external Secretariat activities and acts as the communication channel between the office of the Executive Secretary and the Parties, relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, major groups and inter-agency processes as well as the Divisions of the Secretariat.

Administration, Finance and Conference Services Division

The Administration, Finance and Conference Services Division provides fund management, financial services and logistics support and administrative and human resources support for the Secretariat of the Convention and its Protocols, within the United Nations rules and regulations and under the guidance of Parties. It comprises the Finance Unit, the Administration and Human Resources Unit, and the Conference Services Unit.

Scientific and Policy Support Division (SPS)

The Scientific and Policy Support Division (SPS) provides support for the Convention and its Protocols through (a) provision of scientific and technical analyses to facilitate decision-making and implementation; (b) provision of support for the implementation of the Protocols; (c) integrating ABS, biosafety traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use in the work of the Convention; and (d) provision of inputs to Secretariat-wide integrated processes.

The Scientific and Policy Support Division is comprised of the Conservation and Sustainable Use Unit, the Access and Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge Unit and the Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit.

The Conservation and Sustainable Use Unit develops and coordinates scientific and technical inputs and analyses to support Parties, stakeholders, relevant inter-governmental processes and partner organizations for decision-making and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity through its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

The Access and Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge Unit promotes and supports ratification of the Nagoya Protocol by all CBD Parties and provides support to Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant stakeholders in implementing access and benefit-sharing and the Nagoya Protocol, as well as Article 8 (j) and related provisions of the Convention.

The Biosafety and Biosecurity Unit provides support to Parties, relevant stakeholders and indigenous peoples and local communities in implementing the programmes of work on biosafety, invasive alien species and synthetic biology and related provisions under the Convention, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.

Mainstreaming, Cooperation and Outreach Support Division (MCOS)

The Mainstreaming, Cooperation and Outreach Support Division (MCOS) provides support for the Convention and its Protocols by (a) coordinating the Secretariat’s work on mainstreaming of biodiversity, (b) providing policy and technical expertise on cross-cutting mainstreaming issues, (c) coordinating the collaboration of the Secretariat with partners in support of the Convention and its Protocols, and (d) carrying out and coordinating the Secretariat’s communications and outreach activities. It includes the Secretariat’s work related to economics and resource mobilization as well as the financial mechanism for the Convention.

The Mainstreaming, Cooperation and Outreach Support Division is comprised of the Partnerships and Cooperation Unit, the Communications and Outreach Unit and the Economic Policy and Resource Mobilization Unit.

The Partnerships and Cooperation Unit facilitates coordination and cooperation with all relevant international intergovernmental processes and bodies, key actors and partners, and stakeholder’s organizations to support implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

The Communications and Outreach Unit coordinates the work of the Secretariat with respect to all communications and outreach activities, including support of Parties in their efforts to implement Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 and the Convention and its Protocols.

The Economic Policy and Resource Mobilization Unit provides implementation support on the financial, economic, business engagement, and trade-related aspects under the Convention and its Protocols.

Implementation Support Division

The Implementation Support Division provides support to Parties in the implementation and review of the Convention and its Protocols by (a) facilitating the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of the Secretariat’s capacity-building activities (b) catalysing and supporting technical and scientific cooperation among Parties (c) supporting the clearing-house mechanisms to advance knowledge management for the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols (d) facilitating and servicing meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and other relevant intergovernmental processes; (e) managing the ICT services in the secretariat and (f) providing inputs to Secretariat-wide integrated processes to support the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

The Implementation Support Division is comprised of the Capacity Development Unit, the Clearing-House Mechanism Unit and the Information Technology Unit.

The Capacity Development Unit coordinates, facilitates and supports the planning, delivery, monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up of the Secretariat’s capacity-building support and catalyses technical and scientific cooperation among Parties for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, in accordance with relevant decisions of the COP and COP-MOPs.

The Clearing-House Mechanism Unit provides support to achieve the mission, goals and objectives of the Clearing-House Mechanism for the period 2011-2020, as adopted by decision X/15.

The Information Technology Unit develops, implements, monitors and reports on the Information and Communications Technology work plan based on priorities agreed by the management.

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