CEBioS participation in the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico
From 2 to 17 December 2016, during the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico, the world met to take the steps needed to build a future of life in harmony with nature. 2 CEBioS members, Han de Koeijer and M-L Susini Ondafe, were part of the Belgian delegation at the conference. They followed agenda items relevant to biodiversity and development such as capacity-building, sustainable use of wildlife, technology transfer and others.
The UN conference provided a critical opportunity for countries to address strategic actions to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and promoted the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity targets. The conference focused on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and tourism, to contribute to the sustainable development goals, climate action, food security and other human development goals.
Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development :
- Pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity made by Business; Cities and Subnational Authorities, IPLCs and Youth;
- Capacity-building strategy agreed for the Convention and its Protocols;
- Protected areas on the land and in the oceans and seas, expanding considerably, with Mexico increasing marine protection to 23 per cent;
- Marine agenda advances with work on marine debris, underwater noise and spatial planning;
- Decisions made on Climate-related Geoengineering, synthetic biology and others.
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