Parallel meetings and special events

High Level Ministerial Segment (HLS)

2-3 December 2016 - The High Level Ministerial Segment, hosted by the Government of Mexico and organized in consultation with the Bureau of the COP and the Executive Secretary of the CBD, sets the scene to provide the necessary political impetus to make progress on specific issues as well as to discuss challenges and opportunities. In addition to the Ministers responsible for issues relating to the CBD, the high level segment benefits from the participation of Ministers from other sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, as well as other guests. Participation to this event is by invitation only.

Parallel Meetings and Special Events

Date Event Description
28-30 Nov Civil Society and Youth Alliances for Biodiversity Mainstreaming to Wellbeing The forum provides a space to understand how NGOs are developing alliances for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. It also promotes the development of youth talent on biodiversity conservation and management. The forum is open to NGOs that might wish to involve themselves around COP issues. More details

1-2 Dec 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum The forum serves as a meeting place to share knowledge, approaches and initiatives for mainstreaming biodiversity among scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders specifically influencing sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism. More details

2-3 Dec 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum The Forum focuses on the mainstreaming of biodiversity within productive sectors, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, as well as in cross-sectoral policies such as development and economic planning processes. Other important issues relevant for businesses that are addressed include natural capital accounting and financing, examining the links between climate change and biodiversity, and supply chain policies.

The Forum is organized in two working days, each starting with a plenary session followed by several parallel panel discussions. More information and registration:

4-17 Dec Rio Conventions Pavilion The Rio Conventions Pavilion provides opportunities for Parties and organizations to highlight activities linking biodiversity, land management, and climate change, especially at national and sub-national levels. Among other things, the Rio Conventions Pavilion provides an opportunity to highlight how ecosystem-based approaches are successfully being used in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It brings together lecture series, web events and thematic displays, and it also provides opportunities to highlight a number of cross-cutting issues. More details

4-17 Dec CEPA Fair The Fair on experiences and best practices in Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) is held throughout the COP. It provides an opportunity for Parties and Organizations to highlight their work and contribution to the implementation of the three objectives of the Convention. The CEPA Fair includes two components: CEPA Exhibition and Side-events on CEPA. More details

4-17 Dec Side Events The Secretariat invites side-events which further enrich the discussions on agenda items. More details

4-17 Dec Exhibition This international exhibition brings opportunities to local and national governments, international organizations, NGOs, NPOs, academic institutions, private sector and others to showcase their projects, initiatives and ideas related to the integration of biodiversity in their activities. More details

7 Dec
International Parliamentary Forum for Biodiversity Co-organized by GLOBE International and the CBD Secretariat. Discussions on political support to the goals of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and call for a transition to a new global economy where biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital are integrated into policy making processes at all levels of government and the private sector.

9-11 Dec Summit “Muuchtanbal” on Indigenous Experiences: Traditional Knowledge and Biological and Cultural Diversity The aim of the Summit “Muuchtanbal” on Indigenous Experiences, Traditional Knowledge and biological and cultural diversity is to present and share experiences from indigenous peoples and local communities, Parties International Organizations, on the contributions of traditional knowledge, and the cultural diversity across sectors Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Tourism for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Summit will be finished with a regional cultural presentation and celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB). More details

10 Dec Workshop on the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House Thanks to the generous financial support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the CBD Secretariat will be hosting a workshop on the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House (ABS Clearing-House). The ABS Clearing-House is a platform for exchanging information on access and benefit-sharing and a key tool for facilitating the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, by enhancing legal certainty and transparency on procedures for access, and for monitoring the utilization of genetic resources. Participants will receive guidance on key concepts and functionalities of the ABS Clearing-House, followed by hands-on practice using the ABS Clearing-House to publish national information. The Secretariat will also devote time towards the end of the workshop to address questions and provide technical assistance related to the ABS Clearing-House and its role in the implementation of the Protocol. More details

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10 Dec Biodiversity-related development finance: Towards better tracking 10h00-13h00, Main Conference Venue, Side Events Room 3, Universal Building Main Floor.

This workshop organized by OECD aims to facilitate a dialogue on recent developments in tracking biodiversity-related finance. In the first session, speakers will share approaches to tracking bilateral and multilateral biodiversity-related development finance, as well as biodiversity-related expenditures domestically. This will inform a discussion on key opportunities and challenges for improving the tracking of international and domestic biodiversity expenditure.

In the second session, the OECD will demonstrate how the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Creditor Reporting System (CRS) can be used to track biodiversity-related official development assistance (ODA) using the so-called Rio marker methodology. This will be complemented by a couple of country experiences in using the system to better understand the nature of biodiversity-related development finance either received or provided.

10-11 Dec 5th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments The Secretariat of the CBD and the Government of Mexico, in close collaboration with CONABIO, ANAAE and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), organizes the Cities Summit entitled: “Mainstreaming Biodiversity where Nature Matters Most”.

The Summit gathers Ministers, Governors and Mayors from around the world to engage directly with national leaders for 195 countries and their key stakeholders. The overall goal of the Summit is to strengthen the global contribution of cities and other subnational governments in protecting biodiversity and the effective management of ecosystems which provide essential goods and services to our rapidly growing urban population.
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11 Dec Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the SDGs: sharing and developing workable solutions This one-day event will discuss the mainstreaming of biodiversity in national and sectoral development plans and processes, effective approaches to link SDG and NBSAP implementation, and efforts at the international level to support these approaches. It will explore what works in different sectors and different contexts, what are the solutions to identified barriers, and where collaboration amongst international and national organizations would help.