COP 10 Decision X/8

X/8.United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020

The Conference of the Parties,
Highlighting the importance of biodiversity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,
Emphasizing the need to achieve the full implementation of the objectives of this Convention and other biodiversity-related conventions, organizations and processes,
Reaffirming the importance of raising public awareness on biodiversity-related issues,
Stressing the need to build on the momentum achieved by the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity,
1.Invites the United Nations General Assembly to consider declaring 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity;
2.Requests the Executive Secretary, in cooperation with relevant partners, in particular the secretariats of biodiversity-related conventions:
(a)To encourage full participation of Parties, and all relevant organizations and stakeholders in the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and their support for implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
(b)To take stock of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and related activities of Parties and stakeholders, with a view to including this information in the regular reports of the Secretary-General to the United Nations General Assembly on the implementation of the Convention;
3.Invites the Environment Management Group to facilitate cooperation and information exchange among its members in support of the Convention and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.