This decision has been retired.
MEDIUM-TERM PROGRAMME OF WORK OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES FOR 1996-1997
The Conference of the Parties
1. Decides to adopt the medium-term programme of work for the period
1996 to 1997 contained in the annex to the present decision;
2. Also decides to review at its next meeting the medium-term programme
of work in light of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Convention;
3. Requests the Executive Secretary to prepare the draft provisional
agenda of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, pursuant to rules
8 and 9 of the rules of procedure, and include therein all issues arising from
its previous meetings and for which actions are required by the Conference of
Annex to decision II/18
MEDIUM-TERM PROGRAMME OF WORK OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES 1996-1997
1. The medium-term programme of work will be constructed on the basis of standing
and rolling issues.
2. Standing items will include, inter alia:
2.1 Matters relating to the financial mechanism, including a report from the
interim institutional structure entrusted with its operation;
2.2 Report from the Secretariat on the administration of the Convention and
budget for the Secretariat;
2.3 Report from, instructions to and consideration of recommendations from the
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA);
2.4 Reports by Parties on implementation of the Convention;
2.5 Report on assessment and review of the operation of the clearing-house mechanism;
2.6 Relationship of the Convention on Biological Diversity with the Commission
on Sustainable Development and biodiversity-related conventions, other international
agreements, institutions and processes of relevance.
3. The other issues and derived activities necessary to implement the Convention
should be dealt with on a year-by-year agenda, on the understanding that these
relevant rotating issues will be developed and continually dealt with in accordance
with the decisions of the Conference of the Parties by the Subsidiary Body on
Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and any eventual working groups
appointed by the Conference of the Parties. The year-by-year agenda has to be
4. Treatment of the items on the programme of work should also reflect the
importance of capacity-building as one of the elements of successful Convention
implementation. The programme of work should always reflect a balance among
the Convention's objectives, as set forth in Article 1.
5. In 1996, the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties may continue
to consider pending issues of the 1995 programme of work.
6. The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties may consider, inter alia,
the following items in 1996:
6.2 Identification, monitoring and assessment
6.3 Conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biological diversity
6.4 Consideration of the future programme of work for terrestrial
biological diversity in the light of the outcome of deliberations of the third
session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in 1995
6.5 Knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local
6.6 Access to genetic resources
6.6.1 To consider the compilation of views of Parties on possible options
for developing national legislative, administrative or policy measures,
as appropriate, to implement Article 15.
6.7 Issues related to technology
6.8 Incentive measures
6.8.1 To consider the compilation of information and experiences shared
on the implementation of Article 11.
6.9 Special session of the General Assembly to review implementation
of Agenda 21
6.10 Issues related to biosafety
6.10.1 To consider the first report of the ad hoc working group on biosafety.
7. In 1997, the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties may consider,
inter alia, the following items:
7.1 Review of medium-term programme of work (1995-1997)
7.2 Models and mechanisms for linkages between in-situ and ex-situ
7.3 Measures for implementing the Convention
7.4 Consideration of matters related to benefit-sharing
7.5 Technical and Scientific Cooperation
7.6 Terrestrial biological diversity
To assess the status and trends of the biodiversity of inland water ecosystems
and identify options for conservation and sustainable use.