Hyderabad Biodiversity Capital
XI Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate
- Biodiversity Park, Museum & Pylon to be established for COP-11
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is going to kick start in Hyderabad from 1 to 19 October 2012. A national stakeholder consultative meeting was held that brought together the representatives of civil society, the scientific community, United Nations agencies and other donors as well as the representatives of the business community.
The Conference on Biodiversity at Hyderabad will be held from 1st-19th October 2012, in HICC. More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate. The CoP-11 schedule is 1st to 5th October 2012 – meeting of parties (MoP) on Bio-safety Cartigena Protocol will be held. 8th – 19th October 2012 Conference of Parties (CoP-11) will be held. 17th – 19 October 2012, the High Level Segment will be held.
Five themes identified for High Level Segment (HLS) are Biodiversity and Livelihoods, Integration of value of Biodiversity in National Planning and Accounting Process, Strategy for Resource Mobilisation, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Operationalization of Nagoya Protocol.
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well with the Rio+20 meeting scheduled earlier in the year. India has not hosted a meeting of a Conference of the Parties to a multilateral environmental agreement since 2002. This will be the first meeting to assess the implementation of the Nagoya biodiversity compact.
By the time of the Hyderabad meeting, it is expected that all countries who are Parties to the Convention will have submitted their national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and many will also have updated them.
The Hyderabad meeting is also noteworthy, as it is widely expected that two new protocols to the Convention will have entered into force: the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will have force of law should both receive sufficient numbers of instruments of ratification in the coming months. Currently, the Nagoya Protocol has 24 signatories and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol has 23.
Attending the ceremony, Mr Hideki Minamikawa, the Vice-Minister of the Environment of Japan representing the President of the Conference of the Parties pledged the full support of Japan for the success of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
After announcing that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be held in Hyderabad, Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of the Environment and Forests of India, unveiled the logo of the Hyderabad biodiversity summit. The logo builds on the logo of the Nagoya biodiversity summit and symbolizes the cycle of life represented by a tiger and a whale and human being, with grain at the centre. In presenting the logo, the Minister stated that livelihoods and biodiversity should be at the centre of discussions at the summit, to be held under the slogan ― Prakruti Rakshati Rakshita‖ (―Nature Protects if She is Protected).
The CoP 11 to CBD logo has been developed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.
The CoP 11 to CBD logo consists of three major motifs, the Royal Bengal Tiger on the upper part, a woman with a bird and a leaf at the centre and a dolphin on the lower part of the circle. On top is the slogan in Sanskrit with English translation ‘Nature Protects if She is Protected’
About The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a subsidiary agreement to the Convention. It seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 159 countries plus the European Union have ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in Montreal. For more information visit www.cbd.int
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Welcome to Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India) will be host to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Organised by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the Conference will be held from 1 to 19 October 2012 at HICC – HITEX Complex in Hyderabad, India.
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