First joint statement by biodiversity related conventions
November 1, 2010  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

Secretariats of four biodiversity related conventions presented a joint statement to environmental ministers in Nagoya on 28 October 2010 at the The Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Delivered by John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES (the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the statement represented the views of the Secretariats of CITES,  the Ramsar Convention, the World Heritage Convention and the Convention on Migratory Species. Scanlon noted that while the four conventions have targeted mandates in comparison with the mandate of the Convention on Biological Diversity, they have the same overall goal of supporting the stewardship of global biodiversity.

“Each of the conventions I am speaking for today has a very specific mandate,” Scanlon said. “As you can see, while we may have unique histories and mandates and in some cases different Parties, we are joined by the common objective of supporting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and by a collective desire to see more effective implementation of conventions at the country level, including through making best use of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans.”

He called on parties to adopt an “inclusive strategic plan for biodiversity and agreed that National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans should cover the full range of activities needed to implement biodiversity conventions.”

The statement is an important step toward improved global environmental governance through greater coherence of vision and action among the secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements. It will likely have an important effect on the ministerial discussions of international environmental governance scheduled to take place in Helsinki later in November.

About the Author :

Michael Corcoran is a project associate for the Global Environmental Governance Project and a master's candidate at the John McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has written for several publications including The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor and The Boston Globe.

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