12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, Korea 6 – 17 October, 2014
- Pacific islands highlight their unity at global biodiversity conference
- Fiji on the map, guiding coordination of UN Convention
- Fiji calls upon global united action to meet 2020 biodiversity targets
- 194 governments unite to save global biodiversity
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Pacific islands highlight their unity at global biodiversity conference
07 October 2014, Pyeongchang Korea, CBD COP12 – The Pacific island nations have showcased their unity at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, sharing with over 190 governments the joint framework on nature conservation and protected areas.
Recently endorsed at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and highlighted during the Third UN International Conference on Small Islands Developing States, the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014 – 2020 is being celebrated yet again at the international arena.
“This is a significant milestone achievement for the Pacific Islands region mainly because the new Framework is closely aligned to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans,” said Ms. Atelaite Matoto, Director for Environment of Tonga, who made a statement at the CBD COP 12…for full story
Fiji on the map, guiding coordination of UN Convention
6 October 2014, Pyeongchang Korea, CBD COP12 – Fiji represents the Pacific islands that are parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity on the Conference of the Parties Bureau. This group acts as a board to provide guidance to the CBD Secretariat in coordinating any intercessional meetings and conferences over a two year period.
Fiji is one of two representatives for the Asia Pacific region on the CBD COP Bureau, along with Thailand, having been nominated by Pacific island parties at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Hyderabad India in 2012.
Ms. Eleni Tokaduadua, Principal Environment Officer of the Department of Fiji is now coming to the end of her term as a representative on the CBD COP Bureau:
“One of the key objectives of the bureau which I thought was very relevant was to see how the Convention on Biological Diversity is mainstreamed into other sectoral programmes at the national level, and other UN conventions. Partnerships has also been a driving force in Bureau discussions over the last two years as well as we progress the work and actions under this Convention.”…for full story
Fiji calls upon global united action to meet 2020 biodiversity targets
6 October 2014, Pyeongchang Korea, CBD COP12 – In 2010 a global strategic plan for biodiversity was agreed upon with targets, known as the Aichi Targets, to be met by 2020 to halt the rate of biodiversity loss. In a newly launched Fourth Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook which provides a progress report on the state of global biodiversity governments were told today that bold and innovative action is urgently required if the world is to meet these targets.
Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 shows that three out of the 20 Aichi Targets are on track, with five of the targets needing much more effort and action.
In a statement to the floor at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity today, Fiji stressed their concern for the lack of progress and called upon global united action….for full story
194 governments unite to save global biodiversity
6 October 2014, Pyeongchang Korea, CBDCOP12 – Traditional Korean drums set an exciting pace this morning at the opening of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the fast pace symbolic of the urgent need to save global biodiversity.
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet Report 2014 found that global wildlife populations have declined on average by 52% in the 40 year period since 1970.
Over the next two weeks thousands of representatives of governments, non-governmental organisations, indigenous peoples, scientists and the private sector are gathered to accelerate the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 – 2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets which are to be achieved by the end of 2020.
All of which contribute to halting biodiversity loss across the planet….for full story