Highlights and images for 2 May 2016



On Monday, 2 May 2016, SBI 1 Chair Jae Choe (Republic of Korea) opened the first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) under the CBD, emphasizing the SBI’s role in reviewing progress in implementation of the Convention and its protocols, and in identifying obstacles and means of implementation in achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi targets. CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias highlighted the historic nature of the first SBI meeting within the CBD process, emphasizing: biodiversity mainstreaming, capacity building, resource mobilization, collaboration with other biodiversity-related conventions, mechanisms to support review of implementation, and national reporting. Elizabeth Mrema (UNEP), on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, noted the need to: redouble efforts to achieve crosscutting Aichi targets; focus on the most effective ways in deploying finance; and make data robust to stand scrutiny.

Delegates heard presentations on progress in achieving Aichi targets 11 (protected areas) and 20 (resource mobilization), and discussed: review of progress in the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan; and review of progress towards Aichi target 16 on the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web updates from the 20th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the 1st Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has produced a summary and analysis of both meetings which is available in HTML and PDF format.

CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias; Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Québec, Canada; and SBI 1 Chair Jae Choe, Republic of Korea

Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment Programme

SBI 1 plenary

SBI 1 delegates discuss review of progress in implementation of the Convention and Strategic Plan.

Mustafa Fouda, Egypt