Monday, October 04, 2010
Biodiversity and Wildlife
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), had a high level meeting on 22 September 2010, as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity. Furthermore, thematic panels were held on the way forward in achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the internationally agreed biodiversity goals and targets. Participants highlighted, among others: the need for political momentum and flexibility in the discussions on a draft protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS); the opportunity to adopt an ambitious post-2010 strategic plan; and the importance of creating an intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services.It was again noted that conserving the planet’s species and habitats was central to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.View the full document at: (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/ga10992.doc.htm; http://www.un.org/en/ga/65/meetings/biodiversity.shtml).