United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Advancing the biodiversity agenda: a UN-wide contribution


The first biodiversity exercise carried out across the UN system is being launched at the Biodiversity Summit in Nagoya.

Advancing the Biodiversity Agenda: a UN System-Wide Contribution

Biodiversity is everywhere and the responsibility to mitigate its loss, and protect the precious services it provides, lies with all sectors. There is an urgency to act collectively. The UN's Environment Management Group (EMG) has undertaken the first ever cross-sector biodiversity exercise in the UN system. The report, Advancing the Biodiversity Agenda: a UN System-Wide Contribution, analyses the complex interactions which exist not only between biodiversity and sectors such as agriculture and forestry but also with less obvious areas like health, education, energy or trade. The EMG publication, based on inputs from 27 UN entities, illustrates that the UN system can act as a laboratory, as it mirrors the many social and economic sectors of society at large. This analysis should be used to build a lasting bridge between the different parts of the economy.

Side event:

Date: Thursday 28 October 2010

Time: 13.15 - 14.45 (Nagoya)

Location: Room 233B, Building 2, Nagoya Congress Center


Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UNEP

Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD)

John Scanlon, Executive Secretary, Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)

Olav Kjorven, Assistant Administrator and the Director of the Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Eduardo Rojas,Assistant Director General (FAO)

Govindan Parayil, Vice Rector, United Nations University

Åsa Norrman, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

The full report can be viewed at: http://dev.grida.no/EMG/BIODIVERSITY_Corrections_finales_.pdf.

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