Under the slogan “Nature protects if she is protected”, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) will be convened in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012. The CBD, which entered into force in 1993, has 193 UN Member State signatories.
COP11, which will be attended by government leaders, policymakers, and representatives of NGOs, the private sector, academia and environmental groups worldwide, will serve as an opportunity to assess progress made in translating the Aichi Biodiversity Targets into revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plans, and to consider local, national and global mobilization strategies for realizing the vision of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.
The United Nations University (UNU) — and the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), in particular — will be closely involved in CDB-COP11, and is organizing a series of official side events (which supplement the official meetings with a view to sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among CBD-COP11 participants). Official CBD-COP11 side events which UNU-IAS is co-organizing or collaborating on are:
CBD-COP11 side events that will be organized by other UNU institutes are:
If you are attending CBD-COP11, we invite you to attend any of these side events. Please see the Upcoming Events listing on the UNU website, or the Calendar of Side Events on the CDB website for more information about, and the venue of, each event.
And please stop by the UNU-IAS kiosk on “Experiences and Best Practices in CEPA (Communication, Education and Public Awareness)” at the CEPA Fair from 8–19 Oct.
In addition, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), for which UNU-IAS serves as the Secretariat, will hold its Third Global Conference (IPSI-3) back-to-back with CBD-COP11 in Hyderabad. IPSI, launched in October 2010 at the CBD-COP10 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, has grown to include 123 organizations worldwide.
You are invited to attend: