Committee Special Conference on Biodiversity Issue

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Committee Special Conference on Biodiversity

Issue Evaluating the progress of implementing the principles stated in the Convention on Biological Diversity(1992)

Main Submitter Albania

The Special Conference on Biodiversity,

Aware of the fact that the Convention on Biological Diversity is considered to be the most exclusive convention regarding biodiversity and ensuring our sustainable use on it,

Emphasizing the three main goals that have been proposed by the convention which are the conservation of biological diversity , sustainable use of its components, fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources,

Pointing out that the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity committed themselves “to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regio9nal and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth”,

Keeping in mind the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its proposal to seek to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology,

Deeply concerned with the ongoing species loss, being increased by a 12 per cent,

Noting that implementation of the Convention in developing countries must be sustained,

Recognizing the ongoing projects that are being developed by the Global Environment Facility(GEF) under the umbrella of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) and World Bank,

Congraluating GEF for disbursing over $1.6 billion for biodiversity activities,

1.Emphasizes the importance of the strategies that are being proposed by each Member State to be implied in the most comprehensive matter and in across all sectors of public policy by,

a. increasing the political priority on biodiversity by the help of each countries related ministry and head of ministry,

b.adopting binding legislation concerning the issue, protocols of the convention and implementing them in every matter,

c.raising public awareness by initiating a project that will be called Mobile Awareness which will,

i.include volunteer experts, academics who will be travelling around Member States in adequate vehicles which will be provided by World Bank,

ii,aim to raise awareness in urban and sub urban areas by distributing brochures booklets ,hand outs ,organizing panels and conferences, publishing books in UN affiliated centres,

iii.intent to promote awareness in the youth by organizing an anuual global essay contest on the matter of exctinction of species to attract attention to the importance of biodiversity < for children of any age in urban and sub-urban areas,

iv. Last for an initial ten years, which may be extended fif seen necessary by the CBD,

v. be financed by World Bank and private donations

2. Suggests that the ratified states and the board form a database, since the secretariat is restricted to facilitate the Ex change of information, which will.

a. contain information on each states current situation on biodiversity and the steps that are being taken to alleviate the ongoing conditions,

b. be updated annually,

c. which will be provided by each country’s related ministry or branch of ministry,

d. be shared among other states which are a part of the Convention on Biological Diversity<

3. Proposes that the restriction on the secretariat concerning the matter of organizing meetings be abolished and that new legislations be adopted by the board in order to have more freedom to facilitate meetings when in need.

4. Invites Member states to use co=operation among the countries that share borders in order to fulfill more sustainable goals regarding the matter since border countries are in need to take action correlatively to reduce the loss of biodiversity

5. Requests that the funds which are adopted by the convention involve,

a. a wide range of representatives of international protocols,

b. an increasing amount of related environmental NGOs,

c. the world wide research community

6. Urges all Member states to ratify the Convention if not already ratified and to become a party of the protocol if ratified,

7. Proposes members to implement the decisions either through protocols to the convention or national legislation

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