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2012/10/08: UN CBD-COP11 Meeting on Biodiversity opens in Hyderabad India

Hyderabad, India 8 October 2012 - Representatives from over 170 countries today began
deliberations in Hyderabad, India, on the way forward to protect the planet’s biodiversity.
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010
Nagoya biodiversity summit. In Nagoya, governments adopted a new Strategic Plan for
Biodiversity, and two new supplementary protocols to the CBD, setting the course for halting
biodiversity loss by the end of the current decade.
Mr. Ryu Matsumoto, the former Minister of the Environment of Japan, who served as COP 10
President in Nagoya, said at the opening: "While the COP10 outcomes are remarkable
achievements, there will be no change unless they are implemented. At COP11, I trust that we
can agree on further measures to overcome challenges that require additional efforts."
At the meeting, the Government of India assumed the Presidency of COP 11. During their term,
which runs from 2012 until 2014, the government of India will preside over the implementation
of the work of the Convention, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi
Biodiversity Targets.
Ms Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India and COP 11
President, said that: “The present global economic crisis should not deter us, but on the contrary
encourage us to invest more towards amelioration of the natural capital for ensuring uninterrupted
ecosystem services, on which all life on Earth depends. Let us all be inspired by what Mahatma
Gandhi said: ‘The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice
to solve most of the world’s problems’. So let us commit ourselves to what we are capable of
In his opening remarks, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Secretary to the
Convention on Biological Diversity said: “I urge you, in Hyderabad, to mobilize the financial
resources needed to enable developing countries to achieve the Aichi Targets at national level. In
so doing, we will need to be creative and involve all partners.”

“We need to … adopt new approaches and mechanisms, emphasizing the leveraging of resources
from existing sources through mainstreaming, incorporating sustainability criteria in government
procurement, reviewing and adjusting of economic instruments, and further engaging the
business sector,” adding, “We will be judged by our acts, not our words.”

Ms. Amina Mohamed, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UNEP
said: “our collective experience and the new analysis through initiatives such as TEEB and others
have illuminated that the costs of inaction are far higher and will rise and that the losses the
world—especially the poor—are sustaining annually as a result of unsustainable management of
the natural world dwarf the investments.”

“Furthermore, the private sector has a responsibility and a role to play too within the rules and
regulations put in place by governments to ensure equity for all sectors of society. I would be
keen to explore with the CBD Executive Secretary and his team, ever improving synergies
between the inclusive Green Economy work and the TEEB work and that of the treaty, in
particular at the national level” she said.

The meeting is mandated to consider, among others, the mobilization of resources in support of
the Global Strategy for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets, a report on the identification of
ecologically and biologically significant areas in marine ecosystems as well as a number of other
items related to the protection of biodiversity in marine ecosystems; ecosystem restoration and
the relationship between biodiversity and climate change.

The meeting continues until 19 October 2012, with a high-level segment featuring the
participation of ministers and heads of State that runs from 16 to 19 October 2012.
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