Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany (Day 1)

cop9.pngThe Convention on Biological Diversity is a treaty between nations to maintain diversity and sustain life on earth. Every year the party nations meet to discuss progress of the convention, topical issues and strategic planning. This year our attention is drawn to the devastation brought about by climatic disasters and the real economic cost of losing biodiversity.
The convention was born from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where world leaders signed up to a strategy for sustainable development; to meet our needs while ensuring that we leave a viable world for future generations.
The convention as agreed to at the Earth Summit has three main goals:

“the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources”

Commitments made in 1992, as well as others from Johannesburg to reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010 and from Curitiba where promise was made relating to access and benefit sharing, are all brought back into focus at the 9th Convention. The Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf has today at the opening ceremony in Bonn, Germany and called for renewed international cooperation in the face of climate change. For Djoghlaf,

“half measures and business-as-usual are no longer options when it comes to the unprecedented environmental challenges that the world faces today”

Instead, world commitment and an increased understanding of the connectedness of world biological systems is required. The convention will focus upon this through eight key topics for consideration:
1. Agricultural biodiversity
2. Global strategy for plant conservation
3. Invasive alien species
4. Forest biodiversity
5. Incentive measures
6. Ecosystem approach
7. Progress in the implementation of the strategic plan and progress towards the 2010 target and relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
8. Financial Resources and the Financial Mechanism
A more detailed annotated agenda can be downloaded from:
Webcasting of this event is available at:

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