CBD COP13 closes in Cancun

Posted on 17 December 2016

Biodiversity and climate, two sides of the same coin
Statement on COP 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

On the occassion of the closing of COP 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, Adrian Dellecker, WWF International, Director of Global Policy and Advocacy (a.i.), said:
“Delegates came to Cancun in the spotlight of recent international deals on climate change and sustainable development with the dual challenges of reversing dramatic decreases in biodiversity and delivering on their Aichi promises.
“The success of Cancun lies in the bold decision taken to deepen the integration of biodiversity values into other sectors. Delegates also decided on a clear process through 2020, including the consideration of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and health in decision making in the 2018 Conference of Parties in Egypt.
“It is impossible to forget that we are more than halfway through the Aichi biodiversity targets deadline. Our attention must be intensely focused on the path to 2020 and the work that needs to be delivered by then.
“While this meeting was not designed to capture headlines, governments have begun waking up to the fact that biodiversity and climate change are two sides of the same coin, and that to achieve sustainable development, both our climate and natural systems must be adequately addressed. By putting energy and infrastructure, among other issues, at the heart of the next round of discussions, countries have increased the profile of upcoming meetings. This decision will also better link the original Rio Conventions on climate and biodiversity.
“Biodiversity conservation is an essential element of sustainable development and needs to be part of our everyday thinking. The Mexican presidency set an important tone for this meeting by focusing on the theme of integrating biodiversity into decision making across sectors. We are heartened that this fundamental approach is building in pace. It is critically important that the momentum continues to increase as we look to the Conference of Parties in China in 2020.”
Channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus). This Toucan is the largest one encountered in the tropical rainforests of the French Guiana.
© Roger Leguen / WWF
Amazon rainforest, Loreto region, Peru.
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