UNDP Calls for Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into the Development Agenda

08 Oct 2012

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UNDP Deputy Chief to address the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

New Delhi - UNDP will continue to support efforts by nations and communities to translate global commitments to conserve biodiversity into national action through discussions at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 11). Biodiversity loss and degradation are key challenges facing countries of the world today. International talks in Hyderabad provide an important opportunity to discuss ways of mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into the development agenda and unlock the enormous development potential of biodiversity and ecosystems.

CoP 11 offers a unique occasion for India to shape the global agenda on biodiversity and influence the sustainability of the country’s economic development. UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan will address CoP delegates on 17 October, 2012.

Ms Grynspan, who was the Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 and 1998, also served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP (2006-2010). She will begin a nine-day mission to India between 10-18 October 2012.

During her time in India, Ms. Grynspan is expected to meet several Union Cabinet Ministers. She will also be addressing a high-level consultation on the role of women as elected leaders. Ms. Gryspan will participate in a thematic consultation on the role of corporate social responsibility in creating a sustainable future.

At the CoP 11 conference, Ms Grynspan will, along with Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India, present the GoI-UNDP India Biodiversity Awards 2012 that recognize successful models of biodiversity governance from across the country. 

Ms. Grynspan will also address a Ministerial Round Table to launch UNDP’s new Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework, titled ’The Future We Want: Biodiversity and Ecosystems – Driving Sustainable Development,’ which aims to accelerate international efforts to reverse biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.

UNDP and Biodiversity Conservation

UNDP manages the largest portfolio of biodiversity and ecosystems projects in the UN system, as well as the largest Global Environment Facility Implementing Agency on biodiversity. UNDP currently works in 146 countries, managing 512 ecosystems and biodiversity projects worth $1.5 billion in funding from the Global Environment Facility and other sources, with co-finance of $3.5 billion. In addition, UNDP implements two programmes focused at the local scale—the GEF Small Grants Programme and the Equator Initiative partnership. The Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme has been successful in helping establish over 2,000 protected areas in 85 countries, covering 272 million hectares; undertaking interventions in production sectors and development planning in 38 countries, covering 244 million hectares; and promoting ecosystem-based adaptation to or mitigation of climate change in 71 countries.

Notes to the Editors about Cop 11

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 11) will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012. CoP 11 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high level segment will take place from 17 to 19 October 2012. This meeting will take place during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 65/161. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Contact Information:

Surekha Subarwal; Surekha.subarwal@gmail.com; Ph: +91-9810153924
Nandita Surendran; Nandita.surendran@undp.org; Ph: +91-9810084776

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About Rebeca Grynspan
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Rebeca Grynspan was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February, 2010. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Grynspan was elected Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

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