Meetings of the 65th Session
High-level meeting of the General Assembly as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity (22 September 2010)
In its resolution 61/203, the General Assembly declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and in resolution 63/219, it decided, as a contribution to the International Year, to convene a high-level meeting of the General Assembly at its 65th session, with the participation of Heads of State, Governments and delegations.
The meeting will be chaired by the President of the 65th session of the General Assembly. The panels will be co-chaired by Heads of State and Government at the invitation of the President of the 64th session of the General Assembly on the basis of equitable geographical representation. The President of the General Assembly will prepare a summary of the discussions during the high-level meeting for presentation at the closing plenary meeting and for transmission, under his authority, to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Why does biodiversity matter?
Biological diversity underpins ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. Its continued loss, therefore, has major implications for current and future human well-being.
The Convention on Biological Diversity is one of the key international instruments for the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. As of today, 192 States and one regional economic integration organization have ratified the Convention.
At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, in 2002, States committed themselves to pursue a more efficient and coherent implementation of the three objectives of the Convention and the achievement by 2010 of a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biodiversity at the global, regional and national levels as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth (the “2010 biodiversity target”), noting that that would require action at all levels, including the implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and the provision of new and additional financial and technical resources to developing countries.
The commitment to achieving the 2010 biodiversity target was reiterated by the World Summit in 2005 and in 2006 the target was incorporated in the Millennium Development Goals as part of Goal 7 on environmental sustainability.
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- 9:00am - 10:00am: Opening plenary meeting
- 10:00am - 1:00pm: Thematic panel discussions
- 3:00pm - 5:00pm: Thematic panel discussions
- 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Closing plenary meeting
- Meeting summary
- Opening Statement of the President of the General Assembly at the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity
- Ecosystem Services Our Natural Capital; Allowing Their Decline Is ‘Like Throwing Money Out the Window’, Secretary-General Tells High-level Biodiversity Event
- Biodiversity loss is bankrupting the natural economy – Ban
- World leaders are urged to commit to reducing biodiversity loss
- Press Conference on Biodiversity by Minister for Environment of Brazil (22 September 2010)
- Press Conference by United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity (22 September 2010)
- High-level General Assembly Meeting, 22 September, to Spur Action Aimed at Stemming Further Loss of Biological Diversity (21 September 2010)
- Press Conference by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources on Loss of Biological Diversity (21 September 2010)
- Note by the Secretary-General on the High-level meeting of the General Assembly as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity [A/64/865]
- All documents pertaining to agenda item 53 (f): Convention on Biological Diversity
- Global Biodiversity Outlook
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- 2010, International Year of Biodiversity
- 22 May, International Day for Biological Diversity