By invitation of the Government of Mexico and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBDS), on 7 December GLOBE International convened the CDB COP13 Legislators Forum as one of the official fora of the COP.
Legislators from 20 countries adopted the CBD COP13 Legislators Forum Communiqué calling for the integration of biodiversity into public policy. Click here to download the Communiqué.
National and local legislators from over 20 countries including Argentina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and Senegal amd Taiwan participated in a 1-day programme focused on highlighting the imperative of biodiversity for a prosperous and sustainable world.
The Forum was opened by Mexico's Environment Secretary and COP13 President Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and Quintana Roo State Governor Carlos Joaquín González, followed by CBD Executive Secretary Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias. Click here to watch the High-Level Opening Segment
The Opening Segment gave way to a high-level Opening Panel chaired by Senadora Silvia Garza Galván (Mexico) which addressed the challenges and opportunities of integrating biodiversity as a transversal axis in the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The panel included: Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Head of Biodiversity, Land and Governance Programme, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UN Environment Programme; Dr. Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Senator Angélica Araujo (Mexico), Coordinator of the Parliamentary Meeting of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017; Ms. Liliana López Ortiz, Focal Point of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Parliamentary Initiative; Mr. Marcos Mancini, Head of Sustainability, Banorte Financial Group; and Ms. Malini Mehra FRSA, GLOBE International CEO.
Session 1, chaired by Deputy Viviane Le Dissez (France), received contributions from legislators from Cameroon, France and Mexico reporting on national experiences integrating biodiversity into water governance. Click here to watch Session 1
Session 2, chaired by Dr. Kennedy Graham MP (New Zealand), focused on the progress made in Mexico and Colombia integrating biodiversity mechanisms and objectives into forest governance with the support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Click here for a detailed report on the session.
Session 3, chaired by Deputy Mariana Arámbula (Mexico), received contributions from parliamentary delegates from El Salvador and Japan on their respective national strategies for the integration of biodiversity into national productive sectors. Click here to watch Session 3.
Session 4, chaired by Deputy Mirza Flores (Mexico) focused on national experiences of legislators from Kenya, Senegal and Japan integrating biodiversity into disaster risk reduction policies. Click here to watch Session 4.
In the Forum Communiqué legislators firstly welcomed that:
The Communiqué is available in English and Spanish at the CBD COP13 website: