December 4, 2016. The 13th meeting of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the 2nd meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol and the 8th meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol opened the session.
The conference was attended by 6400 delegates from more than 180 countries worldwide.
For the first time in the history of the Convention, at the same time it was held a meeting of the parties of three structures of the Convention at once.
The main subject of the conference was a cross-sectoral integration of biodiversity issues for the benefit of well-being.
December 2-3, 2016. The meeting of the High Level Segment (at ministerial level) was held.
The main goal was to agree on the integration of biodiversity concerns into development strategies of different sectors (agriculture, tourism, forestry and others), and develop a cross-sectoral approach to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
As a result of work the Declaration was adopted. The full text of the final document can be found at the following link: https://www.cbd.int/cop/cop-13/hls/in-session/cancun-declaration-draft-dec-03-2016-pm-ru.pdf
The Conference of the Parties established a platform for further two years of work of the Convention.
Tajikistan was represented at the COP by the National Coordinator – Mr. Neimatullo Safarov and other members of the delegation.
Cancún Declaration on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for the Welfare of the People
The Declaration emphasises that the countries are committed to working at all levels and in all sectors to ensure the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity within them through sectoral policies, plans and programs, as well as legal and administrative measures and budgets, including measures on use, management and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, include the value of biodiversity in national accounts and reporting systems, etc.
The whole world recognizes that biodiversity, namely ecosystems, are the basis for life on Earth (including the regulation of climate, air quality, food, soil, etc.).
During the Conference of the Parties to the Convention elected the new Secretary - Christian Palmer from Romania (the former Minister of Nature Protection).
She underlined that the target direction of the Secretariat and of each country - is "Struggle for the preservation of ecosystems, struggle for our lives, souls and life of future generations".
Despite the efforts of the countries, we are witnessing an increasing degradation and fragmentation of ecosystems.