Convention on Biological Diversity


Netanya Escote with Jamie Dichaves and Keith Cari-an
ASEAN Coordinator, Centre for Sustainability PH
The Convention on Biological Diversity is a multilateral treaty which was adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1993. It recognizes the conservation of biodiversity as a common concern of mankind and is integral to global development processes.

The CBD has three main goals:

1. Protect and conserve biodiversity

2. The sustainable use of the components of biodiversity

3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

Presently, 196 states have ratified the convention, thus becoming parties to the CBD. A Conference of the Parties (COP) is held every two years to discuss the state of biodiversity, conservation plans and frameworks, and review progress.

While conversation happens at an international level, we can be actively involved by engaging our country's focal points, participating in stakeholder and/or subcommittee meetings, and joining organizations such as Global Youth Biodiversity Network, which are actively participating in the discussions.

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