Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Affairs (SBSTTA)
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a multilateral environmental agreement addressing all aspects of biological diversity: genetic resources, species and ecosystems. The objectives of this Convention are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. To implement these objectives, the CBD adopted at its last Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan (2011) a strategic plan 2020 and a series of strategic goals, Aichi targets.
In Belgium, most activities related to the CBD are implemented by the Belgian National Focal Point (Focal Point). However, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform has frequent contacts with the Belgian National Focal Point. As such, our organisation worked in partnership with the National Focal Point to develop the research-related aspects of the Belgian Biodiversity Strategy. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is supported by an open-ended scientific advisory body, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide its governing body, the Conference of the Parties (CoP) with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. SBSTTA comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; providing assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and responding to questions coming from the CoP. SBSTTA produces recommendations to the CoP, some of which have been endorsed in full by the latter. Since 2008, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform hosts the national focal point of the SBSTTA. Our organisation contributes to negotiations on the relevant topics discussed during SBSTTA meetings. For more information on the Belgian Biodiversity Platform involvement in the SBSTTA, please contact Dr Hilde Eggermont.