Story Integrating the Biodiversity 2010 objective in development cooperation policies and the Millennium Development Goals

As recognised in the three day Conference in Paris on Biodiversity and European Development Cooperation, September  19-21/2006, there is a need to forge closer ties between biodiversity and sustainable development.This is very much in line with the proposal of UN Secretary General, to incorporate the 2010 biodiversity target into the framework of the Millennium Development Goals.

Release date 28/09/2006
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
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Source Europe Information Service, United Nations

Loss of biological diversity has dramatic consequences for nature and for the populations most exposed, whose food, medicines and energy are drawn from natural resources. Delegates attending the conference in Paris therefore noted that alleviating poverty and conserving biodiversity are two aspects of the same challenge, which the international community must address. Closely linked, these two problems can give rise to contradicting priorities, generate conflicts with development projects that sometimes involve the deterioration of a country's biological heritage, and constitute an obstacle to their long-term development.

The EU and its member states are called upon to implement a genuine action plan based on - Integration of the role of civil society in sustainable rural development, with the use of innovative funding mechanisms - More effective governance and  formal recognition of the rights of rural and indigenous populations to manage and use natural resources, - Use of appropriate economic instruments in order to create a favourable environment for businesses keen to operate in a sustainable fashion, and to act on demand in such a way as to reduce the impact of consumption and European trade on global natural resources (forests and ocean resources in particular);- Recognition of biodiversity in overseas territories of the EU and provision of adequate financial mechanisms for its conservation.

At the same time , In his 2006 Report on the Work of the Organization, Kofi Annan has asked the UN General Assembly to incorporate the 2010 biodiversity target into the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs.) In the report (para 24), he states that, "World leaders agreed to several other important targets at the 2005 World Summit. I am therefore recommending the incorporation of these commitments into the set of targets used to follow-up on the Millennium Declaration. This includes: [...] a new target under Millennium Development Goal 7: to "Significantly reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010". For more information see  UN Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization 2006 (A/61/1)