IUCN opened a new office in Tokyo to coordinate efforts ahead of next year’s Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity where governments will review progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target and take decisions regarding the Convention’s future strategy.
A year and a half before the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10), the concept of biodiversity and its role in supporting human well being is still not sufficiently recognized. 2010 presents a significant opportunity to raise awareness on biodiversity related issues and, more specifically, about the CBD process in supporting conservation and sustainable development.
The Japanese government, host of CBD COP10 in Nagoya, called on IUCN to support the COP by assisting the government in reaching out to all stakeholders and ensuring the best informed participation ever at a CBD COP. As a result of a secondment agreement with the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc (MIRI) and the support of the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) Committee on Nature Conservation – an IUCN Member, IUCN has been able to open a Project Office in Tokyo staffed with a full time Senior Project Officer, Mr. Naoya Furuta.
The Office will work with the government of Japan to consult and analyze the various views from governments and NGOs on issues in the agenda of the COP and will support it with products resulting from IUCN’s global network of experts and members with over 60-years of experiences in this field. These products will include policy advice, media / communications support and outreach to stakeholders.
Japan has requested this partnership in recognition of IUCN’s important role in the world of biodiversity conservation. On the other hand, IUCN sees this partnership as a means to increase its working relationship with partners and Members to promote biodiversity conservation in times when biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented levels.
The 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Nagoya, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010. Parties will gather for two weeks in Japan, to review progress on and decide upon, among others, the 2010 biodiversity target and the future roadmap for biodiversity conservation after 2010. 2010 has also been declared by the United Nations, the International Year of Biodiversity.