UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

IUCN has been involved in the CBD since its drafting and through its development.

IUCN has fed into decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP) through its policy work at the global, regional and national levels, helping to ensure that they are as effective as possible to achieve the CBD objectives. Further, for some issues, the COP and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advise (SBSTTA) – the technical body of the Convention – have made explicit calls for collaboration with IUCN.


The IUCN Secretariat has been participating in and supporting the CBD process, while using the CBD as a channel to promote IUCN's policies and technical experience, and to foster action on the ground, in collaboration with IUCN's Membership. IUCN has produced numerous policy papers and background papers for CBD meetings, involving its programmes, Regional Offices and an increasing number of Members.
IUCN's work with the CBD includes:

  • supporting the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets;
  • providing support for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing;
  • contributing and assisting Parties in the revision, update, and development of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs); 
  • influencing the CBD negotiations to promote conservation through the development and advocacy of policy papers; and
  • supporting the developing of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.