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ICIMOD will showcase its work on meeting three objectives of CBD with special emphasis on development and poverty reduction strategies in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.

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ICIMOD at the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 11)

The Mega Posters, displayed on Level 1 of the Gallery at the Hyderabad International Convention Center for the duration of COP 11, have an interactive and participative space; all COP 11 participants have the opportunity to leave comments and to vote for their favourite Mega Poster using Twitter, Post-it notes, and stickers.

ICIMOD: Ecosystem approach in conservation through regional cooperation in the HKH region Tuesday, 16 October 2012 at 6:30-8:00 PM (IST) Novotel Club, HICC-HITEX Complex, Hyderabad, India.

Contributions to relevant plenary sessions including those related to biodiversity and climate change, the biodiversity of inland waters, and the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing, among others. The ICIMOD Exhibition Booth (8–19 October 2012) will: share ICIMOD’s biodiversity conservation approaches and initiatives with a global audience through a range of informational materials; showcase traditional knowledge and cultures from the region to demonstrate the linkages between human wellbeing and ecosystem services; and conduct a quiz for children and youth to raise awareness on biodiversity issues with gifts for winners as well as for other visitors. Mega Poster Event where ICIMOD will showcase its work on meeting three objectives of CBD with special emphasis on development and poverty reduction strategies in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.

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ICIMOD’s biodiversity conservation and management framework revolves around the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. One hundred and ninety-three countries are party to the Convention, including ICIMOD’s eight regional member countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. In the upcoming Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, ICIMOD has planned a series of events and activities to share and discuss its approaches to biodiversity conservation and management in the region.

ICIMOD activities at COP 11 include:

Activities at COP 11.

Side Event 2: Conserving the High Altitude Wetlands of the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Lessons across borders.

Please register to join us at the Novotel Club, in the Novotel Hyderabad Convention Center, from 6:30-8:00pm on 16 October. The “Jury’s Choice Award” and the “Public’s Choice Award” will be awarded during this evening, however the most important objective of the reception is to communicate the tremendous efforts being carried out all over the world.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel +977-1-5003222.

Side Events.

Judicial Colloquim on Biodiversity.

The outcome document of this Conference, was shared and discussed with members of COP 11 at a side event on 17th October, 2012, with the participation of the Indian and French Minister of Environment as well as the head of CBD Secretariat. Some of the recommendations emphasize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework to use in education. Point 17 of this outcome document states:

Experiences with Montfort Social Institute Center on HR and SD Education.

This Center for Human Rights and Sustainable Development Education is also undertaking projects to help communities on their right of housing and also on the basic right for potable water. I saw part of their actions on this topic at the Moosa Nagar Slum Community.

In Hyderabad during the CBD COP-11.

It was inspiring to see what they are doing especially because they are working on ESD from a human rights entry point. I think this is quite a unique project given that the majority of ESD efforts start from an environmental angle. The Montfort Social Institute has a number of schools in India and also works with this Center that is focused on empowering and supporting underprivileged people in India. For instance, they have a project that offers leadership and empowerment workshops for domestic workers in Hyderabad. To complement this, they are also helping the process of drafting stronger national laws to strengthen the rights of domestic workers.

This Center for Human Rights and Sustainable Development Education is also undertaking projects to help communities on their right of housing and also on the basic right for potable water. I saw part of their actions on this topic at the Moosa Nagar Slum Community.

The outcome recommendations of this Conference, (find them here), were shared and discussed with members of COP 11 at a side event on October 17th, with the participation of the Indian and French Minister of Environment as well as the head of the CBD Secretariat. Point 17 of this outcome document emphasize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework to use in education, it states:

From October 8th to 14th, I was in India to attend a number of workshops and meetings organized by the Center for Environment Education (CEE), an Earth Charter International (ECI) affiliate. It is always inspiring to visit India and to learn from a diversity of efforts that are going on there.

Mirian Vilela Earth Charter International Secretariat.

MSI organized two events where I shared the Earth Charter, one of them with students of St. Francis College, and the other with Little Flower College. More than 100 students participated in each event with a number of professors and the university head.

The first two days I was in Ahmedabad visiting the CEE headquarters, meeting with their staff and offering a workshop on the Earth Charter and Education for school teachers. An important local newspaper wrote an article about one of this workshops (find it here).

In Ahmedabad and COP 11.

I felt inspired to see their work especially because they are working on ESD but from a human rights entry point. I actually think this is quite a unique project given that the majority of ESD efforts start from an environmental angle. The Montfort Social Institute has a number of schools in India and also works with this Center that is focused on empowering and supporting underprivileged people in India. For instance, they have a project that is to offer leadership and empowerment workshops for domestic workers in Hyderabad. To complement this, they are also helping the process of drafting stronger national laws to strengthen the rights of domestic workers.

Another important activity where I was able to participate was the Judicial Colloquim on Biodiversity, organized by the Secretariat of the CBD, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), UNEP and other partners. In this activity, Kartikeya Sarabhai, CEE Director and ECI Council and I had the opportunity to bring the Earth Charter to the table with Judges of mostly Asian countries and academics from WCEL. This event took place on 13 October.

Then we travelled to Hyderabad to participate in the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development, from 13 to 14 October, organized by CEE. The purpose of this effort was to stress that this COP process should really look at the importance of education in the process of implementing CBD and in linking the UN efforts on ESD with Education for biodiversity. This event was attended by about 280 participants.

“ Re-affirming the overall goal of the UN DESD, which is to integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning to encourage changes in behavior towards a more sustainable and just society for all. In this context, we recognize and strongly encourage the promotion and adoption of the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development within the new CBD educational strategy .”

Judicial Colloquium on Biodiversity.

Then we traveled to Hyderabad to participate in the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development, from October 13th to 14th October, organized by CEE. The purpose of this meeting was to stress that the Conference of Parties (COP) process should really look at the importance of education in the process of implementing the CBD and in linking the UN efforts on ESD with Education for biodiversity. This event was attended by about 280 participants.

Experiences with Montfort Social Institute.

Another important activity that I was able to attend was the Judicial Colloquium on Biodiversity, organized by the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the CBD, and other partners. In this activity, Kartikeya Sarabhai, CEE Director, and I had the opportunity to share the Earth Charter with participants, some Judges from Asian countries and academics from WCEL. This event took place on October 13th.

The MSI organized two events where I talked about the Earth Charter, one of them was with students of St. Francis College and the other one Little Flower College, more than 100 students participated in each event.

“ Re-affirming the overall goal of the UN DESD, which is to integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning to encourage changes in behavior towards a more sustainable and just society for all. In this context, we recognize and strongly encourage the promotion and adoption of the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development within the new CBD educational strategy .”

During this conference I had the opportunity to share about the Earth Charter while chairing a plenary session on ESD and Values which had the participation of Mr. R. Rajamani, former Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, Bernard Combes, UNESCO, Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe youth leader from Kenya and India’s Leading Biologist Padma Bhushan Dr. P.M. Bhargava, founder and former Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Vice Chairman of National Knowledge Commission. This was a very enriching panel that stressed the need of bringing ethical values into education experiences.

On October 11th, I dedicated the day to learn about the projects of our ECI Affiliate in Hyderabad, the Montfort Social Institute (MSI) and their Center for Education on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, which is led by Varghese Theckanath.

The first two days I was in Ahmedabad visiting the CEE headquarters, meeting with their staff and offering a workshop on the Earth Charter and Education for school teachers. The Times of India wrote an article about this workshops (find it here). We explored ways that the Earth Charter can be infused as part of current efforts.

During this conference I had the opportunity to talk about the Earth Charter while chairing a plenary session on ESD and Values, which was attended by Mr. R. Rajamani, former Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, Bernard Combes, UNESCO, Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe, youth leader from Kenya, India’s Leading Biologist Padma Bhushan, and Dr. P.M. Bhargava, founder and former Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Vice Chairman of National Knowledge Commission. This was a very enriching panel that stressed the need of bringing ethical values into education experiences.

On 11 October, I took the whole day to see the projects of our ECI Affiliate in Hyderabad, the Montfort Social Institute and their Center for Education on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, which is led by Varghese Theckanath, a Upeace alumni.

From 8 to 14 October, I was in India to attend a number of workshops and meetings organized by the Center for Environment Education (CEE), which is affiliated to the Earth Charter International (ECI), and also visited the Montfort Social Institute, ECI Affiliate, and learned what they are doing in Hyderabad.

Mirian Vilela Director Earth Charter International Secretariat.

14:25 Opening remarks Naohisa Okuda , Director, Global Biodiversity Strategy Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (Presidency of COP 10)

14:15 Coffee & Tea.

The Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva were invited to attend the briefing by Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and government represenatives, on the preparations, process, and main issues to be discussed in Nagoya.

After opening remarks by the Japan representative (presidency of COP10), the Indian representative (presidency of COP11), presented the preparations of the upcoming Conference of the Parties venue. The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biodiversity highlited then the important outcomes of the Nagoya Summit and the expectations of the Hyderabad meeting. Mobilization of resources will be one of the key points to be discussed in India.

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012. This meeting is taking place during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, which serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

AGENDA.

14:20 Welcome and I ntroduction Jan Dusik , Acting Director, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP.

14:35 Preparations of COP-11 M.F. Farooqui , Special Secretary, Ministry of Env, India (Presidency of COP 11)

COP 11 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high-level segment will take place from 17 to 19 October 2012.

14:45 Presentation of COP-11 Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias , Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity.