Biodiversity: International Affairs

Numerous global and regional agreements have been concluded to arrest the decline and ensure the sustainable use of global biodiversity and ecosystems. In the current decade, the efforts made by all of these agreements target the implementation of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the attainment of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020. In 2022, it is planned to establish a new global biodiversity framework to replace the Strategic Plan, which has now expired.

International Agreements

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was established on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 are important supplementary agreements which have been adopted under the umbrella of the CBD.

Switzerland's activities

Switzerland would like to continue its commitment to the area of biodiversity to ensure that the various biodiversity-related agreements are effectively implemented. This involves strengthening synergies and ensuring the coherent design of the implementation of the CBD and its international instruments and finance mechanism.

Further information

Last modification 10.06.2022

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