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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender. The Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions met on 11 April 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

The Biodiversity-related Conventions Liaison Group met on 13 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting addressed activities undertaken in support of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and preparation for the UN Decade for Biodiversity.

Other reports included in the Bulletin address: signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS); the expert meeting on the modalities of operations of the ABS Clearing-House, held from 11-14 April 2011, in Montreal, Canada; the meeting of the Biosafety Clearing-House Informal Advisory Committee, held from 30 March-1 April 2011, also in Montreal; the coordination meeting for governments and organizations implementing and/or funding biosafety capacity-building activities, held from 4-6 April 2011, in Chisinau, Moldova; the Central and Eastern European regional training of trainers' workshop on the identification and documentation of living modified organisms (LMOs), held from 11-14 April 2011, in Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Asia regional workshop on biodiversity and finance in support of the Nagoya outcomes, held on 8 April 2011, in Da Lat, Vietnam; the second regional capacity-building workshop on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), held from 15-19 April 2011, on the Isle of Vilm, Germany; and the South America regional workshop on biodiversity and finance in support of the Nagoya outcomes, held on 30 April 2011, in Cartagena, Colombia. [Publication: Monthly Bulletin of Activities of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Issue No. 4/2011]