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Offer to Host the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan

February 15, 2007

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Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of CBD (right) and the Senior Vice Minister of the Environment Tsuchiya (left)

The Government of Japan consented at a meeting of the Cabinet on January 16, 2007 to offer to host the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and related meetings in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture), Japan in 2010. On January 26, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, who was attending an international symposium in Japan, made a courtesy call to the Senior Vice Minister of the Environment Tsuchiya to exchange opinions on Japan's bid to host COP-10.

1 Cabinet Consent to Host the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Related Meetings in Japan

photo The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) aims for the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of its components. It is an important treaty for the protection of the earth, the foundation of human existence. The year 2010, the year in which COP-10 will be held, is also the target year for the 2010 Biodiversity Target. It will be a landmark year defining the international efforts in the conservation of biological diversity.

On January 16, 2007, the Cabinet consented on the following: the Government of Japan shall direct all concerned ministries and agencies to cooperate in the preparation to succeed in the bid for hosting the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP-5) in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture), Japan in 2010. The decision of which will be made in the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-9) to be held in Bonn, Germany in May 2008. The government shall further appeal to the concerned ministries and agencies to provide the necessary support for hosting ministerial level meetings, which are part of the COP, should Japan become the host country.

Following this Cabinet approval, Japan will announce candidacy to other signatory nations through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The venue of COP-10 will be determined in the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Germany in May 2008.

2 Courtesy Call to the Senior Vice Minister of the Environment Tsuchiya by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

photo Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, visited Japan to attend an international symposium "Convention on Biological Diversity - Linking National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan to the World-" organized by the World Conservation Union Japan. Mr. Djoghlaf made a courtesy call to the Senior Vice Minister of the Environment Tsuchiya on January 26, 2007.

Senior Vice Minister of the Environment Tsuchiya informed Mr. Djoghlaf that Japan will make every effort to work toward hosting COP-10 in Japan and that Japan is currently conducting a review aimed at drawing up the third National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan in 2007.

The Executive Secretary, Mr. Djoghlaf, thanked Japan for taking a proactive approach, including the offer to host COP-10 and revision of the National Strategy. Mr. Djoghlaf said that he would expect Japan to make as much contribution to the Convention on Biological Diversity as Japan had made to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change through the Kyoto Protocol.

The National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan (decreed on March 27, 2002)

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