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Workshop on synergies and cooperation with other conventions
2 - 4 July 2003


These combined SBI - SBSTA workshops are being organized in response to a request made by the Conference of the Parties (COP) and a further request made by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

Mandates of the workshops on synergies and cooperation with other Conventions

The SBI workshop was requested by (PDF) decision 5/CP.7 of the Conference of the Parties (COP). The objective of the SBI workshop is to address possible synergies and joint action with the other multilateral environmental conventions and agreements. These will be covered through presentations by relevant international entities and detailed discussions on synergies in three specific sectors: food security, water resources and ecosystems; for which panel discussions will be set up to promote an interactive dialog among the workshop participants. The outcome of the workshop will be reported to the Conference of the Parties at its ninth session.

The SBSTA, at its seventeenth session, requested the secretariat, in cooperation with other members of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) to organize a workshop as a first step in the process of enhancing collaboration between the conventions. The objectives of this workshop are to prepare guidance to the national focal point of each convention and to contribute to enhancing coordination and communication between them; and to identify options to increase cooperation and capture synergies among the conventions using existing channels, particularly the exchange of information, in areas such as technology transfer, education and outreach, research and systematic observation, capacity-building, reporting, and impacts and adaptation.