At COP 8 (meeting in conjunction with SBSTA 17, New Delhi, October/November 2002), Parties
requested the SBSTA to enhance cooperation with the subsidiary bodies of the UNCCD and CBD, and urged the JLG
to continue its efforts to enhance coordination between the three conventions and their secretariats. The COP
affirmed the need to invite the secretariat of the Ramsar Convention to share information and to participate
in the meetings of the JLG, as appropriate. At SBSTA 17, Parties agreed on terms of reference for a workshop
on cooperation with other conventions to be organized by the UNFCCC secretariat, in cooperation with the
secretariats of the UNCCD and CBD, and forwarded it to the SBI for consideration. The SBI agreed to
logistically merge its workshop on a related topic (workshop specified in decision 5/CP.7, paragraph 36), but
requested to keep the substantive items separate.
The two workshops on Possible synergy and
joint action with the other multilateral environmental conventions and agreements, and on Enhancing
cooperation with other conventions, were held from 2 - 4 July in Espoo, Finland (for the report see
SBSTA 19, among others, encouraged Parties to make use of the Report on Interlinkages between Biological
Diversity and Climate Change prepared by the Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on Biological Diversity and
Climate Change of the CBD. The Government of Italy expressed an invitation to the UNFCCC to actively
participate in the preparation of a workshop organized by the UNCCD and CBD on Forests and forest ecosystems: Promoting synergy in
the implementation of the three Rio Conventions, which was held from 5 - 7 April 2004 in Viterbo, Italy.
For SBSTA 20, the Report of the
fifth meeting of the JLG was made available to Parties as well as the following background
documentation provided by the UNCCD and CBD secretariats, respectively: Report of the workshop on Forests and
forest ecosystems: Promoting synergy in the implementation of the three Rio Conventions, organized by the
UNCCD and CBD, in cooperation with UNFCCC and Decision VII/15
Biodiversity and Climate Change and Extracts
from CBD decisions VII/15, VII/26, VII/30, VII/2, VII/4, VII/5, VII/27, VII/28, VII/13, VII/16 and
In response to the invitation contained in Decision
VII/15 of the CBD, SBSTA 20 concluded by recommending a draft conclusion to the COP, which was adopted by
the COP at its 10th session. This conclusion requested the secretariat to provide information to the JLG
on relevant activities that are mutually supportive of the objectives of the three Conventions and encouraged
Parties to enhance coordination at the national level by facilitating involvement of national experts and
sharing relevant information at the local and national levels.
In response to a request from the SBSTA, the secretariat made available at SBSTA 21
(December 2004), a paper on options for enhanced cooperation among the Rio Conventions (FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.19),
which was prepared jointly by the secretariats of the CBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC. This options paper was
considered by the JLG at its sixth meeting (October 2005, Bonn). At SBSTA 23 (November/December 2005)
the secretariat provided a report on the outcome of the consideration of the options paper by the JLG,
after which Parties submitted their views on this matter (see FCCC/SBSTA/2006/MISC.4 ) for
consideration at SBSTA 24. Both the options paper and the views expressed by Parties were welcomed
by the SBSTA at its 24th session.
At SBSTA 24, a written
statement by the Executive Secretary of the CBD secretariat provided information on some of the
outcomes of COP 8 of the CBD, including on the availability of the report of the
CBD’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate
Change. Following a request from SBSTA 23, the secretariat provided an oral report on the
outcome of the 14th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD
14) on the thematic cluster of energy for sustainable development, climate change, air
pollution/atmosphere and industrial development. For SBSTA 26, the secretariat has been requested to
inform Parties on the outcome of CSD 15.
SBSTA 26 noted with appreciation statements by representatives of the FAO, the
World Bank, UNDP, the CBD, the UNCCD secretariat and UNEP on their activities and efforts to address climate
change and their contributions to the work of the Convention. The SBSTA also noted with appreciation a
statement by the representative of the IPCC on the status of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and
welcomed the in-depth briefing held on 12 May 2007 on the reports of the three IPCC working groups.
SBSTA 28 took note of the statements by representatives of the IPCC and the secretariat
of the UNFF. The SBSTA also took note of written statements made available by the secretariat of the CBD and
by the IFRC.