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Date of creation
2010-11-16 16:57 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-11-16 16:57 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
413, Saint Jacques Street, suite 800
Montreal, QC
Canada, H2Y 1N9
Phone:+1 514 288 2220
Fax:+1 514 288 6588
Url:Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
Thematic areas
Social, Economic and Legal Matters:

Access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing
Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices
Sustainable use of biodiversity
Economics and incentive measures
Sustainable tourism
International trade rules
Liability and redress

Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters:

Inland Waters Biodiversity
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Agricultural Biodiversity
Forest Biodiversity
Dry and Sub-humid Lands Biodiversity
Mountain Biodiversity
Island Biodiversity
Climate Change and Biological Diversity
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
Invasive Alien Species
Impact Assessment
Ecosystem Approach
Identification, Monitoring, Indicators and Assessments
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Protected Areas


Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Capacity Building & Outreach
Coordination Mechanism
Financial Mechanism
Public Awareness & Participation
Roster of Experts
Liability and Redress
National Biosafety Frameworks
Socio-Economic Considerations & Trade
Identification / Documentation
Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Post-release Monitoring
BCH & Information Sharing
National Reports

Implementation and Technical Support:

National biodiversity strategies and action plans
National reporting
The Clearing House Mechanism (CHM)
Financial resources and the financial mechanism
Interagency and Programme Coordination
Communication Education and Public Awareness
Major Groups
Local Authorities
Civil Society: Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Children & Youth, Women
Organization’s profile
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity was established (Article 24) to support the goals of the Convention. Its principal functions are to prepare for, and service, meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies of the Convention, and to coordinate with other relevant international bodies.

The Secretariat is institutionally linked to the United Nations Environment Programme, its host institution.

The Secretariat assists and provides administrative support to the COP, SBSTTA and other Convention bodies. It represents the day-to-day focal point for the Convention, organizes all meetings under the Convention, prepares background documentation for those meeting and facilitates the flow of authoritative information on the implementation of the Convention.

The Secretariat is comprised of the following divisions:

Office of the Executive Secretary
Social, Economic and Legal Matters
Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters
Implementation and Technical Support
Resource Management and Conference Services
Linked organizations
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), UNEP, Biosafety Project, Egypt
Egypt, 00100
Fax:+2 25274700
Url:Egypt BCH

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