WGRI-5 – Montreal 2014

GYBN Delegation at WGRI-5 – Montreal, Canada – June 16th to 20th 2014


The Fifth meeting of the Ad-Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI-5) took place in Montreal, Canada from June 16th to 20th  2014. Thanks to support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, GYBN was able to send a small delegation to the negotiations that also participated in the subsequent SBSTTA-18 meeting.


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Jointly organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and the CBD Alliance, the side event focussed on how engagement by youth, civil society organizations as well as indigenous peoples and local communities adds value to the CBD-process. It looked at ways and platforms for stakeholders to contribute to the process and present ideas on how stakeholder engagement could be further improved. It also provided insights about obstacles and problems that are limiting stakeholder participation in the CBD.

Presentations were given on the following subjects:




On Thursday, June 19th 2014, the GYBN Delegation met with Braulio Dias, the Executive Secretary of the CBD. The youth delegates described GYBN’s activities over the past two years since COP11 in Hyderabad and asked for input on future ideas for the network. These ideas included our role in the negotiations and how GYBN can act as a capacity-building tool at both the negotiations and at the local level.



Dayna Intervention WGRI

1) Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) delivered on Tuesday, June 17th 2014 by Melina and Swetha

Text: GYBN Intervention on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the SDGs

2) Cooperation with other Conventions delivered on Wednesday, June 18th 2014 by Dayna and Christian

Text: GYBN Intervention on Cooperation with other Conventions

3) Stakeholder Engagement delivered on Wednesday June 18th 2014 by Dayna and Christian, video:

Text: GYBN Intervention on Stakeholder Engagement

4) GYBN Statement in the WGRI Closing Plenary delivered on Friday, June 20th 2014 by Melina and Swetha

Text: GYBN Statement in the WGRI Closing Plenary


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