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UN Biodiversity Conference - Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

2-17 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

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Participants arriving at the High-Level Segment

IISD Reporting Services - COP 2016On Friday, 2 December 2016, the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) opened in Cancún, Mexico. Ministers and Heads of Delegation met in plenary in the morning. Two roundtables on agriculture and tourism convened in parallel in the afternoon, moderated by José Calzada, Minister of Agriculture, Mexico and Enrique de la Madrid, Minister of Tourism, Mexico, respectively.

The fourth Midori Prize for Biodiversity honoring outstanding contributions to conservation and sustainable use at local and global levels was awarded to Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, Mexico; Yury Darman, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Russia; and Vandana Shiva, Founder and Director, Navdanya, India.

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Margarita Astralaga, IFAD, in conversation with Juan Mateos
and Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico


Opening Plenary of the High-Level Segment

View of the High-Level Segment plenary



Chun Kyoo Park, Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea


Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico



Helen Clark, Administrator,
UN Development Programme (UNDP)


Miguel Ruíz Cabañas, Vice-Minister of
Multilatreal Affairs and Human Rights,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


Naoko Ishii,
CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)



Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests, Romania,
and incoming Executive Secretary, CBD



Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)


Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UN World Torurism Organization (UNWTO)



Inger Andersen, Director-General, IUCN


Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)



Gino Van Begin, Secretary-General, ICLEI
- Local Governments for Sustainability


Elisa Romano Dezolt, Chair, CBD Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity


José Sarukhán Kermez, National Coordinator, National Commission
for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity of Mexico (CONABIO)


Maria Eugenia Choque Quispe, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Issues (UNPFII)


Christian Schwarzer and Melina Sakiyama, representatives of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)



L-R: Midori Prize winners Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, Mexico; Yury Darman,
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Russia; and Vandana Shiva, Founder and Director, Navdanya, India

HLS Round Tables: Agriculture and Tourism

José Calzada, Minister of Agriculture, Mexico, moderated the roundtable
on Agriculture



Luis Urriza, Undersecretary of Agriculture, Argentina


Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation, New Zealand


Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary for Environment, Norway


Delegates at the roundtable on agriculture


Barbara Pompili, Minister of State for Biodiversity, France



Yoshihiro Seki, State Minister of Environment, Japan


Joshua Wycliffe, Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Fiji


Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UN World Tourism Organization
and Enrique de la Madrid, Minister of Tourism, Mexico


Delegates at the roundtable on tourism

COP13 Snapshots

Participants from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and UNEP





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