On 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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Opening Plenary of the High-Level Segment
View of the
High-Level Segment plenary
Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests, Romania,
and incoming Executive Secretary, CBD
Maria Eugenia Choque Quispe, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous
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
José Calzada, Minister of Agriculture, Mexico, moderated the roundtable
Delegates at the roundtable on agriculture
Barbara Pompili, Minister of State for Biodiversity, France
Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UN World Tourism Organization
and Enrique de la Madrid, Minister of Tourism, Mexico
Delegates at the roundtable on tourism
Participants from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and UNEP