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last updated: 16 Nov 2010

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
413, Saint Jacques Street, suite 800
Montreal, QC
H2Y 1N9, Canada
  • +1 514 288 2220
  • +1 514 288 6588
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UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
  • 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
  • Biosafety and Biotechnology
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
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
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