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Fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

By Bean Interactive

The Subsidiary Body and its terms of reference were established by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26.

The first meeting of the SBI was held on 2-6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of:

(a) review of progress in implementation;

(b) strategic actions to enhance implementation;

(c) strengthening means of implementation; and

(d) operations of the convention and the Protocols.

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties serves as the Bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. The Chairperson of the Subsidiary Body is elected by the Conference of the Parties to ensure active participation in the preparatory process and facilitate the meetings. The Chairperson is elected at an ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, takes office from the end of that meeting and remains in office until a successor takes office at the end of the following ordinary meeting. The Chairperson is invited to preside over the sessions of the Bureau on matters related to the Subsidiary Body. At the resumed second part of its fifteenth meeting, held in October 2023, the Conference of the Parties elected Chirra Achalender Reddy (India) as Chairperson of the Subsidiary Body until the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

SBI-4 will consider the following agenda items: 

  • Review of implementation: progress in national target setting and the updating of national biodiversity strategies and action plans.
  • Mechanisms for planning, monitoring, reporting and review.
  • Resource mobilization and financial mechanism:
    • Resource mobilization;
    • Financial mechanism.
  • Capacity-building and development, technical and scientific cooperation, clearing-house mechanism and knowledge management under the Convention and its Protocols:
    • Capacity-building and development, technical and scientific cooperation, clearing-house mechanism and knowledge management;
    • Capacity-building and development action plan for the Nagoya Protocol.
  • Communication.
  • Cooperation with other conventions and international organizations.
  • Review of the effectiveness of the processes under the Convention and its Protocols.
  • Assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol (Article 31).
  • Long-term strategic approach to mainstreaming.
  • Review of the programmes of work of the Convention.
  • Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties.
  • Administrative and budgetary matters.