Programme Assistant – G5 Rio Conventions Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion
Type of Contract: Temporary Assistant Duty Station: Montreal Duration: 6 months, with possible extension Application Deadline: 31 August 2010 Start Date: ASAP
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is one of the key agreements adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development – meeting our needs while ensuring that we leave a healthy and viable world for future generations. The Convention has 193 Parties and sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development.
The Secretariat of the Convention, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, is located in Montreal, Canada. A small, dynamic and multicultural office consisting of approximately 70 staff, its main tasks are to arrange for and service meetings of the Conference of the Parties, including the preparation of pertinent documentation, the operation of the international node of the clearing house mechanism, and the liaising and coordination with other international bodies and processes for the effective implementation of the Convention.
The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that approximately 20-30% of plant and animal species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5-2.5oC. In particular, climate change will cause changes in distribution, increased extinction rates, changes in relationships between species, changes in reproductive timings, and changes in length of growing seasons for plants. The results of these changes are already being observed.
The enhanced phase of implementation of the Convention, therefore, is closely linked to the use of biodiversity resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change while facilitating the maintenance of such resources in the face of our changing climate.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity United Nations Environment Programme 413 Saint-Jacques Street, Suite 800, Montreal, QC, H2Y 1N9, Canada
Tel : +1 514 288 2220, Fax : +1 514 288 6588