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To further enhance synergies between the Rio Conventions, the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the secretariats of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will convene the Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion at CBD COP 10 (18-29 October 2010) in Nagoya, Japan. The Pavilion will also be held during the UNFCCC COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico (29 November – 10 December 2010 and in 2011 at the UNCCD COP 10 in the Republic of Korea and at the UNFCCC COP 17 in South Africa. The Rio Conventions’ secretariats will also extend the momentum of these collaborative outreach initiatives to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in 2012 (Rio +20).

The Pavilion contributes to enhanced awareness-raising, information sharing and outreach in the framework of the Rio Conventions (CBD COP Decision IX/16) and to enhancing collaboration between the Rio Conventions (UN General Assembly Resolution 64/203 of 14 December 2009).

The Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion, a collaborative outreach activity of the Rio Convention secretariats, is a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information sharing about the latest findings from science and practice on the linkages between biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

RATIONALE

Climate change within the CBD, in addition to being a key cross-cutting issue, is also integrated within all programmes of work of the Convention. As such, the CBD is an active contributor to processes within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly regarding the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries and technology transfer.

The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD acknowledged the increasing threats to biodiversity from climate change and the opportunities presented by adaptation and mitigation (reducing emissions from deforestation) to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources. As such, decision IX/16 was adopted on biodiversity and climate change including more than 20 requests to the Secretariat.

Following that decision the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice considered the in-depth review of implementation of the cross-cutting issue on biodiversity and climate change with a focus on filling information gaps, providing greater support for outreach and awareness raising and further enhancing synergies between the Rio Conventions.

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this position is to assist the preparation and organization of the Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion. This includes supporting colleagues in the development and implementation of activities related to the Pavilion, including supporting liaison with partners. The position will also contribute to the integration of climate change within the programmes of work and cross-cutting issues under the CBD.

The position offers an opportunity to gain international work experience and become acquainted with the implementation of a major United Nations multilateral environmental agreement and the intergovernmental processes this entails.

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