[sc:b] The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.
HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji along with delegates of VT attended the prestigious Summit where HH stressed the importance of conservation of biodiversity for the very existence of human beings.
At the meeting, the Government of India assumed the Presidency of Conference of Parties (COP) 11. During their term, which runs from 2012 until 2014, the Government of India will preside over the implementation of the work of the Convention, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. [sc:/b]
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