A Symposium on the Launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 (GBO3) and the Japan Biodiversity Outlook (JBO), entitled Current Status of Biodiversity, Life in Harmony, into the Future, was held at the United Nations University (UNU) Headquarters in Tokyo on 10 May 2010. A summary of the status of biodiversity on a global scale was released simultaneously in different parts of the world.
This symposium was co-organized by the UNU, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Tokyo was one of the 12 places around the world where the launch of GBO3 took place on the same day, organised in collaboration with SCBD and the UNEP Regional Offices. The launch of JBO, which was developed under the auspices of MOEJ, was synchronised with the launch of GBO3 [ For more information about GBO3, please click here
The symposium was attended by about 300 people with various backgrounds including researchers, NGOs, the media, private sectors and diplomats, making this event a good occasion for the discussion on mainstreaming biodiversity into different sectors of the society. A video message from MISIA, a Japanese singer and songwriter and the Honorary Ambassador for the COP10, also appeared on the screen.
Agenda and Meeting Documents
Summary of the Symposium
The Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 and the Post-2010 Target (EN)
A.H.Zakri, Science Advisor to the Government of Malaysia / Co-Chair, GBO3 Scientific Review Panel download
Japan Biodiversity Outlook (EN and JP)
Tohru Nakashizuka, Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University / Chair, JBO Science Committee download
Japan’s Action ? COP10 and Beyond (EN and JP)
Tsunao Watanabe, Deputy Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan download
Values of Biodiversity and its Evaluation (JP)
Kazuhiko Ueta, Professor, Graduate School of Economics / Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University download
Recommendation for post COP10 from Civil Society Sector (JP)
Masahito Yoshida, Chair, Japan Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) / Co-Chair, Japan Civil Network for Convention on Biological Diversity download
Actions to be Taken – from the Perspectives of Private Sectors, Citizens and the Media (JP)
Kaori Fujita, Biodiversity Producer, EcoManagement Forum, Nikkei Business Publications download