Activity 5: Coordinate activities

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Coordinate efforts at World Heritage property level to mitigate and adapt to climate change with other Conventions and international bodies: World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 4 and WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 (Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Properties) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Establish thematic, regional and global linkages and cooperation to understand, access, fund and implement mitigation and adaptation strategies, actions, tools and/or policy projects: World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 4 and WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 (Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Properties) SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Participate in the United Nations Climate Change conferences with a view to achieving a comprehensive post-Kyoto agreement: World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 8
  • Link national focal points for the various conventions and programmes: World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 (Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses) SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Ensure that training courses on risk assessments, reporting, adaptation and monitoring are coordinated with other international institutions, Advisory Bodies, and secretariats of other conventions: World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 (Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses) SEE COMMENTARY 4
  • Review the paper prepared jointly by the secretariats of the UNCCD, the CBD and the UNFCCC on options for enhanced cooperation among the three Rio Conventions: UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 1 SEE COMMENTARY 5
  • Take into consideration UNCCD COP decisions relating to synergies in deliberations on the UNFCCC and CBD: UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 2 SEE COMMENTARY 6
  • Promote the coordination of activities undertaken within the framework for capacity building in developing countries: UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.7, 1 and UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.7, Annex (framework for capacity building in developing countries) SEE COMMENTARY 7
  • Assess and coordinate activities on coral reefs that have been agreed within multilateral environmental agreements: CBD Decision VII/5, 5 and CBD Decision VII/5, Annex I (elaborated programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 8
  • Develop, support, and review pilot and/or ongoing projects involving joint actions within the objectives of the three Rio conventions, the Ramsar Convention, WHC, CMS, and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements in order to promote better understanding and functioning of synergy among these: CBD Decision VIII/30, 6.
  • Facilitate cooperation among international organizations, and promote the integration of biodiversity concerns into all relevant sectors by coordinating their national positions among the various conventions and other international forums in which they are involved: CBD Decision VIII/16, 1.
  • Promote, as appropriate, coordination among national focal points for the UNFCCC, the UNCCD and the CBD with a view to achieving synergies on cross-cutting activities, and seek funding from GEF for these activities where appropriate: CBD Decision VIII/16, 2.
  • Ensure the fullest cooperation and communication between national focal points for the biodiversity related conventions and representatives of those sectors or groups that are responsible for the drivers of change in the biological diversity of inland water ecosystems: CBD Decision VIII/20, 4.
  • By 2006, identify the Pan-European Ecological Network on coherent indicative maps as a European contribution towards a global ecological network: Kiev Resolution no. 4
  • Agreements concluded with third countries to the Kyoto Protocol which have ratified the Protocol to provide for the mutual recognition of allowances between the Community scheme and other greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: EU Directive 2003/87/EC, Article 25
  • Ensure full use of existing legal, administrative and socio-economical mechanisms at the international, national, regional and local level: PEBLDS (no. 1.3)
  • Formulate a comprehensive strategic programme for coordination of meteorological programmes: COMESA Decision 10/38

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Author Commentary 1

World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 4 and WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 : This refers to II.B. Synergies with Other International Conventions and Organizations. WHC Decision 31 COM 7.1, 6 recommends to read WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 in conjunction with the report on “Predicting and managing the impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, II, and the “Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, Annex 4.

Author Commentary 2

World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 4 and WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 : This refers to II.B. Synergies with Other International Conventions and Organizations. WHC Decision 31 COM 7.1, 6 recommends to read WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 in conjunction with the report on “Predicting and managing the impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, II, and the “Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, Annex 4.

Author Commentary 3

World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 : This refers to II. D. Collaboration, cooperation, and sharing best practices and knowledge 20.c) i).

Author Commentary 4

World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 : This refers to II. D. Collaboration, cooperation, and sharing best practices and knowledge 21.b) ii). The main objective of the Strategy to Assist States Parties to Implement Appropriate Management Responses is to review the main topics that should be considered when preparing to implement preventive and/or collective management responses to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change, II. A. Preamble: Objectives and requirements, 12.

Author Commentary 5

UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 1
The paper, entitled “Options for enhanced cooperation among the three Rio Conventions” is available as FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.19 [http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2004/sbsta/inf19.pdf].

Author Commentary 6

UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 1
The paper, entitled “Options for enhanced cooperation among the three Rio Conventions” is available as FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.19 [http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2004/sbsta/inf19.pdf].

Author Commentary 7

UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.7, 1
UNFCCC Decisions 2/CP.7, Annex
This refers to Paragraph 19(d) and is directed at developing country Parties. Suggested means of coordination include national coordinating mechanisms, focal points, and national coordinating entities.

Author Commentary 8

CBD Decision VII/5, 5
CBD Decision VII/5, Annex I
This refers to subparagraph 4(b)(v) of Appendix 1, specific work plan on coral bleaching.

Author Commentary 9

The ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action on the Environment has been drafted in order to attain this goal. This obligation is duplicated in the Sustainable Use module [Legislative Measures and National Policies].

Author Commentary 10

The ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action on the Environment has been drafted in order to attain this goal. This obligation is duplicated in the IAS module [Cooperation].