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European Commission

Janez Potočnik

European Commissioner for the Environment

Closing Statement

The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity Hyderabad

20 October 2012

Madame President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its 27 Member States, and Croatia.

Firstly, I would like to reiterate our sincere gratitude to you, Madame President, as well as to the Government and people of India, for having welcomed all of us here and for your valuable contribution to the success of this meeting.

The agreement reached today represents an essential contribution towards achieving the objectives of the Strategic Plan 2011 2020 and its 20 Aichi Targets. It is our common responsibility to meet the hopes of the people and of the international community in tackling the challenge of global biodiversity protection.

It was with great emotion that the European Union received last week the historic news of the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Even in these difficult times, biodiversity protection and its contribution to poverty alleviation and sustainable development are core elements of a more peaceful world.

Madame President,

the European Union and its Member States welcome all the important decisions that have been adopted here, often after challenging but always constructive negotiations, on issues such as, inter alia, the application of relevant biodiversity safeguards with regard to REDD+; better conservation and more sustainable use of marine biodiversity and the identification of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas; and the enhancement of cooperation and synergy within the three Rio Conventions and the biodiversity-related conventions.

On the crucial issue of resource mobilisation, the European Union and its Member States stand behind the commitments they made at COP10 to substantially increase financial, human and technical resources globally from all possible sources, including innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity, balanced with the effective implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Strategic Plan, against an established baseline.

In this regard, the European Union and its Member States, together, commit to doubling biodiversity international financial resource flows to partner countries by 2015.

Madame President,

The European Union and its Member States want to express their sincere gratitude to all Parties for having done their outmost to contribute to the successful outcome of this 11th Conference of the Parties;

We look very much forward to continue working with all of you. I wish all of you safe home.

Thank you for your attention.

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