Third Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity
Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel, 555 McMillan Avenue, Montréal (Québec)
OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Third Meeting of the Global Partnership
for Business and Biodiversity, hosted jointly by the Canadian Business
and Biodiversity Council and the United Nations Secretariat of the
Convention on Biological Diversity, is being held in Montreal, October
Businesses in Canada and around the world need to play a lead role in
conserving the planet's biodiversity. The purpose of the Montreal
meeting is to provide businesses and other stakeholders with the
encouragement and information needed to facilitate mainstreaming of
biodiversity in their general activities, provide a forum for
businesses and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and give feedback
and recommendations to global and national decision makers and
strengthen the Global Partnership by bringing together the national and
"The lives and livelihoods of all people, including Canadians, depend on
the goods and services that nature provides. In order to maintain
global economic wealth in the long term we must ensure that our
business interests are pursued in harmony with our environmental goals.
I am encouraged by the excellent response of business and other
stakeholders at this meeting and congratulate them in taking positive
steps toward the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity,"
said Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary,
Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Twenty five countries are participating in this one and one half day
event in Montreal. Panel sessions are across business sectors and
include agriculture, extractives, standards, safeguards and mechanisms,
access and benefit sharing, supply chain, retail/consumer goods,
sustainable public procurement and engagement of stake holders.
Presentation and discussion topics range from conservation and
sustainable use policies, rehabilitation of sites and species to
research projects funded and implemented by multi-stakeholder
"It is very encouraging to see global companies, including Canada,
taking action to promote the sustainable use and conservation of
biodiversity in so many ways. I hope this meeting inspires other
businesses across all sectors, including small and medium-size
enterprises, to get involved in the sustainable use and conservation of
our natural resources" says Luc Robitaille, Corporate Director
Environment, Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Chair of the Canadian Business
and Biodiversity Council.
To learn more about the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council
please visit our website at www.businessbiodiversity.ca or contact Reg Melanson, Executive Director, by phone at (613)
203-0063, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council
For further information:
Executive Director, Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council
Phone: (613) 203-0063