Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity was established (Article 24) to support the goals of the Convention. Its principal functions are to prepare for, and service, meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies of the Convention, and to coordinate with other relevant international bodies. SCBD staff is specialized in a variety of fields through the CBD thematic programmes of work and cross-cutting issues, and focuses on different aspects of the clear linkages between biodiversity and human well-being within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals and the 2010 Biodiversity Target.
Due to its expertise and ability to widely disseminate information, the SCBD has recently established, with the support of the French and German governments, an initiative that specifically demonstrates the benefits of biodiversity to development and poverty alleviation. This initiative, conducted by the ?Biodiversity for Development Unit?, is aimed at the integration of biodiversity into relevant development processes, such as sectoral policies, cross-sectoral strategies and programmes at the global, regional and national levels. Based on material available and supplied by a professional network of development organisations, the SCBD will develop a range of activities such as participation in and organisation of events, development of specific training modules, publication of educational material, online distribution of information, etc.