The seventeenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 17) was held from 14 to18 October 2013 in Montreal. The report of this meeting is contained in document UNEP/CBD/COP/12/2, available at www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SBSTTA-17.
The agenda and format of SBSTTA 17 were designed to promote scientific and technical discussions and exchanges, thereby enabling an examination and exchange of experiences, from a scientific and technical perspective, of the use of tools and guidance for supporting implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and for the monitoring of progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
In its recommendation XVII/1, SBSTTA requested the Executive Secretary to conduct an evaluation of the approach and format used in SBSTTA 17, as part of his work in response to paragraph 2 of decision XI/10 on improving the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention and its Protocols, and to report to the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting. A first review document, including the results of the survey conducted at the end of SBSTTA 17, is contained in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/18/INF/1, available at www.cbd.int/sbstta.
To enable a more comprehensive evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the approach and format used in SBSTTA 17, and in order to guide the planning for future meetings of SBSTTA, I invite Parties and observer organizations to submit to the Secretariat (by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at: +1 514 288 6588), before 15 February 2014, the completed questionnaire contained in the annex to this notification.
The text of this notification is also available on the CBD website at: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2013/ntf-2013-124-sbstta-en.pdf