Montréal, May 5, 2016 – At the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, announced that the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) would receive a $1.5-million grant over four years. The grant will help support and consolidate the activities of SCBD, a leading international organization headquartered in Québec.
“Based in Montréal, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has made remarkable advances over the past 20 years. Québec is extremely proud to be home to an organization that plays such a key role in protecting biological diversity. The renewed grant will provide the organization with the support it needs to fulfill its mission,” said the Minister.
In addition to contributing to Québec’s – and Montréal’s – international reputation, the UN organization generates $18.2 million in economic spin-offs per year and employs 117 people.
The grant is part of the Hospitality Policy introduced by the Government of Québec. Home to over 60 international organizations, Montréal ranks first in Canada and third in North America, behind New York City and Washington, D.C., as a host city for international organizations. In addition to significantly raising Québec’s international profile, these organizations generate over 1,500 good quality jobs, up to 80% in revenues from foreign sources, and an estimated $215 million in net annual economic benefits.
About the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Headquartered in Montréal since 1996, the CBD Secretariat was established to help governments implement the Convention and its work programs, and coordinate with other international organizations. The Convention on Biological Diversity focuses on the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is institutionally linked to the United Nations Environment Programme and currently employs 117 people in Montréal.