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Dr. David Cooper is Director, Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, where he coordinates science-based inputs to the Convention, including through its scientific subsidiary body (SBSTTA). He also leads work to promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. He was Secretary of the successful tenth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties, Nagoya, Japan, October 2010, which adopted the Strategic Plan and its twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Previously he worked on supporting countries in implementing their national biodiversity strategies and action plans. He has also led the development of the Convention's Programme of Work on Agricultural Biodiversity and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Earlier he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, for the non-governmental organization GRAIN and in the Agricultural Research Council of the United Kingdom.

Dr Cooper was a lead author for the Biodiversity Synthesis of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as well as the chapters on food and agricultural ecosystems. He was part of the writing team for the second and third editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and the main author of the first report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. He has edited four books on agricultural biodiversity and has written numerous papers on the biodiversity science and policy.

Dr Cooper holds an MA in Agricultural and Forest Sciences and a D.Phil in Plant Physiology, both from the University of Oxford.

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