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Nations reconvene in Nairobi to advance text of proposed Global Biodiversity Framework

A meeting critical to advancing an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard nature will resume in-person in Kenya in June 2022.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-4) resumes its work at the UN Complex in Nairobi from June 20 to 26, seeking agreement on:

  • Actions to reach the 2050 Vision of living in harmony with nature in line with the milestones of the 2030 Agenda
  • This includes addressing the five drivers of biodiversity loss – land sea use change, unsustainable exploitation, climate change, pollution, and invasive alien species – and relevant indirect drivers such as unsustainable production and consumption
  • Defining how international performance will be tracked and reported, and ultimately how success will be defined and measured
  • Resource mobilisation and financial mechanisms, and
  • Access to digital sequence information from genetic resources and sharing the benefits from their use.

The current draft text of the Framework is available here. It includes medium-term milestones to 2030, as well as four goals and 21 targets for addressing both direct and indirect drivers of biodiversity loss.

The framework is expected to be adopted at a resumed UN Biodiversity Summit later this year in Kunming, China, which includes the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China is made up of:

  • the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (cbd.int/meetings/COP-15);
  • the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (cbd.int/meetings; COPMOP-10), and

the 4th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (www.cbd.int/meetings/NP-MOP-04).

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