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UN Biodiversity Convention announces new dates for resumed sessions of subsidiary bodies, working group

The physical meeting of the resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) scientific and implementation bodies, and the working group tasked with developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, have been rescheduled for March 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

“These three meetings are critical to developing an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework,” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary.

“As we prepare for these meeting, I want to remind everyone that words, even targets, are not enough. Pledges and commitments bring the most impact when they are matched with planned, prioritised and persistent actions. We have the responsibility to ensure that an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework is successfully negotiated, and that urgent action is taken to implement it.”

Originally scheduled for Geneva from January 12 to 28, 2022, the physical meetings of the resumed sessions of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24), the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) and the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) will now be held from March 13 to 29, 2022, at the International Conference Centre Geneva in Geneva.

In order to reconvene the meetings as soon as feasible, the Secretariat reportedly decided on the new dates following consultation with the Government of Switzerland, the COP Bureau, the Chairs of SBSTTA and SBI and the WG2020 Co-Chairs. The Secretariat will continue to monitor further developments, and issue updates on any changes and adjustments that may become necessary.

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