Nations Convene in Geneva to Set Stage for UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15). Advance Text of Proposed Framework to Safeguard Nature
13 March 2022. Three meetings critical to developing an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard nature resume in-person sessions on Monday, 14 March in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The world is clearly eager for urgent action to protect nature,” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. “And we have no time to spare. Together we must ultimately deliver a truly historic agreement that puts us firmly on the path to living in harmony with nature.”
SBSTTA-24: Will advance discussions on a monitoring approach for the post-2020 framework. This includes marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and agriculture, biodiversity and health, and invasive alien species. Other issues include synthetic biology, living modified organisms risk assessment and management, and the work programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
SBI-3: Will complete its work on key inputs to the post-2020 framework and lay a firm foundation for its adoption and implementation thereafter at the resumed COP-15. The agenda includes ensuring the framework mobilizes and scales-up finance for biodiversity, better aligns investments with the needs of nature and people and facilitates the disclosure of risks and impacts for nature. Delegates will also advance work on the mechanisms to monitor, report, and review implementation, and to build countries ’ capacity to manage and conserve its biodiversity resources, benefit from ecosystem services, and achieve the framework’s targets. Plans will also be advanced to enhance outreach and public awareness to support biodiversity action, and ensure the framework fully supports rights-based approach and respect gender equality and equal access for women to leadership, participation and decision-making.
WG2020-3: Discussions will centre on agreeing action needed to reach the 2050 Vision of living in harmony with nature, defining how performance will be tracked and reported, and ultimately determining how success will be defined. 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. Other issues to be covered include resource mobilization, the financial mechanism, and access to digital sequence information from genetic resources and sharing the benefits from their use.