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Highlights and images for 23 May 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Students and delegates arriving for the morning plenary

Students and delegates arriving before the morning plenary

Delegates at the fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 4) focused their efforts on ensuring that no one is left behind and all parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as rights- and stakeholders, can meaningfully contribute to the CBD’s objectives and the effective implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). To achieve this, they devoted the day’s deliberations to issues around capacity building and development for the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing; technical and scientific cooperation; knowledge management; communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA); and cooperation with other conventions and international organizations.

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On capacity building and development, technical and scientific cooperation, the clearing-house mechanism, and knowledge management, many delegates welcomed the long-term strategic framework for capacity building, urging its alignment with parties’ priorities. Many further applauded the network of regional and subregional technical and scientific support centers. Disagreements arose on whether the CBD Secretariat should be designated as the global coordination entity, with Chair Chirra Achalender Reddy (India) establishing a contact group to address the issue.

SBI 4 Chair Chirra Achalender Reddy, India, and Neil Pratt, Meeting Secretary

SBI 4 Chair Chirra Achalender Reddy, India, and Neil Pratt, Meeting Secretary

On capacity building for the Nagoya Protocol, many parties welcomed the draft action plan.  Delegates and participants called for the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs), women, and youth in a culturally appropriate and gender responsive manner; and called for financial and technical support, including for IPLCs developing biocultural community protocols.

Delegates further highlighted the importance of CEPA for robust GBF implementation, emphasizing the need to align the CEPA process with GBF Goals and Targets. Many supported adopting the updated CEPA programme and urged development of a global plan of action for education on biodiversity, making relevant suggestions. Major Groups and other stakeholders underscored the key role of CEPA and nature-based education, and called for: transdisciplinary education; holistic and lifelong learning; considering informal education; and full and effective participation of IPLCs, women, and youth in the action plan on education.

View of the room during the morning plenary

View of the room during the morning plenary

Many emphasized the importance of cooperation with other conventions and international organizations. A few delegates urged recognizing the independent and autonomous nature of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), respecting their individual mandates. Many others urged strengthening cooperation with biodiversity-related and other relevant MEAs and organizations, tabling specific suggestions and highlighting the Bern III conference. Delegates further suggested strengthening coordination between the national focal points of the CBD and other MEAs.

View of the room during the Contact Group on Resource Mobilization

View of the room during the Contact Group on Resource Mobilization

In the evening, the contact group on resource mobilization held its first session, addressing options within the draft recommendations, including on the resource mobilization strategy, for effective GBF implementation.

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