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After six intense days of deliberation, delegates acknowledged that they are still far from agreement on a new global biodiversity framework. A fifth meeting of the Working Group is now likely and, in the view of many participants, necessary.
Delegates prepared the foundations for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, which must adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) later this year. Work on the GBF progressed slowly so delegates had no choice but to schedule a fourth meeting of the Working Group in Nairobi in June 2022.
Delegates have the task to set the path for a sustainable future by systemizing actions to ensure a transformative change that rebuilds our relationship with nature, and keep momentum alive for adopting an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework when the Conference resumes in 2022.
Countries have until 15 October 2021 to express support for the Ministerial statement that emerged from last week's high-level meeting.
After six weeks of virtual negotiations, delegates agreed approval of any draft decisions will be postponed until parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity can meet in person, to finalize preparations for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, more than 1,400 representatives of parties and observers met online to advance preparations for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, scheduled for October 2021 in China. Adoption of final draft decision documents was deferred until the meeting can resume in person.
To maintain momentum and move towards the successful development of a new framework for global biodiversity governance, the Convention on Biological Diversity convened an informal meeting in preparation for the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation focused on implementation-related matters, with the post-2020 global biodiversity framework taking central stage.
Over the course of six days, the Convention on Biological Diversity held an informal meeting in preparation for the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) where participants could comment on the SBSTTA 24 agenda items, however, no negotiations took place.
Parties adopted an interim budget for the Biodiversity Convention, the Cartagena Protocol, and the Nagoya Protocol since the current budget runs out on 31 December 2020 and there is a pressing need to keep the Secretariat operating and enable parties to pay their dues in 2021.
To maintain momentum ahead of the United Nations Biodiversity Summit on 30 September 2020 and COP 15 in 2021, the CBD convened a series of special virtual sessions. It began with bad news for global biodiversity. The launch of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, a final report card on progress against the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted in 2010 with a 2020 deadline, starkly announced that none of the targets will be met.