Three meetings critical to crafting an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework, needed to accelerate the transformations needed to safeguard the health of the planet, will take place in Geneva from March 14-29.
The meetings are as follows: Resumed sessions of the physical meetings of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24); third meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 3); and the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3).
What are we talking about ?
SBSTTA-24: The meeting resumes to review and further develop the follow-up approach to the post-2020 framework.
The meeting also focuses on synthetic biology, risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms, the work program of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and is expected to adopt draft recommendations for these issues prepared during the first part of COP-15.
Issues for discussion and consideration for possible adoption include marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and agriculture, biodiversity and health, and invasive alien species.
The agenda for SBI-3 is the resumed meeting which aims to complete its work on key contributions to the post-2020 framework and lay a solid foundation for its adoption at the second part of COP-15.
Agenda items include ensuring that the framework can mobilize and increase finance for biodiversity, better align investments with the needs of nature and people, and facilitate the disclosure of risks and impacts for nature.
The meeting to advance its work on the mechanisms needed to monitor, report and review implementation. Delegates will also refine plans to build countries’ capacities to manage and conserve their biodiversity resources, benefit from ecosystem services and achieve the framework’s targets.
They will also advance plans to build public awareness and awareness to support action on biodiversity and to ensure that the new framework fully supports gender equality and women’s equal access to the leadership, participation and decision-making.
SBI-3 also continues its work on the implementation of the other instruments of the Convention, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, and the Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions relating to traditional knowledge.
During WG2020-3, discussions will focus on agreeing on the actions needed to achieve 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 tackling the five drivers of biodiversity loss, which include land and sea use change, unsustainable exploitation, climate change, pollution and invasive alien species, as well as tackling relevant indirect factors such as unsustainable production and consumption.
Just before the start of negotiations on the global biodiversity framework, led by former US Senator Russ Feingold and made up of eight former heads of state, two former prime ministers, six former ministers and four environmental, indigenous and local experts, The Campaign for Nature’s Global Steering Committee said the success of an upcoming global biodiversity deal depends on adopting the science-backed 30×30 global target.
In a statement to IANS on Thursday, they urged governments that have yet to endorse the global 30×30 target to join the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC), a group of countries advocating for the target at the global scale.
Many GSC members come from countries that have not yet signed up to support the HAC, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and Iceland.
Currently, HAC members include more than 85 countries from Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and beyond.