Talks on global plan to protect biodiversity begin in Nairobi

  1. Government officials, experts and activists from at least 100 countries began talks in Nairobi, Kenya to move towards a new global framework on biodiversity, post-2020.
  2. The 196 Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity are expected to adopt the new framework during their 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15), scheduled for October 2020 in Kunming, China.
  3. The framework represents the global plan to halt the alarming trends in the state of nature which has been highlighted by recent reports such as IPBES Global Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land
  4. The framework aims to set the world on the path towards living in harmony with nature by 2050. It builds on the UN Convention’s current Strategic Plan on Biodiversity (2011-2020)
  5. Recently, scientists have proposed a time-bound, science-based policy, titled “A Global Deal for Nature (GDN)”, to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth.
  6. Signed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. It has 3 main objectives: a) conservation of biological diversity, b)sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and c) fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources
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