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Publicly accessible video content from the meetings will be streamed and made available on our YouTube channel.

Furthermore, the Government of Colombia is planning to convene a high-level event in the margins of the meeting. Further information on the organization and modalities of this important high-level event will be made available, shortly.

Governments and stakeholders completed the first round of negotiations on the zero draft of a global framework in February 2020, at the second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group. The Working Group’s contact groups produced detailed suggestions on all the aspects of the draft framework. At that time, delegates organised the results of their discussions according to the following themes:

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in consultation with the Government of Colombia, as host of the WG2020-3, decided to convene the meeting virtually. This is an exceptional measure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Participation in WG2020-3

Plenary sessions will be limited to three hours each day. Details about the virtual meeting’s procedures, will be made available in the coming weeks, with the overall meeting schedule provided in due course. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties is in consultation with participants and stakeholders, to ensure an inclusive and transparent process.

The Open-Ended Working Group will be held virtually from 23 August to 3 September 2021. This process is expected to lead to the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the UN Biodiversity Conference later this year, in Kunming, China.

Parties to the CBD are working to develop a new blueprint for life on Earth — the #post2020 global #biodiversity framework.

Anticipated Discussions

Learn more about the meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, from 23 Aug. to 3 Sep.

The Co-chairs of the Working Group and the Secretariat released a first draft of the global biodiversity framework in July 2021. The framework “builds on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020” and aims to bring about a “transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.”

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According to the initial timetable for the negotiations leading up to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework was to be made available in summer 2020. It was finally published in July 2021. Since the end of August, discussions involving different types of stakeholders (Parties, experts, civil society) have resumed at a steady pace, between the 3rd session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-3) and the IUCN World Conservation Congress. And the way ahead has now been defined: China will host a first segment of COP15 in October (11-15), followed by a resumption of face-to-face negotiations in early 2022 in Switzerland, prior to the expected adoption of the post-2020 framework in spring. The race is now on to finalize the future global biodiversity framework, which aims for the ambitious goal of “living in harmony with nature” and should define practical applications to achieve this vision.

The first draft: a solid basis for negotiation, providing valuable input to debates

OEWG-3, originally scheduled to take place in Cali, Colombia, was held online from August 23 to September 3. Discussions were based on the first draft and, despite the restrictive online format, allowed delegations and observers to make new proposals.
The first draft, generally considered as a step towards the adoption of a post-2020 framework in Kunming, was first subject to general comments: the delegations wanted the text, goals and targets to be simple and understandable by stakeholders, to guarantee the implementation of the framework and its appropriation by all. The structure of the text (goals-milestones-targets) also received comments: some delegations highlighted the need to move towards more “aspirational” goals and targets that are as action-oriented as possible, while others insisted on the need for a better overall structuring of the framework.

New proposals and sustained strong opposition

The first draft of the CBD’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (hereinafter first draft) updates the original zero draft to take account of the discussions of the scientific and implementation subsidiary bodies (SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3) that took place online in spring 2021. The document is structured in three main parts: (i) four long-term goals to 2050, corresponding to the three CBD objectives1 and their implementation, (ii) ten milestones to 2030 and (iii) action-oriented targets to 2030.
The new text is much more precise than the previous version: square brackets have been removed and it proposes tangible and quantified actions to reduce pressures on biodiversity, based on the latest science2. For example, it contains: