Co-Chairs of the Open Ended Working Group on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in December 2022

High Stakes as Negotiators Prepare for Montreal Talks

Push is on to clinch highly anticipated biodiversity framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is set to convene for its resumed Fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 15) from December 7 to 19, 2022, in Montreal, Canada, with negotiators working to clinch a new global biodiversity framework (GBF) that will set a series of goals and underlying targets for a "nature-positive future."

The previous set of goals and targets that have guided international biodiversity conservation efforts in recent years, the 20112020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its 20 Aichi Targets, expired in 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic stymying plans to already have a GBF ready to take their place.

The first part of the CBD COP 15 took place in Kunming, China, and online last year. While China is the meeting's host, travel restrictions and other challenges related to the pandemic led to the resumed COP 15 venue being moved to Montreal, where the CBD secretariat is located.

The IISD team will be actively engaged in COP 15, with reporting from our Earth Negotiations Bulletin team, as well as side events on topics ranging from nature and climate change adaptation to the use of inclusive wealth as a measure of progress and sustainability.

We will also be following the developments in Montreal closely for what they mean for addressing environmentally harmful subsidies; the final shape of the 30x30 target; the signals that COP 15 sends for scaling up nature-based solutions, including nature-based infrastructure; the linkages between nature-based solutions finance and climate finance; and how the results of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 27) can inform the Global Biodiversity Framework.

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Negotiators shaking hands at the UN biodiversity talks in 2022