THE KUNMING-MONTREAL COP15 AGREEMENT: AFRICAN COUNTRIES AGAINST BEIJING
Late Sunday night, around 4 a.m. Montreal time, the Kunming-Montreal Agreement, or Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) for this decade, was adopted at COP15. COP15 President Huang Runqiu moved to adopt the agreement during the closing plenary along with a package of decisions relating to: a monitoring framework; planning, monitoring and review mechanisms; capacity building and technical cooperation initiatives; resource mobilisation; and digital sequencing information (DSI) of genetic resources.
COP15 STARTS A NEW WEEK: KEY ISSUES
COP15 is now in the thick of negotiations. Meanwhile, hundreds of people marched and protested in the streets of Montreal on Saturday, demanding an ambitious agreement to protect biodiversity. Let's take stock of some of the main issues being discussed at COP15.
COP15: START UP OF NEGOTIATIONS TO DEFEND NATURE AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS
COP15, the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, begins today in Montreal. During the fifth session of preparatory negotiations, which ended on Monday, December 5, countries' divergent positions remained polarized on most issues and no significant progress was achieved. We cannot afford to exit COP15 without an ambitious and transformative agreement, with adequate economic resources to support it and mechanisms for implementation and monitoring.
BIODIVERSITY FROM COP27 TO COP15
In a few weeks, COP15, the Conference on Biodiversity, will open, and it is important that it is also a central theme at COP27
COP15 BIODIVERSITY: THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AGREEMENT IS STILL NOT READY. MOVING TOWARDS A FIFTH NEGOTIATING SESSION
At the end of June, what was to be the fourth and final session of preparatory negotiations was held in Nairobi with a view to concluding COP15 at the end of 2022. In fact, after the March interim negotiations in Geneva, delegates had decided to schedule an additional negotiating session before COP15, held in Nairobi from June 21-26, 2022, further pushing back the closing date of COP15.