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New dates and venue for critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings, dates for UN Biodiversity Conference 2020 to be adjusted

The twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) will now be held 25 to 30 August 2020; and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3) will take place 1 to 6 September 2020. Both meetings will be held in Ottawa, Canada.

The two meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s permanent subsidiary bodies, previously scheduled for May 2020, have tentatively been rescheduled.

In addition, the workshop on the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-5) will be held on 23 August 2020, open to all participants of the SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3 meetings.

“The Secretariat and the Parties to the Convention take the health and safety of families seriously.  These changes maintain the needs of public and personal health while also keeping the momentum towards negotiation of a post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

“In active consultation with the Parties, through the Bureau, and in coordination with UNEP and all other UN system actors, we will continue to keep the situation under review” she said. 

As a consequence of these changes, the dates for the third meeting of the Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as well as for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and concurrent meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols will need to be adjusted. Alternative dates are presently being discussed with the host governments and the co-chairs for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

 

More Information:

Press Release 

Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation