Discussions at the virtual third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) took place between 23 August and 3 September 2021.
The positive and constructive exchanges, which took place during the meeting, bring the world closer to a clear, ambitious and transformative global framework necessary to accelerate the transformations needed to safeguard the health of the planet.
Delegates will continue their discussions during the resumed session in January 2022 in Geneva, where they hope to advance the framework in preparation for adoption at the UN Biodiversity Conference (fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP -15)) in Kunming, China, next year.
Plenaries and Contact Groups
Governments, together with a broad range of key stakeholder groups, engaged in in-depth discussions centred on refining all the goals, targets and elements needed to make the framework both ambitious and transformative, and to ensure that the Draft One of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, released in July 2021, now reflects the full range and richness of their views.
Biodiversity Pre-COP Colombia 2021
Delegates also helped build political momentum for COP-15 by convening a high-level Biodiversity Pre-COP event in the margins of the meeting, under the leadership of the Government of the Republic of Colombia, to promote the critical elements of the framework and ensure the level of ambition needed to safeguard and put biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030.
The Pre-COP, hosted by President Iván Duque Márquez of the Government of Colombia, as host of WG2020-3, saw the participation of heads of State and government, and included announcements of commitments by governments that are members of the High Ambition Coalition and signatories to the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature.
Closing Press Conference
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat hosted a news videoconference on Friday 3 September 2021, the final day of WG2020-3.
- Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
- David Cooper, Deputy Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
- Basile van Havre, Co-Chair, Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
- Francis Ogwal, Co-Chair, Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework