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High-Level Segment for Part Two of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference

The second part of the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference, including the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) as well as the concurrent meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, will take place, in person, in Montreal, Canada under the Presidency of the People’s Republic of China. The High-Level Segment (HLS) is planned to take place on 15, 16 and 17 December 2022.

Ministerial level

The High-Level Segment will take place at Ministerial level. The overall objective will be to enable Ministers to support the final stages of the negotiations on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and related decisions with a view to ensuring a successful outcome of the Conference, including the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It will also provide an opportunity for Ministers and leaders from international organizations, civil society and the business community to announce significant actions and commitments in support of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

On-site/In-person format

The High-Level Segment of the second part of the UN Biodiversity Conference is expected to be in-person. Ministers will be invited to attend the HLS to deliver national statements and support the final negotiations of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Parties and other Governments, along with partner organizations and other stakeholders, will be invited to announce, during the HLS, actions underway as well as to make commitments for planned actions that will support the rapid implementation of the global biodiversity framework.

More on the high-level segment

Focusing on the theme of “Ecological Civilization—Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”, the High-level Segment is being convened at a pivotal time, as the international community rallies to address the current biodiversity crisis.

The objective of the HLS is to build and maintain political momentum in support of the ongoing negotiations to develop a detailed and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework, due to for adoption at part two of the Conference in Montreal in December 2022.

The HLS featured in-depth discussions amongst Ministers and other high-level representatives of Parties, as well as international and regional organizations and non-Party stakeholder groups with the aim of reinforcing the ambition for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The HLS adopted the Kunming Declaration.

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