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Resumed sessions of SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3

To ensure compliance with COVID measures and social distancing guidelines, the meeting venue capacity will be lower than in previous meetings.  Delegations are therefore kindly urged to limit their representation onsite (Parties 5, Observers 3) and for other representatives to participate as viewer.  
Access may be denied to delegations exceeding the limit.


Resumed sessions of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3) and third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3), will be held from 12 to 28 January 2022, at the International Conference Center Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.


Information regarding online registration for the meetings will be provided in due course. Early registration is encouraged. The resumed meetings in Geneva will be conducted in person. However, taking into account ongoing pandemic measures, Parties and observers are encouraged to limit the number of their representatives present physically in Geneva. To facilitate this, provision will be made to allow delegations from Parties and observers to follow the sessions of the Meetings, both plenary and contact groups, virtually. Please note, however, that online participation will be limited to viewer mode only. 


Special arrangements will be made for any Party that is not able to participate physically in Geneva due to travel restrictions. To allow sufficient technical planning for the Meetings, Parties should inform the Secretariat by 17 December 2021 if they foresee that it will not be possible, due to travel restrictions, for any member of their delegation to travel to Geneva for the Meetings. 


Designated delegates coming from countries requiring a Schengen visa for Switzerland are strongly advised to contact the nearest Swiss diplomatic or consular mission as soon as possible in order to secure the required entry visa in a timely manner, prior to departure.  To facilitate the issuance of visas, the Secretariat will issue visa assistance letters to participants upon request, to be attached to the visa application.  A copy of the Priority Pass (confirmation of pre-registration to the Meetings) issued by the Secretariat will also need to be attached to the application.


For more detailed information on the meetings, please see the notification 89916.