Launch of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook

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Special session of SBSTTA (15 September)

  • In decision 14/35, the Conference of the Parties  requested the Executive Secretary to prepare the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, including a summary for policymakers, on the basis of an agreed plan and an indicative timetable. The timetable envisaged that the GBO-5 would be launched at the opening of SBSTTA-24, which was scheduled for May 2020 but postponed to August and then November 2020. Given the delay in convening SBSTTA-24, the launch will take place virtually on 15 September to enable Parties and observers to make use of the report in the preparations for SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3, as well as other work related to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The report will be thus launched ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit, which will be convened virtually by the President of the General Assembly on 30 September 2020.
  • The session will be opened by the Chair of SBSTTA who will make opening remarks. Opening remarks will also be made by a representative of the COP Presidency and the Executive Secretary.
  • A presentation of GBO-5 will be made by the Secretariat. Complementary presentations of the Local Biodiversity Outlook and the Global Plant Conservation Report will also be made. There will be opportunities for questions and answers.
  • Parties and observers will be invited to make interventions.
  • The Chair of SBSTTA will make final remarks and close the session.