The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

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While 2019 was the year of CBD , 2020 will shape up to be the year of the other (arguably way cooler) CBD: the Convention on Biological Diversity. If we’ve lost you, just remember that this year the UN warned that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, making it imperative that we take immediate action. 

The CBD is an international treaty enacted to sustain biodiversity on Earth. It was opened for signature at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992 and entered into force in December 1993. In 2020, the CBD will hold a landmark convention (COP15) to develop a new global policy framework on biodiversity–hopefully the framework that will slow the rapid loss of species.

The meeting is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2020 in Kunming, Yunnan, China.

Make or Break: Next year it’s imperative that nations come together to agree on an international plan to safeguard biodiversity. As Dr. Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD said:

“We need to reach a transformative turning point, for many interconnected challenges, relating to the loss of biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, food security, human health, among others. We have the tools and the knowledge, but we need greater leadership and political will to take bold action now.”

Through a series of working groups in 2020, nations will negotiate the policy framework for COP15 in China.

Why This Matters: Out of all international environmental meetings, the annual UN Climate Change Conferences typically get the most coverage. However, we cannot feasibly take action on climate change without protecting biodiversity, which is why COP15 will be so important to watch. We have to ensure that when we talk about acting on climate that we also bring biodiversity into the fold. We’re committed to covering biodiversity issues in 2020, so please stay tuned!

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