Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework – a historic moment at COP15

Report after report, authors have emphasized the urgency and the greater magnitude of the problems we are faced with. Finally a framework was adopted at COP15 happened in Montreal under China’s Presidency.
Progress on the negotiations have accelerated since OEWG3 in Geneva last March. OEWG4 in Nairobi last July, UNGA and the informal group-IG meetings, and the final round of negotiations at OEWG5 in Montreal led to successful negotiations and a decision for a new framework for nature and people at COP15.


Since the start of the project in 2018, our aim has been to facilitate dialogues among stakeholders on the critical topics that have emerged in the negotiations. We organized hundreds of events bringing together a large range of voices across sectors, de-siloing the debate as much as we could. With the aim to open and widen the understanding of what was at stake, we also supported numerous campaigns and initiatives at the global and the local levels involving Youth, civil society, cities and SNLGs, IPLCs, as well as the business and finance communities, enabling exchanges with States’ representatives wherever possible.

COP15 in Montreal has been an historic moment. The 19th of December, 195 countries adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Now it’s time for implementation. Our project has already started to work with countries and stakeholders to ensure the prompt implementation of the new agreement.



For COP15 in Montreal, our project engaged delegates and stakeholders via a large variety of activities previous and during the meeting.

Last UNFCCC COP27 saw like never before the climate-biodiversity twin crises jointly addressed in many speeches and side events, including the one organized by the project.

The heart of our presence in Montreal was a joint stand #411 together with the BIODEV2030 project. As a central meeting point, this was the ideal space to organize informal meetings and small discussions. It also opened an opportunity for informal dialogues with a series of experts and non-state actors in a dedicated slot called Rendez-Vous For Nature, making it possible to explore various topics. More information here.

Additionally, several side events were organized to ensure discussions on the last topics at stake for the decisive round of the negotiations.


Walking the talk towards a transformative GBF on the 7th of December 

This event spread the voices from civil society on issues at stake for a successful agreement. We welcomed high-level personalities from conservation, business, finance, Subnational and Local Governments, Youth and the climate community.

With: WWF International, BusinessForNature, GYBN, ICLEI, Climate &Company, BIODEV2030. More information here.


Lessons learned from Latin America and the Caribbean: Biodiversity mainstraiming and governance for transformative changes on the 10th of December  

This event presented the main findings, lessons learned and recommendations of two ECLAC studies, one on biodiversity mainstreaming and another one on innovative governance. Representatives of countries involved in the Project BIODEV2030 gave their insights and experience on mainstreaming and inclusive governance in the African region.

With: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-ECLAC and BIODEV2030. More information here.


High-level event of the Regional Economic Commissions at CBD COP15 on the 15th of December

This side event gave the REC an opportunity to present their ambition and potential contribution to the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and highlight the transformative actions and best practice examples of their respective regions, showing also plans for the inclusion of stakeholders in order to contribute to the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal framework.

With: UN Regional Economic Commissions. More information here.

Biodiversity & economy: What future for this duo in the POST2020 Framework? on the 13th of December

This event was an occasion to learn how Francophone Parties can integrate nature into their economic decisions, involving the private sector the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal framework. At the end of this event, the experts participating defined strategic orientations that were proposed to the negotiators of the Kunming-Montreal Framework.

With: Orée, BIODEV2030. More information here.


Cities with Nature, the partnership platform for ambitious nature actions on the 14th of December

This session, organized by CitiesWithNature partners and local governments, showcased the importance of this platform for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal framework, sharing examples on their transformative actions and  highlighting how CitiesWithNature catalyzes experiences, commitments and ambitious actions.

With: ICLEI, SCBD, Blueflag / FEE, AIPH, IUCN, UN ECE, CC35. More information here.

Science-based assessments and inclusive governance to support biodiversity mainstreaming on the 17th of December

This event, organized by BIODEV2030 and our project, showcased lessons learned from 25 case studies in four continents, focusing on two key aspects: how to quickly realise a science-based assessment to support biodiversity mainstreaming at all scales and in sectors with the most impact on Nature, and how inclusive governance is essential to ensure its successful implementation.

With: BIODEV2030. More information here



As part of a grant to WWF International, who coordinates the Nature-Positive Non-State Actors coalition, numerous side events and activities were organized on the Nature-Positive Pavilion and beyond.

As per the various Summits, we ensured our presence at the 7th Summit for Subnational Governments & Cities, organized by ICLEI with representatives of SNLGS invited by the project, but also at the Business Summit through the publication of a 4-page brief titled STOP FLYING BLIND: MANDATE BUSINESS AND FINANCE DISCLOSURE ON NATURE in partnership with Business For Nature. We also supported the presentation by a communication expert from Costa Rica at the CEPA Fair and the Global Communications Forum.

The project also supported various delegates representing Youth from one of our partner countries. Each of them will actively take part in the discussions.

The whole team was dedicated to attend, support and help communicate also other events organized by partners and countries (such as Achieving Target 3: Technical support for implementing the 30×30 target, organized by the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People (HAC N&P) and the Global Ocean Alliance (GOA), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and other government and non-state actor partners on the 7th of December.

As our team leader, Hugo Rivera Mendoza puts it “The world was watching what happened in Montreal and we saw delegations seize the opportunity and find the strength and determination to agree on ambitious goals and targets for a transformative agreement for Nature and People.”

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