Getting ready: an historic moment ahead of us at COP15

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The time has come. At last. Report after report, authors emphasize the urgency and the greater magnitude of the problems we are faced with. The long-awaited COP15 will now happen in Montreal next week under China’s Presidency.

Progress on the negotiations have accelerated since OEWG3 in Geneva last March, followed by OEWG4 in Nairobi last July. The UNGA has been a key moment to see Heads of State reaffirming the need for an ambitious GBF to be adopted at COP15. The informal group-IG meetings have been able to constructively work on the GBF draft text with now less brackets in the text. The final round of negotiations at OEWG5 in Montreal starting this week should mark a critical moment for the negotiations so that Montreal becomes the Paris moment for tackling the biodiversity crisis.

Governance, Mainstreaming, Multilateral Agreements.

Last UNFCCC COP27 has seen like never before the climate-biodiversity twin crises jointly addressed in many speeches and side events, including the one organized by the project. The Nature-positive goal is gaining traction with a great exposure done by the Nature Zone and the Non-State Actors coalition with support by the project.

De-siloing the debate

Since the start of the project in 2018, our aim was 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 the Youth, the civil society, Cities and SNLGs, the business and finance communities enabling exchanges with States representatives wherever possible.

COP15 in Montreal should be the historic moment we – as the overall nature, climate, environment and development community at large- have been waiting for long. This should be the adoption time of the transformative Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) that is needed to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and ensure the agreed vision of living in harmony with Nature by 2050. After COP15, implementation of the GBF will start and the project has already started to work with countries and stakeholders to ensure the prompt implementation of the GBF.

A palette of events at COP15

In Montreal, our project will again engage delegates and stakeholders via a large variety of activities.

At a core of our presence will be a joint stand #411 with the BIODEV2030 project. As a central meeting point, this stand will enable to organize informal meetings and small discussions. It will also offer a space for informal dialogue 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.

Several side events will be organized to ensure discussions on the last topics at stake for the last round of the negotiations. Main ones will be:

  • Walking the talk towards a transformative GBF on the 7th December at 18:15 UTC−5Room Shilin (514B) 

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

Description of event #4578: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/4578

Streaming: https://cbd.interactio.com/ark1-r41m-ytcj

WITH: WWF International, BusinessForNature, GYBN, ICLEI, Climate &Company, BIODEV2030.

  • Lessons learned from Latin America and the Caribbean: Biodiversity mainstraiming and governance for transformative changes on the 10th December at 13:15 UTC−5Room Tomaga (510C) 

This event will enable to learn about the main findings, lessons learned and recommendations of ECLAC’s study on biodiversity mainstreaming and innovative governance.

Description of event #4670: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/4670

Streaming: https://cbd.interactio.com/tuki-nwmp-5dgr

WITH: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-ECLAC and BIODEV2030

  • High-level event of the Regional Economic Commissions at CBD COP15 on the 15th December at 13:15 UTC-5 – Room Jinsha (513B) 

This side event is an opportunity to understand their collective 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 Post-2020 framework.

Description of event #4340: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/4340

Streaming: https://cbd.interactio.com/y7kq-xubf-a43a

WITH: REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMISSIONS – REC

  • Biodiversity & economy: What future for this duo in the POST2020 Framework? on the 13th December at 13:15 UTC-5 – Room Nile (511BE)

This event is the occasion to learn how to help Francophone Parties to integrate nature into their economic decisions, involving the private sector for people and nature. At the end of this event, strategic orientations will be proposed to the negociators of the post-2020 global framework.

Description of event #4514: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/4514

WITH: Orée, BioDev2030

  • Cities with Nature, the partnership platform for ambitious nature actions on the 14th December at 15:30 UTC-5 – Subnational Government and Cities Pavilion

This session organized by CitiesWithNature partners and local governments will enable to share examples on their nature commitments, highlighting how CitiesWithNature catalyzes experiences, commitments and ambitious actions.

WITH: ICLEI, SCBD, Blueflag / FEE, AIPH, IUCN, UN ECE, CC35

As part of a grant to WWF International leading the Nature-Positive Non-State Actors coalition, we’ll support numerous side events and activities organized on the Nature-Positive Pavilion and beyond.

As per the various Summits, we’ll ensure 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, as well as bringing guests form the Global South to the CEPA Fair and the Global Communications Forum.

The project is also supporting the venue of various delegates representing Youth, media, SNLGs from various priority countries. Each of them will actively take part in the discussions.

The whole team will be fully dedicated to attend, support and help communicate also other events organized by partners and countries (such as the event 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 2022 at 13:15 in the GRULAC Meeting Room (511A-D).

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

To know more, please visit our new website and come and meet us in Montreal on stand #411.

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