SBSTTA24 & SBI3: UN Biodiversity Convention holds virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

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)
The meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the Convention on Biological Diversity will address elements of the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as well as address other key issues on the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources.

UN Biodiversity Convention’s two subsidiary bodies holding virtual meetings over May and June.

Discussions will include targets and pathways for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and sharing of the benefits for the next decade and beyond.

Meetings essential to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, to be adopted in October 2021 in Kunming, China.

Governments agreed to negotiate a ten-year global framework for managing biodiversity, as a pathway to negotiate and achieve the 2050 vision of the Convention on Biological Diversity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  The “post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” is expected to be adopted at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Kunming, China later this year.

What does it hope to achieve?

  • Aims to galvanize urgent and transformative action by governments and all of society, including indigenous peoples and local communities, civil society and businesses.
  • The outcomes it sets out in its vision, mission, goals and targets, and
  • Contribute to the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity related multilateral agreements, processes and instruments.

How will the two meetings address the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework?

SBSTTA-24: Will provide advice on the scientific and technical underpinnings of the framework:

Information that was included in the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook, which informs the framework.

Oversight on the updated elements of the draft post-2020 framework prepared by the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Scientific and technical information to support the review of the draft framework with analyses of the linkages between the proposed goals, targets and monitoring framework of the post-2020 framework and the Sustainable Development Goals within the scope of the CBD.

Review on the appendices to the draft framework prepared by the Co-Chairs of the OEWG and the Executive Secretary.

Review of the range of relevant existing indicators, baselines, baseline dates, or other appropriate methods for monitoring changes in biodiversity, indicator gaps and, where relevant, options for filling such gaps and for a monitoring framework for the post-2020 framework, taking into account the outcomes of the second meeting of the OEWG.

SBI3: Will contribute to the development of the post-2020 framework and to complement it with elements related to means to support and review implementation, including implementation support mechanisms, enabling conditions, responsibility and transparency, outreach and awareness and matters related to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, and the Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions:

SBSTTA 24: First plenary, 3-4 May; Second plenary, 23-26 May; Third plenary, 7-9 June

SBI-3: First plenary, 17-19 May; Second plenary, 28-30 May; Third plenary, 11-13 June

Plenaries held from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Montreal time (EDT, GMT/UTC – 4).

Watch the plenary live here:


Documents: SBSTTA24 & SBI3

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