Timeline.

18 November 2018, CBD COP 14, Side Event, Post-2020 agenda – Sharm El Sheik

On the occasion of the CO14 in Egypt, we organized a side-event that officially launched “Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework -EU support”!

28 January 2019, CBD Regional Workshop Nagoya, Regional consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for Asia and the Pacific

During this workshop, participants shared ideas on the possible scope and content of different elements of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

15 February 2019, Les rendez-vous de l’Expertise Paris, Experts meeting at UNESCO

Expertise France, UNESCO, the European Union and Entreprises pour l’Environnement, co-organized a « Rendez-vous de l’Expertise », « Kunming 2020 : towards a new global deal between man and nature? »

5-6 April 2019, CBD Regional workshop Addis-Abeba, Workshop on Natural capital accounting

This was an opportunity to inform and exchange on the latest advances and opportunities on Natural Capital Accounting in Africa in the context of the process towards a post-2020 framework for biodiversity.

13-14 May 2019, EU-China Dialogue Beijing, A fruitful bilateral discussion for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

On the 13th and 14th of May 2019, a key workshop took place in the preparation of the post-2020 strategic global biodiversity framework. It gathered representatives from EU and China for a fruitful bilateral dialogue on several key topics.

14-17 May 2019, CBD Regional Workshop Montevideo, Regional consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for Grulac

Participants discussed the opportunities and challenges for the post-2020 global framework resulting from the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the region.

16-17 May 2019, EU-Japan Dialogue Tokyo, Defining and Achieving a Post-2020 ambition

This dialogue co-organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of the Environment in Japan enabled to share perspectives on these issues, including perspectives from negotiators, business, NGOs representatives, and experts from the United Nations University.

4-7 June 2019, The Nature of Cities Summit – TNOC Paris

The project team participated in the first international summit The Nature of Cities (TNOC) to mobilize cities, metropolitan areas and subnational governments to instil a global dynamism that will support the signature of an ambitious agreement at the COP 15.

2-9 July 2019, 9th Trondheim Conference Trondheim, A common understanding for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The 2019 Trondheim Conference addressed the challenges of achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, explored pathways for the transformational changes needed, and contributed to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

17-19 July 2019, The Nature of Cities – TNOC Medellín

Building on the recommendations of the roadmap signed in Paris last June, this was an opportunity to further consolidate and develop the recommendations that were adopted and integrate the metropolis participating to the summit as signatories.

15-20 August 2019, CITES Cop18 Geneva, Workshop CITES & CBD synergies for Post-2020

The 18th edition of CITES conference debates involved what concrete elements can CITES bring to the Post2020 biodiversity framework and how it can best reinforce the CITES Strategic Vision 2021-2030.

19-20 August 2019, Uganda National Workshop Kampala, Access and benefit Sharing, Natural Capital Accounting and Digital Sequence Information

Participants engaged in a first discussion on national plans in view of COP15 and presented three technical issues: access and benefit sharing (ABS) and digital sequence information (DSI) as well as natural capital accounting.

27-30 August 2019, Open-Ended Working Group – 1st session Nairobi, Experts meeting on Intergenerational Equity

Prior to the first OEWG session, our project facilitated an expert meeting in cooperation with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) on intergenerational equity and its transposition in the CBD context.

10-11 September 2019, 2nd Global Biodiversity Communications Forum Woking

11-19 September 2019, MAB Youth Forum Changbaishan, Youth come together in China to share their commitment for biodiversity

176 young people from 83 countries gathered in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve in China for the opening of the 2nd MAB Youth Forum. UNESCO has brought them together to empower them and work together under the theme ‘Committed to Biodiversity’ towards the COP15.

13 September 2019, Biotrade Conference Geneva, Linking Trade and Biodiversity – Session on Post-2020

23 September 2019, Climate Action Summit New York, Working with Youth on Climate and Biodiversity

The goal of the UN Climate Action Summit was to ensure countries are aware of the 2020 calendar, that the global focus on climate gains momentum, and to monitor countries transitional investments from fossil fuels to renewables.

24-26 September 2019, CEPAL Santiago, First meeting of experts from Latin American biodiversity knowledge institutions

ECLAC and IDDRI organized a 3-days meeting of experts from Latin American biodiversity knowledge institutions or think tanks to take stock of ongoing mobilisation in the region, and organize future collective work.

8-9 October 2019, EU-partner country dialogue – Brussels

35 participants engaged in this Finland EU-Presidency workshop held in Brussels. It brought together officials from EU Member States and non-Member States. The general objective of this combined event was to generate horizontal exchanges between CBD COP 15 negotiators in the run-up to the COP 15.

9-10 October 2019, Study visit – Lille

The city of Lille (France) welcomed National Focal Point of CBD as part of a “Nature en Ville” study visit. The delegates were able to apprehend local biodiversity policy initiatives such as urban farms, shared garden or a climate change-adapted district. Walking around the city, delegates discovered various innovations to support sustainable development solutions in the cities.

14-17 October 2019, Lima Conference event on protected Areas and Conservation Methods Lima, Contributions to the sustainable use of biodiversity in the post-2020 framework

The side event "Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Methods: contributions to the sustainable use of biodiversity in the post-2020 Framework" took place at the Pabellón UE RedParques during the III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas in Lima, Peru, on 17 October 2019.

28-30 October 2019, Sustainable Production and Consumption – Rabat

On October 28th and 29th, Post2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support, Future Earth and IRD co-organized a workshop in Rabat, Morocco on sustainable production & consumption. Through brainstorming sessions and debates, the participants worked on co-building an action agenda to use science and sustainability to better reach Sustainable Development Goals.

31 October 2019, EU-China Dialogue

The EU – China Environment Project organized an EU-China dialogue to exchange views on topical aspects of the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event aimed at finding common ground on important issues related to the negotiations for a new Post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

4-5 November 2019, Pre-Workshop on Ecosystem restoration Rio de Janeiro, Pre-workshop CBD consultation on Restoration

We organized a pre-workshop at the occasion of CBD workshop on ecosystem restoration targets in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which provided a much-needed opportunity for CBD Parties and international partners working on restoration to discuss the role of ecosystem restoration and created a common understanding about the issue.

5-8 November, “Youth Leadership Dialogue” for the Planet at UNESCO HQ – Paris

Post2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support organized a one-week preparatory workshop at UNESCO HQ in the perspective of the Paris Peace Forum held right after. The objective was to facilitate coordination between youth leaders from different sectors of society. News available soon!

11-13 November 2019, Paris Peace Forum Paris, “Biodiversity Needs Youth!”

The Paris Peace Forum was the opportunity to launch our campaign promoting Youth as the new major player when it comes to global negotiations toward COP15. The Project partnered with GYBN to voice youth environmental preoccupations for the future, and significantly increased campaign's visibility. News available soon...

SBSTTA23 #1 – An apex goal for the Post 2020 biodiversity framework

The event, organized during Montreal SBSTTA on November 26th, explored the relevance of setting a unique apex target for the post-2020 biodiversity framework, or a small number of overarching targets, with a view of translating the post 2020 biodiversity framework into action.

SBSTTA23 #2 – Local and subnational governments taking action using nature-based solutions to address biodiversity and climate challenges

Through this side event organized during Montreal SBSTTA23 on November 26th, the project deepened its cooperation with ICLEI on the topics related to Cities and Local Authorities and their action on biodiversity and to further implement this cooperation.

SBSTTA23 #3 – Latin American & Caribbean perspectives on the post 2020 global biodiversity framework

This side-event held in Montreal during SBSTTA on November 28th presented the first reflections, products and the next steps of a collective work undertaken by high-level biodiversity LAC experts from biodiversity knowledge and management institutions, governments (including negotiators), academia and from organizations with a regional or global perspective, met at ECLAC headquarters (Santiago, Chile), to share their concrete experiences for the strengthening of science and policy interactions and the development of a regional vision for the post-2020 framework.

SBSTTA23 #4 – Roadmap for Youth Engagement to support the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework

The side-event organized on November 27th during SBSTTA in Montreal was the occasion to showcase the work and significance of youth in bringing about a strong post-2020 biodiversity framework. It focused on a series of exchanges and presentations in which stakeholder discussed several topics, including: building a large youth movement ahead of COP15 and beyond the biodiversity silo; integrating the concept of intergenerational equity in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework; a youth agenda and roadmap towards COP15, as well as the reasons why young people should be taken more into account in the CBD decision-making process.

SBSTTA23 #5 – From science-policy’s messages for transformational change to post 2020 political decisions and actions

This side-event held during SBSTTA on November 29th raised awareness on science-policy platform messages to participating decision makers including CBD national focal points. It provided grounds for a more effective communication and integration of science messages into policy making for transformational change.

5 December 2019, COP25 UNFCCC Madrid, Reviewing progress in the implementation of the Convention

During UNFCCC COP25 held in Madrid, the Project held a side-event on December 5th that raised awareness on the importance of addressing together climate change and biodiversity loss as inseparable threats to humankind. The output of the side-event discussions was on the agenda of the high-level event on ‘scaling up climate action through circular economy and nature-based solutions’ planned on December 10th at COP25.

21-24 January, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting – Davos

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos is the foremost creative force for engaging the world's top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum's mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives. Catch up on roundtables and speeches on WEF replay platform.

29-30 January, Voluntary national commitments workshop – Mexico City

This workshop, organized by CONABIO, SEMARNAT and Mexican Secretariat for Foreign Affairs, raised awareness among government officials and key stakeholders about national and international biodiversity processes, and initiate consultations about the zero draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework provided by the Co-Chairs of the Open-Ended Working Group.

31 January, EU-African Group Dialogue – eSwatini

A group of almost 30 African negotiators of the CBD met in the kingdom of eSwatini. The European Commission has proposed to organize a meeting to strengthen the dialogue between African countries and EU Member States before the meeting of the OEWG 2.

5-6 February, Colombia National Consultation Workshop – Bogotá

Multiple stakeholders attended the workshop including civil society private sector, government representatives, all aiming at drawing a common roadmap for the identification of a Colombian agenda Post-2020.

4-6 February, Local Brazilian Perspectives on the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – São Paulo

The workshop, co-organized with ICLEI, followed up on 2019 events that paved the way towards the further mobilization of cities and local actors.

5-7 February, African Youth Biodiversity Forum – Vhembe Reserve

The objective of this Forum, organized alongside the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and UNESCO was to support the development of a cross-constituency African youth network engaged in biodiversity and to build upon the achievements of the Youth Leadership Dialogue (Paris, November 2019). The event was planned as a back-to-back forum to the African Union Summit, which was held on February 9 and 10 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

11-13 February, Uganda national workshop on Zero Draft – Entebbe

This second national workshop focused on sharing ideas on the zero draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework prepared by the co-chairs, in order to start some debate on Uganda position on the matter.

15-22 February, Convention of the Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals – Gandhinagar

The thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals addressed a broad range of issues related to the objectives of the convention. The meeting provided an opportunity to consider how the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023 can be mutually supportive.

20 – 22 February, Thematic Consultation on Transparent Implementation, Monitoring, Reporting and Review for Post-2020 – Rome

Before the opening of the OEWG2, the Conference of the Parties has decided to explore the development of enhanced review mechanisms for the Convention to strengthen implementation under the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

24-28 February, Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group – Rome

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework convened to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

26 March, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar #10

Held on March 26th, this webinar was organized by ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center with the support of the Post 20202 Biodiversity Framework.EU support project. It was part of the Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinars series held monthly to keep the local and subnational government constituency, networks, and partners up-to-date on key milestones and the participatory preparation process of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) on the roadmap to COP 15.

31 March, African Natural Capital forum – Entebbe

Postponed or cancelled.

Thematic Workshop for Subnational and Regional Governments – Edinburgh

A workshop webinar for subnational and regional and local governments was organized by the Scottish government. This workshop brought together a globally balanced representation of subnational, Regional and Local Governments from across the world to undertake knowledge exchange and sharing of information to meet the aims and ambitions of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as to provide constructive outcomes for the Co-Chairs of the Open-Ended Working Group.

16 April, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar #11

The webinar, held on April 16th 2020, brought reflections on the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020), recommendations for a renewed Plan of Action, and an overview of the Edinburgh Process and Declaration. It echoed a Call for a Renewed and Stepped-Up Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity at COP 15.

Costa Rica national consultation workshop on Post-2020

Postponed.

21-24 April, Workshop regional on mainstreaming in sectors and commitments from business – Yaoundé

Postponed.

14 May, Post 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar – Biodiversity, food and nutrition for Health

On May 14th, 2020, the webinar addressed the links between disease outbreaks frequency linked to biodiversity loss and climate change as an urgent reminder of the need to adopt integrated approaches such as the One Health one.

Biodiversity Week: 18-22 May 2020

The slogan “Our solutions are in nature” emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. 2020 is the year when, more than ever, the world can signal a strong will for a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss for the benefit of humans and all life on Earth. Check our website and social media to take a look back at our activities and our partners' throughout this 2020 Biodiversity Week that built up to International Biodiversity Day on May 22nd.

18 May, International Day for Biological Diversity – UNESCO

UNESCO held a webinar on the 22nd of May, during the International Biodiversity Day, and set up online dialogues and conversations between experts, UNESCO networks, in particular their sites and youth networks, private sector partners and artists. The aim was to share scientific assessment of the unprecedented health crisis we are going through, but also to come together in this period of great uncertainty around common values, to share the resources on which we can rely upon to be collectively resilient and to make the necessary changes.

19 May, Youth networks mobilized during Biodiversity Week 2020

Through this week of action, the Biodiversity Week has created awareness about the building blocks of nature and ecosystems, has driven initiatives big and small, and has given youth across the globe a collaborative platform, and demanded bold action for people and nature. Youth networks intended to lead the way.

20 May, EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing back nature into our lives

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

22 May, Costa Rica in the spotlight for the International Biodiversity Day

For the International Biodiversity Day, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) and the "Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework-EU support project" has launched a stream of activities entitled “Path towards mainstreaming biodiversity in Costa Rica national policy”. The activities foreseen under various innovating formats in the respect of gender, equity and equality principles aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to contribute to a more ambitious post-2020 biodiversity framework during CBD COP15.

2 June, Finance Watch – Embedding environmental goals at the heart of financial decision-making

On June 2nd, Finance Watch and the Club of Rome hosted an online conference on the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030, Green Deal & Recovery Plan. Several high-level policymakers and expert speakers participated to this online conference, following the publication by Finance Watch of its new report, Nature’s Return.

4 June, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

June 4th webinar reflected on the journey since 2010 and provided an overview of achievements linked to the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity.    

5 June, World Environment Day, Colombia

World Environment Day host country Colombia has put together a wide-ranging series of events featuring experts on biodiversity issues from across the globe. Replay of the events available here.

5 June, Possible Dialogues Program 2020 – Brazil

On the World Environment Day, this webinar will launch the Possible Dialogue program. This initiative is led by the Instituto Espinhaço, which actively took part to the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support project activities in Brazil.

ON OUR RADAR: 15 June, Building business resilience

Hosted by Paul Polman, Co-founder of IMAGINE, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and news anchor Tian Wei, this event brought together inspiring business and world leaders and explored how making nature part of your decision-making is critical to becoming a future-fit business. Sign up their call to action for businesses around the world here before July 31st!

16 June, Euroclima+ webinar – Traditional Food

On June 19, Resilient Food Production sector of Euroclima+ programme, implemented by Expertise France, held a webinar on Traditional Food production from indigenous communities in Latin America. Our Deputy Team Leader Hugo Rivera Mendoza was among the panelists.

17 June, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Addressing Biodiversity Drivers of Loss in the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

This session explored how to raise ambition in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, specifically as regards drivers of loss. Speakers addressed key drivers such as food systems, agriculture, supply chain, conflict and unsustainable production consumption.

25 June – 10 July, Costa Rica National Workshop: “Defining Costa Rica ambitions”

On June 25th, Costa Rica launched the first national workshop of Costa Rica + Natura cycle of activity with high-level representatives from all national biodiversity instutions. It was followed by four participative break-out groups sessions running until July 3rd. Results will be presented over an online plenary session on July 10th.

30 June, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Political Opportunities and Challenges for Securing High Ambition in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This session addressed the political dynamics underpinning the Post- 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) negotiations. These dynamics pertain to the push for a stronger GBF that is sufficiently ambitious, science- based, rigorously implemented and duly synergized with other global processes.

7 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Transforming the Financial System to Eliminate Nature Loss

The Post-2020 Pavilion will be convened during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France from 07-15 January 2021. On July 7th, the Post-2020 Pavilion hosted a public virtual event on "Transforming the Financial System to Eliminate Nature Loss". The objective of this session was to identify the new tools on nature disclosure that could help to achieve a systemic change in finance for nature under the Post-2020 Framework.

8 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion, Mainstreaming impacts and dependencies in the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The objective of this session was to showcase how the business and finance sectors are committed to transform the way decisions are made by including the value provided by nature, people and society. The session provided evidence of the evolving recognition and acceptance of companies and financial institutions to mainstream nature into the way they do business.

9 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion, Driving transformative change for high ambition in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This session explored the transformative change needed to position a new relationship with nature, recognizing its value as the basis for human well-being, justice and equity as well as peace and security.

10 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Synergies between the Post-2020 GBF and other key global processes

The objective of this session was to deepen understanding about the opportunities and challenges for enhancing the coordination, cooperation and synergies between key global processes to deliver the objectives of the Post-2020 framework at both the global and national level.

15 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Global Goal for Nature: Nature Positive by 2030

This session was convened by WWF International and partners. It addressed the importance of an ambitious, science-based global goal for nature to ensure that the world halts and reverses nature loss for the benefit of people and nature.

16 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: The Role of Protected and Conserved Areas in Achieving Global Conservation Goals

The Post-2020 Pavilion will be convened during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France from 07-15 January 2021. On July 16th, an open webinar was organized on the role of protected and conserved areas in achieving global conservation goals. This topic is a major issue for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework concerns area-based conservation, and what will replace Aichi Target 11 and raise global ambition.

17 July, World Conservation Congress Post-2020 Pavilion: Intergenerational Equity and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This Post-2020 Pavilion Virtual Biodiversity Dialogue Series session was hosted by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). It highlighted the youth perspective on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with a particular focus on the importance of intergenerational equity.

23 July, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

The webinar took place on July 23rd and focused on the Edinburgh Process and the strength of global partnerships for local and subnational action on nature.

ON OUR RADAR: 27-31 July, IPBES workshop on biodiversity and pandemics

Considering the extraordinary situation caused by the novel Coronavirus and given the role that IPBES can play in strengthening the knowledge base on biodiversity links of current and future pandemics such as COVID-19 and in reaching a wide public, the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, after recent discussions, decided that IPBES will organize a virtual Platform workshop on the link between biodiversity and pandemics, from 27-31 July 2020.

20 August, ICLEI Information Webinar Series

The webinar will take place on August 20th and will focus on a green recovery and lessons learned from nature in the context of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Register to ICLEI webinar that will be held at 10am CAT and 3pm at CAT.

18 September, ‘Act on nature’ call to action

On the eve of the High Level Week of the UN General Assembly, a call for Heads of State to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide

15 September, Launch of Global Biodiversity Outlook 5

This launch will precede the local biodiversity outlook 2 on the 16th.

ON OUR RADAR: 30 September, UNGA Summit on Biodiversity New York, 75th session of the UN General Assembly

SBSTTA 24 – Quebec, POSTPONED

SBI 3 – Quebec, POSTPONED

11 January, One Planet Summit

IUCN World Conservation Congres – Marseille – POSTPONED

October-November, Costa Rica National Congress (Tbc)

17-30 May 2021, CBD COP15, Kunming

December, Final workshop (Tbc)

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