UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

December 7-19, 2022 in Montreal, Canada, governments from around the world came together to agree on a new set of goals to guide global action through 2030 to halt and reverse nature loss. Nature is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Adoption of a bold global biodiversity framework that addresses the key drivers of nature loss is needed to secure our own health and well-being alongside that of the planet. What took place at COP 15:

  • Adoption of an equitable and comprehensive framework matched by the resources needed for implementation
  • Clear targets to address overexploitation, pollution, fragmentation and unsustainable agricultural practices
  • A plan that safeguards the rights of indigenous peoples and recognizes their contributions as stewards of nature
  • Finance for biodiversity and alignment of financial flows with nature to drive finances toward sustainable investments and away from environmentally harmful ones

By UN Environment Programme. December 23, 2022.

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More Than 190 Countries Sign Landmark Agreement To Halt The Biodiversity Crisis

More than 190 countries have adopted a sweeping agreement to protect nature at the United Nations’ biodiversity conference in Montreal. The gavel went down in the early hours of Monday on an agreement which includes 23 targets aimed at halting the biodiversity crisis, including a pledge to protect 30% of land and oceans by 2030. Only 17% of land and 10% of oceans are currently considered protected. Campaigners have hailed it as a “major milestone” for conserving complex, fragile ecosystems on which everyone depends.

By Laura Paddison. CNN. December 19, 2022

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COP15 In Montreal: Did The Summit Deliver For The Natural World?

The talking is over, and a text has been agreed on the next decade of targets to save the natural world. This article discusses the highs and lows of the Convention of Biological Diversity’s (CBD) agreement.

By Phoebe Weston. The Guardian. December 20, 2022.

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