Under the theme Investing in biodiversity for people and planet, representatives of more than 190 countries met in the UN Biodiversity Conference to step up efforts to halt the biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support the livelihoods of billions.
2018, which marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention and IUCN's 70th, was also the last opportunity to assess progress towards the achievement of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to identify effective actions and tools for its implementation before its final evaluation in 2020, when a new global biodiversity framework will be adopted.
IUCN's key messages
With only 2 years left for the timeline of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity to be completed, IUCN put forward key recommendations and expertise to the deliberations to support Parties in their efforts to accelerate progress in achieving the Aichi Targets and to start building a sound framework for biodiversity beyond 2020.
Matters under consideration also included the thematic areas of work of the Convention, such as protected areas, biodiversity and climate change, and marine and coastal biodiversity and cross-cutting issues like capacity building, biodiversity mainstreaming, cooperation and synergies.
IUCN also produced resources such as issues briefs and information papers to further the discussions in Egypt.
Side events and parallel meetings
IUCN organized side events throughout the duration of the conference, in collaboration with various Members and partners, and was also present in the different fora at the margins of the COP.
See the FULL SCHEDULE of IUCN events.