Under the theme Investing in biodiversity for people and planet, the UN Biodiversity Conference will convene representatives from more than 190 countries to step up efforts to halt the biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support the livelihoods of billions.
This year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention and IUCN's 70th, will also be 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 will bring 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.
Other matters under consideration include 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.
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Side events and parallel meetings
IUCN is organizing side events throughout the duration of the conference, in collaboration with various Members and partners, and will also be present in the different fora at the margins of the COP.
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The Biodiversity Conference will be preceded by the African ministerial Summit on Biodiversity and the High-level segment. The themes of the meetings will be Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: Priorities for increased resilience in Africa and Mainstreaming of biodiversity in the energy and mining; processing industry; infrastructure and health sectors, respectively.