Follow up on matters related to the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Date: 11.03.2022

The Secretariat would like to call the attention of Contracting Parties to the following issues and actions related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):

On 5 July 2021 the Convention on Biological Diversity produced the first draft of the global biodiversity framework (see attached 1). The draft was discussed during online meetings in late summer 2021 at the Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) from 23 August to 3 September, before being presented for consideration at CBD’s COP15, in Kunming, China.

On 17 December 2021, the Executive Secretary of CBD, in collaboration with the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group and the Chairs of CBD’s Subsidiary Bodies on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and Implementation (SBI), prepared a non-paper containing a revised monitoring framework for measuring the progress in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (see attached 2). 

The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands shared with Contracting Parties on 19 August 2021 a document (see attached 3) that highlights the issues identified as being most relevant to the Convention in order to ensure that Parties attending the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group and SBSTTA-24 could articulate the importance of wetlands and that the Secretariat could further share these issues in its participation in the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The elements highlighted in this document are still relevant for the discussion of the draft global biodiversity framework and the non-paper containing a revised monitoring framework that will take place at the resumed meetings of the SBSTTA, SBI and OEWG from 14 to 29 March in Geneva.

The Secretariat takes this opportunity to remind Contracting Parties that the Standing Committee (through Decision SC57-26) encouraged Contracting Parties, through their Ramsar Convention National Focal Points, to liaise and engage with their CBD counterparts and to participate in the development of their national positions related to the CBD’s post-2020 global biodiversity framework process, in order to seek to ensure that Ramsar-relevant elements are included within country positions and submissions to the CBD process.  

Contracting Parties attending the CBD meetings in Geneva are invited to attend the side event organized by the Secretariat on Wetlands and the Secretariats of the other biodiversity related Conventions to highlight their contributions to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event will take place on 17 March from 13:15 to 14:45 CET.

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