Nations Adopt Four Goals, 23 Targets for 2030 in Landmark UN Biodiversity Agreement
Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have adopted the long-awaited Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, as biodiversity declines at an unprecedented rate. Almost 200 nations signed onto the historic deal Monday at COP15 after two weeks of negotiations, and delays to the conference due to the pandemic. The framework, along with the Paris Agreement, provides a roadmap to halt and reverse biodiversity loss across the planet in the next 28 years.
The agreement includes four long-term goals for 2050 and 23 targets for 2030, which need to be acted on immediately.
“Goals are never ambitious enough but overall I’m quite positive… It’s important to recognise that the challenge has been tremendous to have alignment between all the countries.” says Fabrice DeClerck, Earth Commissioner and co-lead of Biosphere Working Group
Prior to the negotiations, the Earth Commission was a key convenor in a letter signed by over 3000 researchers from 125 countries that called for the 2030 deadline not abandoned in the COP15 negotiations. Read the letter and see the full list of signatures here.
During COP15 Future Earth, which convenes the Earth Commission, focused heavily on nature positive and people positive messages. Read more about the COP15 outcomes and Future Earth’s engagements here and see recordings of the Earth Commission’s engagements here.