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Lack of progress for nature at UN talks: civil society leaders

Nairobi, June 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Various countries gathered last week in Nairobi for the last preparatory session ahead of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will be held in Montreal from December 5-17.

While countries have repeatedly highlighted COP15 as an opportunity to strike a global deal for nature and of similar importance to the Paris Climate Agreement, the lack of progress at this penultimate meeting has now threatened the outcome of the whole process, say civil society leaders.

With more than 20 targets for action in the draft agreement, known as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the aim of the Nairobi meetings was to resolve issues affecting up to 80% negotiating text that had been bracketed, signaling disagreement between the parties.

Not only did countries not make progress, but in some cases new disagreements threatened to push the process in the opposite direction.

The most fundamental questions, including how much money would be spent on biodiversity conservation and what percentages the world should strive to protect, conserve and restore to address the extinction crisis, n weren’t even addressed.

Time is running out, civil society leaders and others are calling for urgent and increased political commitment and leadership at the highest level to achieve the ambitious, science-based agreement needed to protect nature worldwide.

Brian O’Donnell, Director of the Campaign for Nature, said: “With negotiations now faltering and with some key issues deadlocked, it is up to Heads of State and other political and United Nations leaders to act with the leadership and urgency necessary to unite countries around an ambitious global biodiversity strategy.

“The elements of an ambitious agreement are there. Almost 100 countries have come together to support the proposal to protect at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030, one of the cornerstones of the agreement, and there is widespread support for the crucial issue of protecting indigenous rights.

“But the clock is ticking now and countries must step up, show the leadership this moment demands and act urgently to find compromises and solutions.”

The Nature Conservancy’s Director, Biodiversity Policy and Infrastructure, Linda Krueger, said: “Global interest from the UN Secretary General, Ministers and Heads of State is needed as December approaches, to secure any what is needed to slow extinction and the nature loss crisis.

“Despite planning this emergency meeting to resolve key sticking points in the draft global biodiversity framework, and also agreeing on a date and host country for the final round of negotiations, we are appalled at the lack of progress this week.We need to raise this on the political agenda.The negotiations have lacked fire and momentum.

Source: IANS

Lack of progress for nature at UN talks: civil society leaders

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