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Nov 14-29, 2018: Experts meet to address biodiversity loss

EGYPT - Delegations meet at Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai to follow up on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Some experts recommend a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth.

The programs embrace a new global action framework adopted at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Oct 2010.

An international team of scientists warns that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies, according to a BBC report in Jul 2016.

The Aichi Targets are 20 goals that nations are supposed to be working towards by 2020. Britain’s Guardian notes that mankind “has pretty much failed to meet the majority of the targets, including halving habitat loss and deforestation, sustainably managing fisheries, preventing the extinction of known endangered species, and minimizing the impact of climate change on coral reefs.”

The CBD has had a number of disadvantages, according to the newspaper. For one, it’s non-binding and largely voluntary, with no legal way or sufficient funding to enforce action. Scientists quoted by the newspaper suggest that their recommended tougher agreement should be handed to corporations as well as nation states.

The program states that the Sharm el-Sheikh meetings bring together the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (CBD COP 14, Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 9, and Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 3). A High-Level Segment is expected to convene from Nov 14-15. The CBD COP 14 and COP/MOPs are expected to meet in parallel from Nov 17-29, 2018.

#22747 Published: 09/27/2018

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