After four years of negotiations, the post-2020 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) has been adopted at the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15).
The GBF will help shape the future of the world’s approach to conservation in the years to come. It includes 4 goals and 23 targets that Parties will aim to achieve by 2030.
Representatives of 188 governments gathered in Montreal over the course of the conference to finalise and approve measures that aim to halt the ongoing loss of biodiversity and set the path for a more sustainable relationship between humans and nature.
With its adoption, the GBF marks an important step forward for the sustainable use of natural resources as a conversation tool.
The CIC particularly welcomes Strategic Goal B (Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use) of the framework’s four overarching global goals:
“Biodiversity is sustainably used and managed and nature’s contributions to people, including ecosystem functions and services, are valued, maintained and enhanced, with those currently in decline being restored, supporting the achievement of sustainable development, for the benefit of present and future generations by 2050.”
This goal ties in closely with the work of the CIC in recent years. Recognising and supporting the contributions of people – including hunters – to conservation will be essential on our path towards building a more sustainable and biodiverse future.
The CIC congratulates the Chinese Presidency, Canadian hosts and the CBD secretariat for their efforts in this momentous occasion.
Looking ahead, we are committed to working closely with the UN Decade for Nature Restoration – guided by Goal B of the GBF – to ensure the healthy state of ecosystems and promote their functions and services.
About the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Opened for signature in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources.
With 196 Parties, the Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, under its three main pillars:
- The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources