Highlights and images for 26 November 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 26 November 2019

The Colombian delegation with IPBES Chair Ana María Hernandez Salga

Delegates to the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) finalized plenary deliberations of potential elements for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and addressed climate change and biodiversity, and the links between nature and culture. Regarding biodiversity and climate change, Paul Watkinson, Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), emphasized, via video link, the importance of strengthening the ties between the CBD and the UNFCCC. Delegates underscored the need to: increase efforts to address biodiversity and climate change in an integrated manner across all levels and sectors; strengthen synergies across the Rio Conventions and biodiversity-related conventions; and apply nature-based solutions to disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. On the links between nature and culture, many supported the draft recommendations, as developed by the Working Group on Article 8(j) last week, and the joint programme of work on the links between cultural and biological diversity between the Secretariat and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlighting that nature and culture are deeply integrated, especially in indigenous communities, and that such a link should be strengthened. A contact group, co-chaired by Anne Teller (EU) and Jorge Murillo (Colombia), met in the evening to discuss SBSTTA’s guidance regarding the mission, goals, targets, indicators, baselines, and monitoring framework for the post-2020 framework.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from WG8J 11 and SBSTTA 23. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from the meetings in HTML and PDF.

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Marina von Weissenberg, Finland, chairing the morning session
Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Cristina Romanelli, World Health Organization (WHO)
Gabriele Obermayr, Austria
Obaid Ali Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates
Boukar Attari, Niger
View of the dais during the morning session
Syed Mohazri Bin Syed Hazari, Malaysia
Sigurdur Thrainsson, Iceland
Johan Abenius, Sweden
Innocent Maloba and Günter Mitlacher, WWF International
From L-R: Nader Ibrahim, CBD Secretariat; SBSTTA 23 Chair Hesiquio Benítez Díaz; and CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper
Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles
Joséphine Thérèse Eloundou, Cameroon
Sujit Kumar Bajpayee, India
Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
Kent Nnadozie, ITPGRFA Secretary
Gwen Sisior, Palau
Mohammed Mobarak Alshamlan, Saudi Arabia
Marie Haraldstad, Norway
Mareike Imken, Foundation of Future Farming, and Ricarda Steinbrecher, Federation of German Scientists
Participants conferring during lunch break
Around the Venue


Negotiating blocs
European Union