Highlights and images for 21 November 2019



Highlights for Thursday, 21 November 2019

Delegates conferring during a break in negotiations

The 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continued its deliberations in plenary in the morning to discuss: the contribution of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework; links between nature and culture in the post-2020 framework; recommendations from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII); and a conference room paper on the in-depth dialogue. Delegates further heard a report from Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Basile van Havre (Canada), Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Framework. The Co-Chairs emphasized three phases in the process of developing the post-2020 framework: a broad consultation across the UN regions, completed with the first Working Group meeting in August 2019; a deeper dive into thematic areas, including ecosystem restoration, marine and coastal biodiversity, capacity building, resource mobilization, and access and benefit-sharing; and text-based negotiations starting with the zero draft, to be published on 13 January 2020, until the draft’s approval, scheduled for the third Working Group meeting in July 2020. Highlights of the day include:

  • wide recognition that the connection between culture and nature provides an untapped potential for achieving the 2050 vision of living in harmony with nature;
  • deliberations on balancing the three objectives of the Convention in the development of the post-2020 framework with respect to biocultural diversity;
  • calls to promote and respect the full provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); and
  • a discussion on indigenous rights vis-à-vis the rights of local communities.
  • A contact group met in the afternoon, focusing on the development of a fully integrated programme of work on Article 8(j) within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The contact group, co-chaired by Rosemary Paterson (New Zealand) and Lucy Mulenkei (International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, IIFB), was mandated to work through the draft recommendations to COP 15, and to consider what advice the Working Group on Article 8(j) might want to provide to the Working Group on the Post-2020 Framework on issues relating to Article 8(j).For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from SBSTTA 23 and WG8J 11.

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    Working Group Co-Chair Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt
    William Dunbar, UN University
    Joséphine Thérèse Eloundou, Cameroon
    Rina Miyake, Japan
    Florina López Miró, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)
    Joaqin Salzberg, Argentina
    Working Group Co-Chair Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, Nepal
    Naeem Ashraf Raja, Pakistan
    Donatian Gustave, Saint Lucia
    Luciana Melchert, Brazil
    Raed Bani-Hani, Jordan
    Linda Lund, Norway
    Tim Badman, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Nele Marien, Friends of the Earth International
    Lennart Kümper-Schlake, Germany
    Gillian Dunuan, Philippines
    Francis Ogwal, Co-Chair, Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    Basile van Havre, Co-Chair, Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    Contact Group on IPLCs and the Post-2020 Framework
    Contact Group Co-Chairs Lucy Mulenkei, IIFB and Rosemary Paterson, New Zealand
    Saami delegates during Contact Group negotiations
    Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland
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