Highlights and images for 25 February 2020



Co-Chairs Francis Ogwal and Basile van Havre

The second meeting of the Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG) resumed negotiations on the zero draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) on Tuesday, with delegates providing general remarks on its content. In the afternoon, delegates gathered for the first contact group to negotiate the organization and language of the goals, and to gather views on the language for the GBF mission. The contact group was co-chaired by Rosemary Paterson (New Zealand) and Vinod Mathur (India).During lunch, delegates attended an information session on the outcomes of the First Global Dialogue on Digital Sequence Information (DSI), which took place in Pretoria, South Africa, 6-8 November 2019. Gaute Voigt-Hanssen (Norway) provided an overview of how the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addresses DSI and stressed the need to better inform negotiators on issues around genetic resources and digital sequences.Elizabeth Karger (Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) outlined the use of DSI for biodiversity conservation as well as commercial uses. She also presented models of benefit-sharing developed during the dialogue, including bilateral and multilateral benefit-sharing, and benefit-sharing arising from subscription fees/levies. Suhel al-Janabi (ABS Initiative) noted that the models are not mutually exclusive, adding that the goal of the dialogue was to analyze possible approaches to deal with DSI. Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni (South Africa) summarized key points from the dialogue, including that: more dialogue is necessary, including at country, regional, and sectoral levels; the models require further engagement by various stakeholders; and resource mobilization is required for broader issues beyond benefit-sharing.In the evening, the second contact group co-chaired by Wadzanayi Goredema-Mandivenyi (South Africa) and Gabriele Obemayr (Austria) met to negotiate the organization and language on targets on reducing threats to biodiversity.After a first day of general statements and appreciation for the efforts taken to deliver a zero draft, delegates entered the second day of negotiations with expectations of tackling what some referred to as the substance of the GBF. As negotiations proceeded in two contact groups, participants expressed the need to leave the second WG with a simplified, yet ambitious GBF that is coherent with the objectives of the CBD and other global goals. Yet, many agreed that this is no easy feat as simplicity and ambition are not synonymous. While some cautioned that ambition needs to be commensurate with parties’ implementation ability, others argued that a specific goal on means of implementation is necessary to support the level of desired ambition. As contact group discussions on threats to biodiversity advanced into the night, some delegates, noting the continued pursuit for perfection, urged for flexibility to avoid paralyzing the process.

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Plenary Session
View of the dais during the plenary session
Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean
Keiichi Nakazawa, Japan
William Dunbar, UN University
Edwin Tambara, African Wildlife Foundation
El Khitma El Awad Mohammed, Sudan
Irene Hoffmann, FAO
Lara Samaha, Lebanon, with Belal Qtishat, Jordan
Informal meeting during the lunch break
Contact Groups
Vinod Mathur, India, and Rosemary Paterson, New Zealand, co-chaired the Contact Group on Goals, Mission, and CBD Decisions
Eric Okoree, Ghana
Leonardo Cleaver de Athayde, Brazil
Murillo Ferrer, Colombia, with Andrea Cruz-Angón, Mexico
Vida Posavec Vukelić, Croatia, with Janne Kotiaho, Finland
Jane Smart, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, University of Brasilia
Co-Chairs and Secretariat conferring during a break in negotiations
Moustafa Fouda and Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt
Martha Mphatso Kalemba, Malawi
Yangzhao Sun, China
From L-R: Contact group on Threats to Biodiversity Co-Chairs Wadzanayi Goredema-Mandivenyi, South Africa and Gabriele Obermayr, Austria; and Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat
Belal Qtishat, Jordan
Nele Marien, Friends of the Earth International
Andi Rusandi, Indonesia
Delegates from Africa coordinating during a break in negotiations
Delegates from the EU conferring
Information Session: Digital Sequence Information (DSI)
From L-R: Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni, South Africa; Gaute Voigt-Hanssen, Norway; Suhel al-Janabi, ABS Initiative; and Elizabeth Karger, Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Suhel al-Janabi, ABS Initiative
Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
Elizabeth Karger, GIZ



Negotiating blocs
European Union