Highlights and images for 16 December 2022

Montreal, Canada

Fresh snow embellished the day, as delegates kept busy on the draft global biodiversity framework (GBF) and other items. The high-level segment continued, with speakers highlighting the urgency of addressing biodiversity loss.

Negotiations on the GBF progressed on its sections, including on responsibility and transparency, and communication, education, awareness, and uptake, as well as on target 17 on biotechnology. The contact group on digital sequence information (DSI) addressed a revised non-paper including two options: the first one establishing a process on the way forward, and the second one establishing a global benefit-sharing mechanism and a process for its operationalization. Delegates acknowledged the constructive work achieved and forwarded the non-paper to Working Group I for its consideration. The enhanced multidimensional approach to planning, monitoring, reporting, and review was the focus of deliberations in more than one group, highlighting the close interlinkages among agenda items.

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Delegates trying to agree on common text

Delegates attempting to agree on compromise text

Working Group II focused on finalizing draft decisions on various agenda items, including on linkages of biodiversity with climate change, and with health. Delegates approved the draft decision on biodiversity and health, with only items related to DSI remaining outstanding. In the draft decision, the COP requests the completion of a draft global action plan to mainstream biodiversity and health linkages into national policies. Divergence of views persisted regarding reference to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in the draft decision on biodiversity and climate change. In the evening, the Working Group decided to defer consideration of the item to a meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice to be held prior to COP 16.

Delegates from Africa conferring during a contact group on the GBF

Delegates from Africa conferring during a contact group on the GBF

Other groups focused on the financial mechanism, resource mobilization, and the monitoring framework of the GBF.

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