CBD COP Preparation
The Covid-19 pandemic had and still has major influence on the schedule of CBD meetings. The original plan of having SBSTTA 24/SBI 3 in May 2020, OEWG 3 in July 2020 in Columbia and COP 15 in October 2020 in China became impossible already in spring 2020 when the first wave of the pandemic did hit most countries in the world. Since then the CBD secretariat and its partners struggle to keep the momentum and find new possible dates (and venues) for meetings. They also make use of online formats as far as possible.
New releases on the CBD webpage (https://www.cbd.int/process/) now announce several online meetings for December 2020 that are relevant for the development of the post-2020 GBF. These include the following:
- Second Global Thematic Dialogue for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, December 1-3rd. IPLCs are an important group in CBD negotiations and already voiced positions on the zero draft of the GBF at the second meeting of the OEWG. This dialogue will give the opportunity to prepare key messages of IPLCs on the updated zero draft and the monitoring framework. The provisional agenda of the meeting can be found here: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2020-05
- Briefing webinar on agenda item 5 of the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. This webinar is held twice to accommodate different time zones: December 10th for the Americas, Europe, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and December 10-11th for Asia and the Pacific. Agenda item 5 of SBI 3 is the post-2020 GBF. The document for the meeting (https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-OM-2020-01) clearly states that the intention of this webinar is just a briefing on progress made by the co-chairs of the OEWG and will NOT include any negotiations on the GBF as such. It also includes the link for the online registration which is necessary for participation.
- Special virtual session for SBSTTA-24 and SBI-03 on biodiversity, One Health and COVID-19, December 15-16th. The programme document (https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-SBI-SS-02) states that the meeting will give the opportunity for member states and observers for statements, but no recommendations will be derived. A discussion note by the secretariat is announced bit not yet available. This meeting needs registration through the secretariat (including nomination of representatives) and a respective notification was issued to all Parties and observers.
All these meetings are listed as confirmed, while future meetings in 2021 are still tentative.