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COP15 make-or-break moment for humankind: UN biodiversity leader

The adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework is top of the agenda at a major upcoming United Nations conference as the world faces « the greatest loss of species on Earth since the dinosaurs’ demise. »

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), made the remarks ahead of the second part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) held from Dec. 7 to 19 in Montreal, Canada.

The CBD Secretariat said in a statement that COP15 in Montreal is expected to adopt a new global biodiversity framework with ambitious goals and specific action targets to achieve transformational change by the middle of the century.

The second phase of COP15 follows the first part held last year in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, with the continued theme of « Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth. »

Mrema noted that as chair of COP15, China has made enormous efforts to consult counterparts globally, organizing various multilateral events and bilateral discussions to secure an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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