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(Nairobi, Kenya—June 27, 2022)— IFAW has raised concerns about the lack of progress made during crucial UN biodiversity talks and is calling for more urgent action to protect biodiversity.
Held in Nairobi, the fourth meeting of the open-ended working group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was tasked with progressing final commitments and goals so it can be adopted at the 15th CBD Conference of the Parties (CoP15) in Montreal later this year.
With biodiversity and ecosystems across our planet on the brink of collapse, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) warns there is still a massive gap between what is needed to sufficiently address this global crisis and the woefully inadequate text currently on the table.
Megan O’Toole, Director of International Policy at IFAW, issued the following statement:
“We are grateful to all governments and the CBD Secretariat for the continued work and long hours to ensure that the Framework will be adopted by the end of 2022. However, we have significant concerns that the lack of progress at this meeting may reflect a lack of ambition and urgency to commit to meaningful or impactful measures to protect the world’s biodiversity.
“For many topics, recently negotiated text was largely thrown out and replaced, at times negating the work Parties have put into this process already. This raises concerns that such a pattern will continue at a potential fifth open-ended working group and CoP15 in Montreal later this year, particularly for several key components of the Framework that may now be in jeopardy:
“There is a long way to go to finalize the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and we hope governments will arrive in Montreal this December ready to finally address the significant conservation and biodiversity issues that will continue to worsen if we fail to act now. IFAW is committed to continued support in these endeavors, both at CoP15 and with any resulting implementation efforts.”
About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
IFAW is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. We are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we’re up against are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we match fresh thinking with bold action. We partner with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses. Together, we pioneer new and innovative ways to help all species flourish. See how at ifaw.org
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