Adoption of the Kunming Declaration on biodiversity
The High-Level Segment meeting as part of the fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) concluded today with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, by which the Parties to the Convention committed to adopt and implement an ambitious global biodiversity framework. The aim is to stop the loss of biodiversity by 2030 and facilitate its recovery.
Today’s adoption of the Kunming Declaration is an important step in the right direction. The declaration will have a positive effect on further negotiations on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
By adopting the declaration, the high representatives of the Contracting Parties expressed their awareness of the urgent need to develop an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to put biodiversity on the path to recovery. Tackling the crisis of biodiversity loss, which is closely related to the crisis of climate change, requires a decisive response, including setting ambitious goals for 2030 and stepping up the measures to protect biodiversity at the local, national and global levels. In doings so, it will be important to integrate biodiversity in all governmental policies and economic sectors, including the financial sector, and all segments of society. It is expected that the declaration will contribute to the transformation necessary to implement the measures which, according to the 2019 global assessment of biodiversity status by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, are crucial for stopping the loss of biodiversity by 2030.