CBD Alliance COP 15 Opening Statement

COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) comes following the recently concluded Climate Change and Wildlife Trade conferences, which are related to biodiversity. CoP15.2 is long anticipated given the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was supposed to be actioned between 2021 and 2030 but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This puts implementation of the global strategy to halt biodiversity loss 2 years behind schedule.

The African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance, a member of the CBD Alliance is also participating in COP15. ACBA seeks to rally Africa CSOs to speak with one voice in matters of Sustainable Use of Nature and also strongly encourage the Global Biodiversity Framework to equally reflect the three objectives of the CBD which are: Conservation of biological Diversity, Sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resource.

In the opening plenary of COP15, through the CBDA intervention, we stressed the need to “shift towards sustainable food systems, especially agroecology. We also reject the current agribusiness model that involves risky biotechnologies, high inputs of pesticides and fertilizers and threatens livelihoods, pollinators, soil and other fauna.”

We call upon different parties to consider our positions as it is clear that “people of the world can only live in harmony with nature if the CBD approves a GBF which is based upon environmental integrity and is genuinely rights-based, gender-just and equitable.”

To read more about our opening statement please click here