UN Nature Summit scheduled for Montreal as COVID-hit China steps aside | Science-Environment

UN negotiations to seal a global pact to protect nature, already delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will move to Canada in December after an agreement was reached with host nation China. environmentalists said Monday.

Some 195 nations are tasked with finalizing a new agreement to stop and reverse damage to plants, animals and ecosystems at the United Nations summit, known as COP15, to be held in the third quarter of 2022 in the city. Kunming China. . But with China’s borders closed due to its zero-COVID strategy, the host nation last month proposed postponing the talks, already delayed four times, once again until 2023, a move widely opposed https://news.trust.org /item/20220520134812 -7xdrf by other countries willing to reach an agreement.

Li Shuo, policy adviser to Greenpeace China, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that governments had decided that COP15 will take place from December 5 to 17 in Montreal, the site of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity ( CBD). “This should now focus everyone’s attention on the quality of the agreement, which means ambitious targets to ensure strong protection both on land and at sea, and a strong implementation package,” he added.

An official announcement has yet to be made, ahead of another round of talks due to start in Nairobi on Tuesday. But the proposed arrangements were also confirmed by Susan Lieberman, vice president for international policy at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“The COP15 office, including China, is said to have agreed to hold COP15 in Montreal,” he said, referring to a logistics meeting that took place over the weekend. The CBD, which is developing the new agreement with host China, Chinese government officials working on the summit and Environment Canada did not respond to requests for comment.

COP15 talks have stalled over difficulties meeting face-to-face during the pandemic, with the first in-person talks on the deal in two years taking place in Geneva in March. A draft version of the deal includes a goal of conserving at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030, but funding for poorer nations to help them meet this and other goals has long been a sticking point. .

Progress at the Geneva session disappointed many observers, and more last-minute negotiations were hastily arranged for Nairobi this week. Green groups said it was vital to push the deal forward that the new COP15 dates be set before the Kenya meeting.

“Nature is not just a tool in the fight against climate change. Nature is the reason why we must stop climate change,” said Tom Crowther, professor of ecology at ETH Zurich. “This is why it is critical that our governments set and achieve ambitious targets to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, and scheduling COP15 for this year is an essential first step,” he added in a statement.

Crowther was among the signatories of an open letter to environment ministers on Friday from environmental groups, scientific institutions and business organisations, warning of the risks of not setting a date for COP15 before the Nairobi talks.

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