In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the CBD meetings have been delayed. The CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, and Subsidiary Body on Implementation originally scheduled for May 2020 have been postponed, with other major meetings and the Conference of the Parties also delayed. The CBD Secretariat is currently exploring options and will provide further updates in due course. The schedule for CBD meetings is available at: Calendar of SCBD Meetings.
In 2020 the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Strategic Plan and its Aichi Targets will expire.
The CBD has started a process to develop a new global biodiversity framework. The new framework will be agreed by Parties at the next Conference of Parties (COP-15) (timing will be determined by the CBD Secretariat in due course). In the lead up to COP-15, world leaders, ministers and policy makers, representatives of civil society, academia, Indigenous peoples, business, youth, women, and other interested stakeholders, will be meeting to discuss what a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will look like.
The CBD is of great importance to Australia. The CBD guides international action on a broad range of issues that impact Australia. It also provides a guiding framework which informs domestic biodiversity conservation priorities. This protection of biodiversity is critical as Australia is one of 17 countries in the world described as ‘mega diverse’. This group of countries cover less than 10 per cent of the world’s area but support more than 70 per cent of biodiversity. Most of which is endemic.
Australia has been a party to the CBD since 1993. Australia was actively involved in negotiating the current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and Aichi targets, and have demonstrated good progress to date. There is much to be learned from the development of the Aichi targets and their implementation internationally. Australia will work with all parties to do better through a new, ambitious and focused strategy that addresses the key divers of biodiversity loss.
Using the strong foundation provided by the Aichi targets, Australia is now actively engaged in negotiating a new GBF which looks to build on the progress made under the current framework. Australia is committed to ensuring that the development of the new framework is participatory and inclusive. Acknowledging this process must be Party-led, all interested actors can and should be able to contribute directly to process. We encourage all stakeholders to contribute directly to the CBD Secretariat via written submissions and/or attendance at a variety of CBD-organised events, workshops and meetings. We also encourage direct engagement with the Australian Government to help us formulate and advocate Australian positions.
Australia is pursuing a focus on the following high priority areas in the new GBF:
- the effective, joint management of land and sea scapes;
- invasive alien species management and prevention;
- promoting actions which further enhance the societal, economic and human well-being benefits of biodiversity; and
- sustainable use and waste management, including through a circular economy.
To support consultation on the GBF, the Department ran a series of workshops to engage a cross-section of Australian stakeholders and better understand their perspectives on what the new framework should contain.
Three full-day consultation workshops were held in Perth (24 September), Melbourne (25 September), Brisbane (30 September) and Sydney (16 October). The focus of these meetings was to provide an open and inclusive space for discussions and ideas to be generated on the GBF, including round-table group discussions and activities.
Over 140 people from over 60 organisations attended and contributed; including non-government organisations, businesses, Indigenous individuals, state and local governments, extractive industries, and science and research institutions.
As part of the process to develop the post-2020 framework, international negotiations will be held in a number of forums in the lead up to COP-15. However, all international fora have been delayed due to COVID-19. During this time, the Australian government has prioritised the safety and well-being of the Australian people.
The Australian Government will continue to be involved in the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, in the lead up to agreement by all Parties at COP-15.
The Australian Government is committed to engaging the Australian public in the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. We are currently working though how we will continue to engage and understand the views of all Australian, given the effects of COVID-19 on all Australians.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the development of the post-2020 framework is an open and participatory process. To receive updates on the CBD’s Post-2020 framework, including on opportunities to be involved, subscribe to our mailing list. On the subscribe page, scroll down to the Environment News heading and tick The Convention on Biological Diversity Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
If you have specific enquiries or wish to contact us directly, email: CBDPost2020AUS@environment.gov.au.
- Convention on Biological Diversity Post-2020
- CBD post-2020 Co-Chairs’ updates
- Zero draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
- Outcomes of the Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
- CBD meeting schedule
- Biodiversity-related Conventions
- Rio Conventions
- Aichi Targets
- UN Convention on Biological Diversity