On International Biodiversity Day, Colombia presents to the world its bets for COP16

On International Biodiversity Day, Colombia presents to the world its bets for COP16
On International Biodiversity Day, Colombia presents to the world its bets for COP16
  • As future president of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Minister Susana Muhamad announced that she will focus her efforts so that countries advance in meeting the 23 global goals on biodiversity by 2030.
  • Programs for indigenous peoples; Searching for financing models for the goals of the Global Biodiversity Framework and access to the benefits derived from genetic resources are also part of the bets that the country will take to the negotiating tables.
  • With a strong message of Peace with Nature, Minister Muhamad also assured that in the next two years, Colombia will have a solid international role in order to bring about changes that allow reconciliation between society and nature.

Bogotá, Colombia, May 22, 2024. (@MinAmbienteCo). As organizer and host of COP16, the most important biodiversity summit in the world, Colombia has an unprecedented opportunity to ratify its international prominence as a leader in climate action and nature protection. Given this scenario and within the framework of the International Biodiversity Day, the Minister of Environment, Susana Muhamad, anticipated the four main bets that Colombia will put on the table.

  1. Approval of the global work plan for ethnic peoples as custodians of biodiversity.

Colombia will work to adopt Article 8J of the Kunming – Montreal Framework, which recognizes the important roles and contributions of these peoples and communities as custodians of biological diversity and partners in its restoration, conservation and sustainable use.

80% of biodiversity is in the hands of indigenous peoples and local communities in the world. Therefore, from the Presidency of Colombia we want to strongly support her voice and her role.”said Minister Muhamad.

  1. Contribute to the financing of the fulfillment of the goals of the Kunming – Montreal Global Framework.

Colombia will seek to bring the results, together with Germany, France and Kenya, of the panel of experts that was launched in Dubai around debt, climate and nature, to begin to open the perspectives of financing processes.

With the good news of the biodiversity fund, which is now operational, we are on track to meet the financing goal by 2025. We believe that we need a new form of financial relationship, a new international financial pact to address the triple planetary crisis: biodiversity, climate and pollution“said the minister.

  1. Evaluation of countries’ actions to meet the 23 biodiversity goals by 2030.

For the minister, it is essential to monitor the commitments that each country made in the Kunming – Montreal World Framework, the historic agreement reached at the end of COP15, in 2022. “In Cali the countries have to present their action plans and the Presidency, with the entire convention, is going to show how we are doing and if the countries are complying”Muhamad assured.

  1. Access to the benefits derived from genetic resources.

As the future presidency of the CBD, we will do our best to establish a framework for access to benefits from digitized genetic chains and genetic resources. In that sense, the minister highlighted that: “In conversation with the network of megadiverse countries, it was identified that this is a debt of the Convention on Biological Diversity that must be settled with priority to advance within this fair framework.”.

These four big bets will contribute to the fulfillment of the 23 global goals on biodiversity by 2030, among which is recovering and conserving 30% of degraded natural territories. The minister reaffirmed that this work will be the biodiversity legacy of the Government of Change for the country.

What is COP16 on Biodiversity?

The Conference of the Parties (COP) involves 196 countries around the world, linked to the Convention on Biological Diversity, an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and which entered into force in 1993, with the purpose of conserving biological diversity, seeking sustainable use and guaranteeing the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of the genetic resources of the species.

The COP on biodiversity is the most important event in the world on this matter and will be the bridge to establish agendas, commitments and frameworks for action in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as to address challenges such as the climate crisis. , the loss of natural habitats, the overexploitation of natural resources, among others. In 2024, Colombia will host this summit for the first time, for 12 days in the city of Cali, starting on October 21.

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