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Elizabeth Maruma Mrema appointed head of UN Biodiversity Convention June 09,2020   |  Source: UNEP

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Ms. Mrema has served as the CBD Acting Executive Secretary since 1 December 2019. She becomes the seventh Executive Secretary to head the UN Biodiversity Convention.


“It is my great honour to assume the leadership of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity at this critical time for biodiversity,” said Ms. Maruma. “The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has reaffirmed what we already know – that biodiversity is fundamental for human health - and has given us all a new urgency to protect it.”

“My immediate priority is to ensure successful negotiations in developing a robust and ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework.”

The appointment of Ms. Mrema coincides with the transition from the present Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets to a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework expected to be agreed by the Conference of the Parties (COP) next year in Kunming, China.

The Zero Draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, released earlier this year, outlines five long-term goals to related to the

 

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