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SBSTTA virtual session focus on post-2020 global biodiversity framework May 04,2021   |  Source: IISD

The 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held its first virtual session to advance the preparations for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP). SBSTTA Chair Hesiquio Benitez (Mexico) formally opened the meeting and led a moment of silence in memory of those whose lives have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the COP-14 Presidency, Hamdallah Zedan (Egypt) expressed hope that parties will make collective progress towards adopting an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Elizabeth Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary, welcomed everyone’s active participation in the discussions, including ensuring that scientific and technical advice informs the development of updated goals, targets, indicators and baselines for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Chair Benitez, noting the current online format does not set a precedent for future CBD meetings, explained that all plenary statements from the informal sessions in preparation for SBSTTA 24 in February 2021 will be taken into account when preparing conference room papers (CRPs). He then urged participants to only raise additional issues in plenary

Theme(s): Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Landing Centres, Others, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Communities and Organisations, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources.

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