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Nairobi Biodiversity Talks Leave Much Unresolved

Progress finalising the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was limited during the latest talks in Nairobi. Over the course of the six-day meeting, gathered parties “rationalised parts of [the GBF], achieved consensus on several targets, and proposed diverse options for large parts of the framework”, according to a statement by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). However, some attendees said they were concerned that progress was slower than expected, with parties only reaching clear agreement on Target 19.2 (strengthening capacity-building and development, access to and transfer of technology) and Target 12 (urban biodiversity). A further meeting will be taking place in Montreal in December. The CBD statement acknowledged that “a considerable amount of work will be required” in Montreal to advance the text so its ready. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD’s Executive Secretary and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, said: “I want to thank the parties for their hard work, their commitment to consensus, and honest engagement in these negotiations. These efforts are considerable and have produced a text that, with additional work, will be the basis for reaching the 2050 vision of the Convention: a life in harmony with nature. I call upon the parties, in the next months, to vigorously engage with the text, to listen to each other and seek consensus, and to prepare the final text for adoption at COP15.”

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