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Ahead COP16, 196 delegates meet in Nairobi, review plans to advance biodiversity

By Samuel Ogunsona

Delegates of the 196 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and observer organizations will meet in Nairobi, Kenya.

The delegates will explore opportunities that advance the implementation of Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF).

The fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 4) of the CBD, would take place from 21-29 May at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

This will be the first strategic meeting since the adoption of KMGBF by the world community at COP 15 in Montreal, Canada.

However, the 9-day strategic meeting will see a decisive round of negotiations to strengthen the implementation of the KMGBF branded as “The Biodiversity Plan” ahead of COP16 in Cali city later this year.

The Chirra Achalender Reddy of India, Chair of SBI, said: “Delegates will come together at SBI 4 in Nairobi to further develop mechanisms to support the implementation of the Biodiversity Plan, through finance, capacity building and cooperation among countries and organizations, and to monitor and review progress in implementation.”

The Acting Executive Secretary of the CBD
David Cooper, who emphasized on getting it right as a crucial success of the global endeavor for people and nature said the challenge is to ensure that the global aims of the Biodiversity Plan are translated into nationally relevant targets that consider the context and the biophysical realities of each country.

He said there is no one-size-fits-a approach.

At the meeting, developed country Parties are expected to provide new, additional and adequate financial resources to developing country Parties.

The agenda item on finance will receive heightened attention as the deadline to mobilize US$ 20 billion per year by 2025 through international financial flows approaches.

The Parties will consider a range of options for advancing biodiversity finance in line with Articles 20 and 21 of the CBD. That could include a new dedicated fund as well as bolstering existing mechanisms, including the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

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