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News The 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (OEWG-2), in Rome

Our colleagues Han de Koeijer (CEBioS) and Hendrik Segers (National Focal Point CBD) attended the 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (OEWG-2) in Rome, Italy from 24 to 29 February 2020.

Source IISD, CBD, CEBioS
Release date 11/03/2020
Contributor Lucie Ongena
Geographical coverage Rome, Italy
Keywords OEWG-2, CBD, workshop

Prior to the OEWG-2, a thematic consultation on transparent implementation, reporting, monitoring and review for the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) was held at FAO headquarters in Rome from 20 to 22 February 2020. 

« This is the second of three preparatory meetings, with the first meeting convening on 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya to consider:

  • outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process;
  • potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework;
  • future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020;
  • and tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. 

The third meeting is expected to convene from 7-31 July 2020 in Cali, Colombia. »

Our colleagues took part in a lot of co-ordinates to defend the Belgian position with the other Belgian delegates. They also made reports of the plenary and CG meetings for input to the Belgian delegation.


Regional statements from the OEWG-2:

  • « The African Group, noting the increased level of ambition based on new elements included into the GBF, called for additional funds for implementation;
  • The EU said the GBF should be realistic and ambitious enough to communicate and engage everyone in the desired transformative change;
  • The Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) said the desire to conserve biodiversity is clearly reflected in the GBF’s ambitions, but cautioned that financial resources have always been the “Achilles heal of the CBD”;
  • New Zealand, on behalf of a group of non-EU developed countries, emphasized the need to involve indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs), women, youth, subnational and local governments, and the private sector in order to provide a roadmap for transformative actions;
  • And Central and Eastern Europe noted the importance of measurable indicators and called for sharing of outcomes of upcoming consultative meetings.»


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