COP15 expected to be postponed and moved

Press release, 20 June 2022
Reacting to the expected announcement of a further postponement of COP15 and its move from China to Montreal, Canada, by the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ebony Holland, senior researcher for IIED, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge for many and, understandably, organisers of the COP15 summit have prioritised safety and security. But confirmation of a date and venue for these crucial talks is very welcome after months, if not years, of uncertainty. 

“Following opening talks in October last year, it is critical that momentum isn’t lost and that societies transform their relationship with nature and climate for a healthy, prosperous, sustainable future.

"The global biodiversity framework to be agreed at COP15 needs to put people at its heart, prioritising and properly resourcing locally-led efforts to halt nature loss.”

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