COP 15 President meets with European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

On October 27, Huang Runqiu, President of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Minister of Ecology and Environment of China, had a video meeting with Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. The two sides further exchanged views on the second part of COP15 and key issues in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), including resource mobilization, protected area targets, and digital sequence information.

Huang Runqiu thanked the EU for its support to China's COP15 presidency, welcomed the recently announced financial commitment of the EU to support global biodiversity conservation, and looked forward to the EU to show more flexibility and play a bigger role in building consensus and promoting the adoption of a GBF that is ambitious, realistic and achievable. Virginijus Sinkevičius appreciated the bilateral and multilateral coordination and exchanges carried out intensively by China as the presidency. He expressed EU’s continued support to China and that the EU would continue to work together with China to move the negotiation forward and ensure successful outcomes in the second part of COP15.