On October 25, Huang Runqiu, President of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) and Minister of Ecology and Environment of China, met with Lord Benyon, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom by video. The two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of 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 on genetic resources.
Huang Runqiu expressed his appreciation to the UK for supporting China's presidency in preparing for the second part of COP15, and for the important role the UK has been playing in resource mobilization and visibility raising of COP15. He hoped that the UK would continue to show flexibility and work with China to strengthen coordination and consensus and promote the adoption of an ambitious, realistic and balanced GBF. Lord Benyon appreciated the leadership demonstrated by China as COP 15 presidency and reiterated UK’s support to China in jointly promoting the success of the second part of COP15 and advancing the global biodiversity governance process.