These meetings are being convened virtually as an exceptional measure due to the conditions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates have been confirmed for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), two meetings essential to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be agreed later this year in Kunming, China.
Holding these meetings virtually does not constitute a precedent for the organization of future meetings under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Further details are contained in the following scenario notes:
The meetings will build upon the work of the informal meetings of the two bodies that were held in February and March 2021.
These meetings will allow for the timely preparation of COP-15, being held under the theme, "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth", from 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, China. The post-2020 framework is expected to play a significant role in building resilience, galvanizing national action and international cooperation for nature in face of growing environmental, health and development challenges.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will continue to monitor further developments regarding the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic. The Secretariat will announce any further changes that may become necessary.
The CBD Secretariat will continue to monitor further developments regarding the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic and announce any further changes that may become necessary.