The Kunming - Montreal Framework

May 30, 2023
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From COP 15 to COP 16: The Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework

In an earlier issue, we highlighted the involvement of the Environment Unit in the Conference of Parties, COP 15, in Montreal. In preparation for COP 15, NWAC hosted a roundtable to engage Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse Peoples in a wide-ranging discussion around the Global Biodiversity Framework, particularly targets 21 and 22 of the framework. Both targets focus in part on issues related to gender diversity, Indigeneity, and biodiversity protection.

NWAC was also invited by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), to host a side event at COP 15. At the Canada Pavilion , we collaborated with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources to deliver four presentations.

Deliberations emanating from COP 15 have led to new commitments by parties to the Convention of Biological Biodiversity regarding global biodiversity protection under the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework. These commitments relate to the development and communication, and implementation of national targets.

Preparing for COP 16

In 2024, the national targets will form the basis for deliberations during the next Conference of Parties, COP 16, in Türkiye, formally the Republic of Turkey. The focus of COP 16 will be “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity.” If invited, NWAC plans to be part of the Canadian delegation.

In preparation for a possible appearance in Türkiye, and as part of our formal engagement with ECCC under the program Supporting Capacity of National Indigenous Representatives to Engage in Conservation, the Environment Unit will engage Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People in a roundtable discussion regarding Canada’s commitments to the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework.

Keep following NWAC’s social media platforms for information and updates on our engagements related to this Framework.