Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, November 15th On the 15th, during the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “Biodiversity China, the presidency of the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP15), and Canada, the host country of the second phase of COP15, co-hosted the “Biodiversity Action Ministerial Event: The Final Sprint on the Road to COP15” in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The representative of the COP15 presidency, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, and the representative of the host country, Steven Gilbeau, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, delivered speeches at the opening and closing ceremonies of the event.
The event aims to use the last opportunity before the second phase of COP15 to highlight the importance of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity “Achieve an effort. The event invites the ministers of the parties to discuss the mission of the global biodiversity framework and resource mobilization issues, point out the direction and build consensus on the key issues of the “framework”, encourage all parties to further increase their political will and enthusiasm, and support and promote COP15 to reach an ambitious and a pragmatically balanced “framework”.
Zhao Yingmin said that since the Convention on Biological Diversity came into effect, with the joint efforts of the international community, the process of global biodiversity conservation has been steadily advancing, and international cooperation has continued to deepen. However, at present, the downward trend of global biodiversity has not been fundamentally curbed, and the international community generally expects COP15 to be a key node in reversing global biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.
Zhao Yingmin pointed out that, as the presidency of COP15, China has spared no effort to play a leading and coordinating role to promote the process of global biodiversity conservation. In October 2021, the first phase of the COP15 meeting was successfully held in Kunming, China. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the leaders’ summit via video and delivered a keynote speech, announcing that China took the lead in investing 1.5 billion yuan to establish the Kunming Biodiversity Fund and formally established the first batch of A series of pragmatic and powerful host country initiatives such as national parks, and the adoption of the Kunming Declaration at the meeting injected strong political impetus into the process of global biodiversity governance.
At the meeting, China called on all parties to actively practice the global governance concept of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, further strengthen the political will to reach the “framework”, seize the last opportunity to sprint before the meeting, and take into account all countries. Based on the actual situation, fully demonstrate the spirit of collaboration, pragmatic attitude and flexibility, and promote the achievement of a “framework” that is both ambitious and pragmatic.
The ministers and representatives of various countries highly appreciated China‘s leading role and leadership as the presidency of COP15 in promoting the conference and the “Framework” consultation process, and fully affirmed Canada as the host country in the preparation of the conference Efforts made and progress made. The representatives said that in order to effectively curb and reverse the global trend of biodiversity loss, the international community should maintain a sense of urgency. Only by ensuring the smooth adoption of the “Framework” can the goals of protection, funding, capacity, and technology be gradually implemented. All parties highly expect the second phase of COP15 to reach a “framework” that is both ambitious and pragmatic.
Ministerial representatives from nearly 30 key parties to the convention, including the European Union, Czech Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Gabon, Malaysia, Ecuador, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom, United Nations Environment Inger Arnold, Executive Director of the Program and Elizabeth Murema, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity attended the event.