The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed many meetings surrounding the post-2020 process under the Convention on Biological Diversity. We will endeavor to keep this page updated with the latest information about rescheduled meetings and events.
This is not an exhaustive list of documents and initiatives surrounding the post-2020 process. If you have a resource, article, or initiative you would like us to consider adding, please get in contact with us.
The Conference of the Parties has considered and approved these revised dates:
- Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15): 17-30 May 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China
- Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24): 2-7 November 2020, Quebec City, Canada
- Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3): 9-14 November 2020, Quebec City, Canada
To facilitate preparations for SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3, a series of special virtual sessions of SBSTTA and SBI are being scheduled for 15-18 September, 2020. These sessions will include the launch of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, and the testing of a Party-led review process through an open-ended forum. Further information regarding these sessions will be made available in due course.
Draft recommendation submitted by the Co-Chairs
Updates on the implementation of the process for developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Submissions to the CBD from parties, non-parties, and observers.
IUCN’s submissions to the post-2020 process, information papers, and other useful reads.
The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report
An global assessment of status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of biodiversity and ecosystem services on human well-being and the effectiveness of responses, including the Strategic Plan and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
A comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet.
An easy to understand guidebook by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) about the importance of biodiversity, the Convention on Biological Diversity and how the CBD process works.
Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use: an implementation framework
Locke, H., Ellis, E. C., Venter, O., Schuster, R., Ma, K., Shen, X., … Watson, J. E. M. (2019). National Science Review, 6(6), 1080–1082.
Gannon, P., Dubois, G., Dudley, N., Ervin, J., Ferrier, S., Gidda, S., … Shestakov, A. (2019). PARKS, 25(2), 7–18.
A Review of Evidence for Area-based Conservation Targets for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
Woodley, S., Locke, H., Laffoley, D., Mackinnon, K., Sandwith, T., & Smart, J. (2019). PARKS, 25(2), 31–46.
Woodley, S., Bhola, N., Maney, C., & Locke, H. (2019). PARKS, 25(2), 19–30.
Dinerstein, E., Vynne, C., Sala, E., Joshi, A. R., Fernando, S., Lovejoy, T. E., … Wikramanayake, E. (2019). Science Advances, 5(4). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2869
A statement from group of NGOs outlining key milestones the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must incorporate to reach the 2050 Convention on Biological Diversity Vision.
A coalition of Nature Champions of international leaders from philanthropy, industry, NGOs, UN agencies, Indigenous peoples and governments came together at the Nature Champions Summit in Montréal, Canada in April, 2019.
The Nature-Based Solutions Coalition co-led by China and New Zealand launched the NBS for Climate Manifesto ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019.
While we are working directly on the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), collaboration with other international conventions and their roles in setting new targets for the CBD is important. Below is a list of some of the other conventions related to this process.
|Convention||Website||Year||Topics||# of Parties|
|Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (RAMSAR)||ramsar.org||1971||Environment (species preservation; waterfowl; wetlands)||170|
|Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage||unesco.org||1972||Cultural and natural heritage||193|
|Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)||cites.org||1973||Environmental (species preservation)||183|
|Convention on Biological Diversity||cbd.int||1992||Environment (species preservation; sustainable development)||196|
|UN Framework Convention on Climate Change/Paris Agreement||unfccc.int||1992/2015||Environment (climate change)||197/184|
|UN Convention to Combat Desertification||unccd.int||1994||Environment (desertification)||197|
Building on the Beyond Aichi sessions held at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014, the purpose of the WCPA’s Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force is two-fold:
1. To help build global momentum for the Promise of Sydney to scale up conservation, using protected areas as the key conservation tool, and
2. To ensure that, in 2020, new global conservation targets for spatial conservation are set that would be meaningful for achieving the CBD’s basic purpose, which is the conservation of biological diversity and the halting of biodiversity loss.
Informed by the best available science, and a range of perspectives, the Task Force will ask and seek to answer what are truly sustainable conservation targets. It is understood that in a world of 7.5 billion, the targets will vary by ecological and social conditions and thus will require an ecoregion by ecoregion approach. The Task Force will not endeavour to impose a “one size fits all” approach.
The Task Force holds in person consultations around the world, has conducted a large global scientific survey (soon to be published) and has conducted an extensive literature review relating to conservation targets (soon to be published). It is exploring the idea that there are Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation that require separate approaches for conservation no matter what an overall percentage target for protected and conserved areas might be. The Task Force also engages in one-on-one conversations with Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other sectors of society. Its office is in Banff National Park, Canada.
Conservation targets have been demonstrated to encourage conservation. Those things that are measured tend to get done.
Conservation targets began in the 1980s and have become very important today. For a history of conservation targets, see The International Movement to Protect Half the World: Origins, Scientific Foundations, and Policy Implications (Locke, 2018).
No. As the Aichi Targets are designed to be implemented by 2020, “Beyond Aichi” indicates what global conservation targets should be after, or post, 2020.
The current target Aichi Biodiversity Targets have some links to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14 and 15, and ecological integrity is considered important in the Paris Agreement. That said, there is a great need to better integrate the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the SDGs.
The IUCN is the world’s largest international environmental network of organizations and experts and contributes knowledge and tools to public, private, and non-governmental organizations to promote human progress and nature conservation together.
The World Commission on Protected Areas is one of six commissions of the IUCN that assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide the IUCN with expert scientific and policy advice.
The Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force was appointed by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
The Task Force is focused on the post-2020 framework that will be developed under the CBD in Beijing in 2020. It interacts with the Secretariat and the Parties to the Convention but is not formally a part of either.
This is not an exhaustive list of events leading up to the Convention on Biological Diversity. We will continue to update this timeline as meetings are rescheduled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for the UNEP WCMC 2020 Biodiversity Strategic Planning Timeline, another great resource providing information on various events leading to the next Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020.
- Promise of Sydney, IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia
Over 6000 participants from 160 countries met to discuss threats to nature and biological diversity. The meeting produced a document, The Promise of Sydney, where the participants declared their intentions to invigorate efforts to advance conservation and protected areas with bold vision and action.November 2014
- IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawai‘i
The Beyond the Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force is commissioned in Hawai‘i at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Harvey Locke is appointed Chair. Terms of reference developed.
- Initial Scoping Meeting, Isle of Vilm, Germany
An intensive meeting which brought together a group of participants from diverse geographical and institutional backgrounds to explore and define the scope and agenda of the Task Force.July 2017
- Australian Consultation, Brisbane, Australia
The Task Force met with members of IUCN Australia and other leading figures in conservation to consult, hear, and exchange ideas on post-2020 conservation targets.November 2017
- December 2017
- Global Survey of Scientists
The Task Force surveyed the global membership of the International Society for Conservation Biology in three languages on area-based conservation. 363 scientists from 81 countries responded.December/January 2017
- Targets for a Living and Livable Planet: East African Regional Perspectives, Nairobi, Kenya
To gain perspectives and expertise on conservation from the East African Region, the Task Force met with leading conservationists in Nairobi, Kenya.January 2018
- Tanzania and Kenya Connectivity Meetings, Arusha, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya
Co-organized with the Connectivity Specialist Group, these pair of meetings explored the topic of connectivity in the East African Region in the context of planning for post-2020 conservation targets.January 2018
- Space for Nature Symposium, Zoological Society of London, UK
The ZSL Symposium symposium brought together scientists, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society and donors to review science and policy options and provide recommendations to the CBD and raise awareness about biodiversity loss.February 2018
- IUCN WCPA Steering Committee Meeting, Al Shouf, Lebanon
The Task Force presented the results of the Global Survey of Scientists and received approval for proceeding on the development of the Three Conditions framework.April 2018
- Convention on Biodiversity 2nd Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI2), Montreal, Canada
The Task Force hosted a side-event: Reporting on the Global Dialogue on the Future of In-Situ Conservation at which we reported on the results of a global survey of conservation scientists on the adequacy and requirements for in-situ conservation and presented and presented a new idea, the Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation. More info about the outcomes of this meeting.July 2018
- North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB), Toronto, Canada
Chair Harvey Locke attended NACCB 2018 and spoke about Conservation Targets And Conservation Needs: Canada Target 1, Aichi Target 11 And BeyondJuly 2018
- Consultation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, Beijing, China
The Task Force met with Chinese experts to consult and exchange ideas on post-2020 conservation targets.August 2018
- Building Climate Resilience through Nature: Business risk and Opportunity, Banff, Canada
Co-hosted by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Task Force, this consultation explored the intersections between nature conservation and business opportunities, especially concerning climate resilience.September 2018
- Consultation on Area-Based Conservation Targets in the Marine Realm, Paris, France
A consultation of leading marine conservationists exploring requirements for area-based marine conservation and connectivity.October 2018
- 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
The Task Force hosted a side-event at which we reported on the results of a global survey of conservation scientists on the adequacy and requirements for in-situ conservation and presented and presented a new idea, the Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation. More info about the outcomes of the COP14.November 2018
- WCPA submission to the IUCN views on post-2020 global biodiversity
The World Commission on Protected Areas submitted the findings of the Task Force to the IUCN through inclusion in IUCN's position to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Documents:December 2018
- Consultation on Post-2020 Targets and Ecological and Forest Landscape Restoration
Co-hosted with IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, this meeting of ecological restoration experts considered the convergence of global restoration efforts and the protected and conserved areas and large landscape conservation.January 2019
- New Deal for Nature & People Dinner, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
Task Force Chair, Harvey Locke, attended the New Deal for Nature & People Dinner at the 2019 World Economic Forum.January 2019
- Marine Conservation Targets Meeting, Washington DC, USA
The Task Force hosted a meeting with marine experts to continue discussions marine protected areas and post-2020 targets which began in October 2018.February 2019
- CBD Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Bonn, Germany
The Task Force took part in the Convention on Biological Diversity Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for the Western European and Others Group and Other Members of the European Union, in Bonn, Germany.March 2019
- Nature Champions Summit, Montreal, Canada
Canada hosted an international summit to accelerate nature protection. The Nature Champions Summit endeavored to build an international, high-ambition coalition and drive global nature protection forward. See the Nature Champions Call to Action.April 2019
- IUCN WCPA Steering Committee Meeting, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The Steering Committee of the World Commission on Protected Areas met to discuss post-2020 strategy and dimensions relating to the African Protected Areas Congress and the Latin American Protected Areas Congress. The Task Force presented its findings including refinement of the Three Global Conditions.May 2019
- Informal Meeting on Connectivity in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, Bonn, Germany
The Task Force co-organized a discussion on connectivity with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). CMS experts along with the WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group discussed ways of enhancing interest in connectivity in global conservation agendas.May 2019
- Workshop: Gaining consensus on spatial and temporal biodiversity metrics for informed decision-making, Cambridge, UK
The Task Force Chair participated in a week long meeting and presented the Three Global Conditions and explored how it meshes with the Bending the Curve of Biodiversity Loss approach. The meeting was organized by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), National Geographic Society (NGS), Luc Hoffmann Institute (LHI), the NatureMap consortium, and the Science Based Targets Network.May 2019
- Chinese Academy of Sciences - National Geographic Society International Symposium on Biodiversity Sciences, Beijing, China
The Task Force participated in the Chinese Academy of Sciences - National Geographic Society International Symposium on Biodiversity Sciences and presented the Three Global Conditions of Biological Diversity and Sustainable Use framework.June 2019
- Webinar: Conservation targets and how much of the world do we need to protect?
This webinar originally aired on 11 July, 2019. It was attended by over 250 participants.
Presented by: Harvey Locke of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force
Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels), and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).July 2019
- Pan-African Consultation and African Protected Areas Congress MeetingAugust 2019
- CBD First meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nairobi, KenyaAugust 2019
- Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas, Lima, PeruOctober 2019
- ASEAN Region Heritage Parks Conference, Pakse, LaosOctober 2019
- First World Forum on Nature Conservation, Shenzhen, ChinaOctober 2019
- Informal briefing by the Co-Chairs on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, Montreal, CanadaNovember 2019
- CBD 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, Montreal, Canada
Join us for our side-event at the SBSTTA meeting. To meet the CBD 2050 vision of healthy biodiversity, ecosystem services, and a sustainable human society, we need integrated frameworks that look at both conservation and human use. After two years of consultations around the world, we have developed the Three Global Conditions (3Cs) for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use implementation framework.
Come learn about the Three Conditions framework, its scientific underpinnings, and hear reflections from around the world on the value of this framework for use in the Post-2020 Strategic Plan of the CBD.November 2019
- Thematic workshop on area-based conservation measures for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, Montreal, Canada
The purpose of this meeting is to elicit views on area-based conservation measures, to be included in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The outputs of this workshop will form a basis of a report which will serve as an input into the formal process.
- Thematic workshop on resource mobilization for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, Berlin, Germany
Resource mobilization will be an integral part of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It is expected this meeting will produce concrete proposals to be considered in the further development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.December 2019
- January 2020
- Convention on Migratory Species COP13, India
The thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals will address a broad range of issues related to the objectives of the convention.February 2020
- Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Kunming, ChinaFebruary 2020
- UN Ocean Conference 2020, Lisbon, Portugal (postponed)
The 2020 UN Ocean Conference will convene to support implementation of SDG 14: Conserve and sustinably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustinable development. The overarching theme of the conference will be "Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions."June 2020
- Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Bogota, Colombia (postponed)
The open-ended intersessional working group in developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will meet multiple times in 2019-2020, prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. These sessions negotiations will shape and define the post-2020 agenda.July 2020
- 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75), New York, USA
The 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will bring together all 193 Member States of the UN to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, international law.
Relevance to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This is an opportunity to raise the political profile of the post-2020 process.September 2020
- CBD 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), Montreal, Canada (tentative)November 2020
- CBD 3rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), Montreal, Canada (tentative)November 2020
- January 2021
- 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Kunming, China (TBC)May 2021