UN Biodiversity Conference agrees on a process towards a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 but ambition is weak
WWF was encouraged by countries agreeing to submit new voluntary biodiversity contributions before 2020. It is imperative that these contributions are made early, have strong implementation mechanisms and match the ambition required to reverse nature loss.
However, despite these positive steps forward, political relevance, ambition and current global action are still not strong enough if we are going to make the transformational changes needed to ‘bend the curve’ on biodiversity and nature loss. As nature loss continues unabated, there is still a real lack of action within member countries, as most are now certain to miss their Aichi targets due in 2020.
“The world needs to wake up to the risks of biodiversity loss. All stakeholders; business, government and people, need to act now if we are to have any hope of creating a sustainable future for all and a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020. For this to happen, we need a cohesive vision and strong political will - something COP14 has unfortunately lacked”, Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.
“The EU is one of the parties advocating for an ambitious post 2020 biodiversity framework which is laudable. But for the EU to be a true leader it has to walk the talk domestically. Urgent action is needed to step up efforts to implement our strong nature and environmental laws, and to tackle the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss”, Ester Asin, Director, WWF European Policy Office.
WWF urges member countries to develop a far higher shared vision and political ambition if we are to reach a New Deal for Nature and People and create a Paris-style moment for biodiversity in 2020.
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