2023-08-25 13:09

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Geneva Biodiversity Conference

Despite the Russian invasion, the civilised world continues to address urgent environmental concerns, reports North West BT Unions H&S Co-ord member and Branch H&S Co-ordinator, Derek Maylor:

Biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation has a cost to our future generations and needs immediate attention, so next week the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) host meetings in Geneva that are critical to the development of a global biodiversity framework.

These face-to face events follow on from on-line preliminary meetings held last year now as the pandemic allows, in danger of postponement however is the second part of the UN Biodiversity Conference which is supposed to take place in China this year. A previous successful meeting in China resulted in the Kunming Declaration.

Delegates from around the world will discuss and agree on controls for issues such as synthetic biology, marine and coastal biodiversity, ecologically or biologically significant marine areas and biodiversity effects on health.

Union Safety ran information on the Conference of the Parties to UNFCCC (COP 26) last year and Geneva will see a similar coming together of international importance with discussions focusing on developing a communication strategy, an urgent and immediate implementation action plan for biosafety with a draft outline for a post 2022
plan of action.

Further talks will include a review of progress in the implementation of the Convention protocols, resource mobilisation and the financial mechanisms for countries with lesser per-head capital with mechanisms for reporting, assessment and review, as well as the mainstreaming of biodiversity across all industrial sectors.


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