Officials from the United Nations stated late Wednesday that the biodiversity meeting will be split into two parts, confirming yet another postponement of a much-needed worldwide agreement to conserve the planet’s natural resources.
The UN biodiversity group said in a statement that a virtual opening session will be placed from Oct. 11 to 15, and in-person negotiations will be held from April 28 to May 8, 2022, in Kunming, China, to finalize an agreement.
The COP15, as the summit is known, has already been postponed twice due to the coronavirus epidemic, and Reuters reported last month that a third postponement was all but guaranteed due to the obstacles faced by the lack of face-to-face meetings.
Huang Runqiu, China’s minister of ecology and environment, stated that the host country would fulfill the host country’s commitments, gradually advance the preparations, and make all efforts to convene a milestone conference.
With increasing calls for the world to safeguard the environment while also addressing climate change, countries are being encouraged to agree to put 30% of their land and sea areas under conservation by 2030 at the summit.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) stated that the “momentum to protect nature is at risk of stalling” as a result of the delays.
WWF International’s head of policy, research, and development, Guido Broekhoven, stated that the loss of natural resources has not slowed. It is critical that the extra time be put to good use.