The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

A ‘now or never opportunity for nature’

Following delays due to the global COVID19 pandemic, governments are preparing to come together in 2021 to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Kunming, China.

This post 2020 deal for nature and people is a stepping stone towards achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’. It will replace and must improve on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which has failed to stem the devastating decline in biodiversity

With the impacts of this failure to protect nature now threatening not only our well-being but our very survival, the coming decade represents a ‘now or never’ opportunity to put in place and deliver a transformational new framework to better safeguard, conserve and restore biodiversity for people and the planet.

The new framework must halt and start to reverse the loss of biodiversity so that we are 'nature positive' by 2030.  It must transform how we value nature and unlock its full potential in underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate and a green recovery that helps us build back better from the devasting pandemic, itself a result of our imbalance with nature.


BirdLife support for the development and implementation of the new framework

As the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, with local roots and global reach informed by internationally-recognised science, BirdLife is uniquely placed to help guide and develop the post-2020 framework and mobilise support for its implementation.

In the run-up to COP15, BirdLife is actively involved in discussions and in sharing of evidence and expertise on the post-2020 framework with governments, business, academia, NGOs and other civil society, through formal and informal meetings, reports, scientific papers and position papers. 

Examples include:

  • Lead co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) landmark global assessment report, which is being used to guide the development of the new framework;
  • Involvement in regional and thematic consultations and meetings of the CBD’s Open-Ended Working Group on the post-2020 framework;
  • Dialogues with national governments through our network of 115 national Partners;
  • The development of position papers for discussion with Parties to the Convention and other stakeholders.


BirdLife position papers on the post-2020 framework

The current 2050 Vision states that, by 2050,

"biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people."

Below are some of the positions we have developed on elements of the post-2020 framework and related policy processes, elaborating on how the vision can be achieved, through elements such as a mission, principles, goals, targets, indicators and synergies with other conventions. Many of these positions are also available on the CBD’s post-2020 website, which also provides much more information about the process of developing the post-2020 framework, including a timeline of key events.

Response to drafts of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework:

Current positions from the BirdLife Partnership:

Joint statements/briefings with other organisations: