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UN Biodiversity Conference Adopts Decisions on Climate-Related Geoengineering, Pollinators

Negotiations at the UN Biodiversity Conference occurred last December.

On pollinators, following consultations, delegates agreed to prioritize efforts in addressing data gaps and monitoring capacity with regard to the status and trends of pollinators and pollination in developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Oceania, in addition to Africa. After lengthy discussions, Brazil conceded to retain reference to improving risk assessment procedures for LMOs.

On forest biodiversity, delegates debated a draft decision. Canada opposed reference to “forest-related commitments under the Paris Agreement.” Brazil favored reference to forest-related “provisions.” Delegates also debated reference to the Paris Agreement and agreed to insert a footnote that it was adopted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto

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