Continued work of the Secretariat during the pandemic

Continued work of the Secretariat during the pandemic

23 November 2020

Since the last newsletter (August 2020) the Secretariat continued to work and participated in virtual meetings using various online platforms. The Secretariat engaged in the following meetings organized by topic:

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

12 August: webinar on a draft of a new gender plan for the post-2020 period, hosted by CBD Secretariat

8 September: Biodiversity Liaison Group Conference meeting with Co-Chairs of the open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity

9 September: Second online briefing in preparation for the MEA consultation workshop on post-2020

15-18 September: special virtual sessions of SBSTTA and SBI on the review of the draft monitoring framework 

SDG14

30 September: Secretary General participated at the Ministerial Roundtable on Oceans "Build Back Bluer: the Plan for 2020-21" hosted by UN General Assembly

SDG6

31 August:WWF Water Week; Secretary General participated as panellist on the theme “Wetlands, climate mitigation, adaptation, & investing in wetlands”

12 November: Secretary General participated in the Dialogue “Race to Zero, a zero-carbon, resilient future through water” hosted by SIWI

Regional

8 October: Chile International Seminar on protection of urban wetlands in Latin America

22 October: European Green Week, “Healthy wetlands – the answer to the biodiversity, water and climate crises. Wetland science and evidence – for a better future”

6 November: European River Symposium, European Rivers and Wetlands – the EU Biodiversity Strategy and Green Deal shaping Europe’s Water Management. Preparatory meeting for the online symposium on 26-27 May 2021

9-11 November: Arctic Council, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna CAFF. Workshop on Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetlands

19 November: consultation for the designation of the Sango Bay - Minziro Forest as a Transboundary Wetland of International Importance in East Africa, meeting organised by the Nile Basin Initiative

National

6 November: Video statement of Secretary General for the Press conference announcing the partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of Philippines and PLDT for peatlands conservation

4 November: 12th annual seminar Ramsar France

Other

3 September: PEDDR Global meeting

15 September: online CBD launch of the 5th edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook

2 October: 11th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate, Wetland tools for NDCs. Climate Change, Water and Wetlands, UN Office at Geneva, Convention on Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

28 October: 26th Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Working Group (EMG)

26 November: Meeting of the InforMEA Steering Committee

October-November: Four virtual meetings of the Task Force on the preparation of the Monitoring Framework and the Aquatic & transitional ecosystems’ on the implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; consideration of the indicator 6.6.1 and various targets of the Convention’s 4th Strategic plan as priority indicators of the UN Decade’s Monitoring Framework.