Road to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

As the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is reaching its end, negotiations are underway for the creation of a new global biodiversity framework under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This page is regularly updated with recent developments, upcoming milestones, resources and opportunities for engagement for the SEEA community with regards to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


Upcoming milestones

In preparation for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the draft monitoring framework for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF). In addition, they have made available an information document on the monitoring framework and indicators for the post-2020 GBF and a paper on the linkages between the post-2020 GBF and the 2030 Agenda. There are several references to the SEEA--the role of natural capital accounting and the SEEA had been already mentioned in target 13 of the zero draft, and the document on the monitoring framework and indicators specifically mentions the need for indicators aligned with the SEEA. These documents can be found here. 

The SBSTTA-24, which will be held sometime in the first half of 2021, will carry out a scientific and technical review of the draft goals and targets, as well as related indicators and baselines under the proposed monitoring framework of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) will also be held during the first half of 2021. The two meetings will build on the work achieved in Feburary 2020 during the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-2) to discuss the zero draft of the framework, which had been prepared by the co-chairs of the OEWG. 

Future plans

Based on the outcomes of 2021 meetings of the two subsidiary bodies (SBSTTA and SBI), the co-chairs of the OEWG are tasked to prepare a first draft of the post-2020 GBF, to be considered by the OEWG at its third meeting. 

The COP-15 is planned to take place in Kunming from 11-24 October 2021.