Update on the IUCN Motion: 2020 IUCN Motion in support of the SEEA EEA

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020, planned to be held in Marseille, to 7-15 January 2021 from its original date of 11-19 June.  The congress is a quadrennial event that brings together several thousands of leaders and decision-makers, with the goal of conserving the environment and supporting of sustainable development.

Members of IUCN, which include governments, civil society and indigenous people’s organizations, vote to approve motions that once approved and adopted become important resolutions and recommendations .   One of these motions, sponsored by Conservation International, several governments and non-governmental organizations, is Motion 070:  Accounting for Biodiversity: Encompassing Ecosystems, Species, and Genetic Diversity.” 

This motion supports the development and implementation of the SEEA for measurement of biodiversity at ecosystem level and the value of the SEE for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It highlights the role of the SEEA in mainstreaming biodiversity into national policy and other decision making.

Although impacts on the motion process are currently being reviewed by IUCN, the motion process should bet now entering the online voting period.

The full motion can be accessed here