The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) called for the preparation of a periodic report on biological diversity: the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO).
It suggested that the Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide a summary of the status of biological diversity and an analysis of the steps being taken by the global community to ensure that biodiversity is conserved and used sustainably, and that benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared equitably.
The fifth such report was expected to be launched on the sidelines of the CBD subsidiary body meetings in May 2020, but those events were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 15 July 2020, the Secretariat announced that, to maintain momentum ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit in September 2020 and COP 15, and facilitate to preparations for SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3, a series of special virtual sessions of SBSTTA and SBI would be held 15-18 September 2020. These sessions will include the launch of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook.
The fourth GBO was released in October 2014 and provided a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.
date: 15 September 2020