The 11th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions and the 23rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addressed contributions to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, among other issues, during their November 2019 meetings.

The 11th meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) took place from 20-22 November 2019, followed by SBSTTA 23 from 25-29 November, in Montreal, Canada.

In his opening statement to the SBSTTA meeting, SBSTTA Chair Hesiquio Benítez Díaz (Mexico) recalled that “biodiversity is not only an environmental problem, but also a question of social, economic, and moral development.” Highlighting the “crucial stage” of the process in building the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, he urged participants to work together, focus on building recommendations, and “set aside political decisions” for the upcoming COP.

The Working Group on Article 8(j) focused on the role of indigenous peoples and local communities and addressed links between nature and culture for the development of the post-2020 framework. SBSTTA 23 addressed the scientific and technical base of the post-2020 framework, collating ideas on the 2030 mission and relevant targets. It further focused on biodiversity and climate change, technical and scientific cooperation, and sustainable wildlife management, approving relevant recommendations to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin analysis of the meetings indicates that participants “emerged from the negotiations with a renewed sense of passion and clarity.” The ENB reports that weekend events, which focused on informal discussions related to the post-2020 framework, provided an opportunity for a productive dialogue. The ENB report also highlights that meetings in 2020 will provide additional opportunities to shape the post-2020 framework, including two meetings of the Open-ended Working Group on the post-2020 framework. [ENB summary of November 2019 CBD meetings]