A Rocha will be at CBD COP15 in Montreal from 7-19 December.
Since 1970 there’s been an average decline of 69% in species populations, according to the latest Living Planet report. Biodiversity is in crisis putting the whole world at risk. The world’s top scientists are urging leaders to reach an ambitious agreement at this biodiversity summit.
In 1992 the world’s governments signed the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to work together to find a way to address this. The decision-making meetings of UN Conventions are called ‘Conference of Parties’ (COP). Many people will be familiar with these meetings happening for the UN’s Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
It is arguably one of the most important COPs of recent years. CBD COP15 will review the implementation of targets set in 2010 (also known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets) and take decisions on new targets for post-2020. This includes both short-term targets up to 2030 to get nature back on track and longer-term targets leading up to 2050.
It is hard to overstate how important these targets will be. As the decisive decade for our planet, we must set ambitious targets to bend the curve on biodiversity loss.
We pray for an end to the destruction of biodiversity and creation. We pray for the gifts of all God has made to be shared fairly, and to provide sustenance for communities and nations. We pray for just negotiations at the CBD, with courageous and wise outcomes. May obstructions to the process fail. May a vision of a world where nature flourishes be realised in our lifetimes.