The Heat: UN Biodiversity Meeting

The Heat

A big international meeting on biodiversity that took place over the last two weeks in Geneva has wrapped up with further talks set for June in Kenya.

About  1,000 negotiators from over 160 countries discussed major issues ahead of the UN Convention on Biodiversity expected to take place later this year in Kunming, China.

It is hoped that countries can ratify a deal at COP15 in Kunming that will protect about one million plant and animal species now threatened with extinction.

Another goal being discussed is to protect at least 30% of land and sea by 2030.

Joining the discussion:

  • Changhua Wu is the CEO of the Beijing Future Innovation Center.
  • Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist and the President of U.S. Operations, “We Don’t Have Time.”   
  • Carlos A. Joly is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Campinas.
  • Elizabeth Karan is Project Director for Ocean Life on the High Seas at the Pew Charitable Trusts. 

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