As Deadline Looms, Countries Struggle to Agree on Protecting Nature

Environmental News from Africa: 

With only two days left to hash out a U.N. draft agreement to protect global biodiversity, organizers on Friday urged delegates in Nairobi to “pick up the pace”.

“We cannot afford to spend hours discussing one line of text,” Basile van Havre, one of the two co-chairs of the talks, told Reuters.

Negotiations are scheduled to end on Sunday, with the draft agreement to be adopted in December by governments at a key biodiversity summit, known as “COP15”.

But “at the current pace as we’ve seen, it will not be possible to have text [ready] for COP15,” said co-chair Francis Ogwal during a plenary on Friday.

Though delegates previously met in Geneva to finish drafting the “post-2020 global biodiversity framework”, they failed to finalize the text for adoption at COP15.

Instead, they arranged to meet again in Kenya, but the Nairobi talks now threaten to be a repeat of past failures.

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Source: Reuters

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