COP15 – the world’s largest and most important biodiversity summit was supposed to have taken place a year ago in Kunming.
But safety fears over the COVID pandemic delayed it first to May of this year and then to October.
And even as the world learns to live with COVID, the event will be split - a virtual summit now, ahead of meeting in person in Kunming in April next year.
We know that global biodiversity has never been under so much threat, with more than a quarter of all species in danger of extinction – so it looks like the delay is one the world can ill afford.
And yet, as the person leading the summit, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, tells Stephen Cole, she’s confident real progress has already been made in the desire to build a shared future for life on earth.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is currently the world’s leading voice on biodiversity. As the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, she will be leading the COP15 talks.
Before taking her position with the CBD, Mrema worked as the Director of the Law Division at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also the former Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals.
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