Human rights, gender equality and women’s priorities in biodiversity policy for next 30 years

By Women’s Caucus - UN CBD 

In preparation for the CCBD Fourth Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in Nairobi, Kenya this week, the Women’s Caucus - UN CBD released its recommendations for text proposals on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

These proposals bring women’s priorities to the negotiation table and highlight human rights and gender equality. They are the result of a process which includes the preliminary reflections and views on the first draft of the CBD post-2020 GBF, the official report from the CBD Geneva meetings, and an internal virtual workshop held on 2 June 2022 where members and ally organizations of the Women's Caucus shared their reflections and concrete proposals for goals and targets.

Text recommendations notably include a new stand-alone gender equality target, Target 22 which highlights women’s and girls’ “equitable access and benefits from conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as their informed and effective participation at all levels of policy and decision-making.” This target was proposed by Costa Rica, and later supported by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries (GRULAC), and by Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Cameroon and Tanzania, as well as by allies from other groups and organizations during the CBD Geneva meetings last March.

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