Canada prepares to welcome the world to a major international biodiversity conference in Montreal

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GATINEAUQC, August 15, 2022 /CNW/ – The health and economic security of Canadians depends on a healthy environment that supports a world rich in biodiversity. Earlier this summer, the government of Canada confirmed that it is preparing to become the host country of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This major international conference will be a landmark event for Canadawith thousands of delegates from around the world gathered in Montreal to take action to protect nature and stop the loss of biological diversity.

Today the government of Canada shares essential details about the conference. The dates for the conference have been set for December 7 to 19, 2022, and the venue will be the Palais des congrès de Montréal. In addition, starting today, conference participants and delegates can access information about their participation available on the Convention on Biological Diversity website, including information on accommodation, events parallels and exhibition stands.

The conference comes at a time of pressing urgency. Recent global assessments show that biodiversity is declining at a rate unprecedented in human history, with up to one million species threatened with extinction. Climate change is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss.

The government of Canada progressing towards its goals of protecting 25% of land and water by 2025, aiming to reach 30% by 2030, with historic investments in from Canada network of protected areas. These areas play a vital role in helping to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity, and contribute to the recovery of species at risk. The government of Canada works in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis by supporting Indigenous-led conservation initiatives, including the Guardians Program, and developing protected areas with co-management plans.

Quotation

“Hosting this great conference in Montreal presents Canada with a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of protecting nature and species, in partnership with indigenous leaders. As details of the conference are compiled, our government will continue to advocate with international partners on the urgent need to further protect nature and reverse the alarming loss of biodiversity around the world. With delegates from all over the world coming to Montreal, we can showcase the natural beauty of our country and our culture, while giving a significant boost to our local economies. »
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“The world cannot wait any longer to halt and reverse the decline in biodiversity, which threatens our global food, health and economic systems. I am thrilled that my hometown of Montreal is welcoming the international community as we come together to take action on conservation and protect nature.”
– The Honorable Melanie PrettyMinister of Foreign Affairs

Fast facts

  • In 2005, the Palais des congrès de Montréal hosted the COP of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where more than 10,000 participants marked the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol.
  • With Montreal as host of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada is delighted to welcome the Conference and the world to Montreal. As with changes in venue for past United Nations conferences, the current COP15 The presidency will remain under Chinaas recognized by all members of the UN Convention.

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SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Kaitlin Power, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-230-1557, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free), [email protected]

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