The event will underscore how non-state actor commitments support the urgency of action and ambition on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Governments of Egypt and China, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, are organizing a virtual side event “Strengthening Non-State Actor Commitments for Biodiversity in the context of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and SDGs” on the margins of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5). The side event will take place on 18 February 2021 from 17:00-18:30 GMT+3 / 9:00 10:30 EST. The concept note and agenda are available on the CBD meetings webpage. 

The objective of the event is to demonstrate how commitments by non-state actors (e.g. civil society organizations, business and financial sectors, cities and other local authorities) can help to raise ambition for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and support actions to promote its implementation, while also contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers will present their motivations in pledging commitments and share how such commitments are translated into actions.  

The following are foreseen outcomes of the event:

  1. mobilizing and connecting new voices and leadership in support of the biodiversity agenda;
  2. profiling commitments and actions for the post-2020 process, as well as contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and UN Decade of Action; and
  3. bringing awareness of methodologies to track progress in support of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


The event will be virtual and open to all interested participants. The platform will be hosted by the CBD Secretariat, consisting of an hour and a half session, conducted in English. Schedule and registration details will be posted on UNEA-5’s website and the CBD website. 

18 February 2021

17:00-18:30 GMT+3 / 9:00-10:30 EST

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