8th July 2022

SGI Advocates for Rights-Based Approach at the Fourth Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

  • Sustainability & climate change

Between 21–26 June 2022, Alexandra Goossens-Ishii of SGI attended the fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-4) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The meeting aimed at advancing the negotiations on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which is to be adopted at the fifteenth Conference of the Parties of the CBD (COP15). COP15 will take place from 7–19 December 2022 in Montréal, Canada.

The closing plenary of OEWG-4

The GBF will arrange a series of targets to measure actions intended to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 and restore harmony between people and the planet through biodiversity recovery by 2050.

Goossens-Ishii joined other civil society groups including NGOs, Indigenous Peoples, women, youth groups and faith groups in advocacy work at OEWG-4. These groups and SGI worked to ensure that the GBF follows a rights-based approach and that it especially includes respect for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, including the right to their lands and territories; their free, prior and informed consent; their access to justice; and the right to participate in decision-making in biodiversity matters.

Goossens-Ishii, back row third from the left, with her NGO colleagues during the interfaith event

Additionally, the draft GBF adopted a new target on gender. SGI also fully supports the Global Youth Biodiversity Network advocacy priorities, which advocate for the GBF to adopt a human rights-based approach, to recognize intergenerational equity and to embed transformative education.

While at OEWG-4, Goossens-Ishii also supported advocacy work on behalf of SGI as part of the multi-faith response to the GBF. She spoke during a panel discussion on “The spiritual and cultural urgency for a nature-positive world,” sharing the multi-faith group’s policy priorities, which include the need for the GBF to be grounded in a rights-based approach.