COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in late 2020 in China (Kunming), and will see the adoption of a new global framework for post-2020 biodiversity governance. This negotiation process is underway and the agenda for discussions ahead of Kunming is already very full and complex. To make it easier for French actors to follow these events and to improve their collective understanding of the issues, and if possible to facilitate their involvement in preparations for COP15, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (AFB - French Biodiversity Agency) will be jointly organising regular meetings (approximately every three months) until late 2020, to provide an opportunity to analyse and appropriate international current events concerning biodiversity.

These regular meetings will bring together a broad range of French actors (government and agencies, local authorities, research, NGOs, companies, journalists, and political parties). This series of events and the actors taking part will form the “Biodiversity Platform 2020”.

The first edition was held on 27 June at Sciences Po. It discussed the IPBES meeting in Paris (29 April-4 May) and the G7 Environment meeting in Metz (5-6 May); the European elections and future environmental challenges for the EU; and, finally, the meeting took stock of the international process to develop the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and opportunities for involving French actors.

The second session of the platform will be held at the AFB head office on 20 September 2019, from 9:00 to 12:30. This session will first look at the international climate calendar and the place of climate-biodiversity interactions on the international agenda. It will then examine the international biodiversity negotiations held this summer (COP18 CITES, CBD intersessional meeting on the post-2020 framework in Nairobi,negotiations).