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The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Kicked Off in Kunming, China

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity officially kicked off in Kunming City, southwest China on Monday. This year’s theme was “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.”

 

As the host to the conference, China called on the world to strengthen political promotion, dialogue and exchanges, and plan post-2020 action goals scientifically. Priority should be given to biodiversity conservation while taking effective measures to promote transformation and changes in development. Also, efforts should be made to protect and restore the ecosystems and address global environmental challenges. Chinese President Xi Jinping also gave a speech during the conference. He announced the $230 million Kunming Biodiversity Fund to help implement a new framework for protecting nature this decade. Xi also announced the creation of national parks and further implementation to achieve SDGs and peaking for carbon dioxide emissions.