Pact to protect nature: Crunch talks kick off in Nairobi
Negotiators from almost 200 countries will begin crunch biodiversity talks in Nairobi yesterday, working towards a much-delayed global pact to protect nature from the damage wrought by human activities.
As the meeting kicked off, the UN confirmed that the thrice-delayed COP15 biodiversity summit -- originally set for Kunming, China in 2020 -- will now take place from December 5 to 17 this year in Montreal, Canada.
Country representatives in Nairobi are tasked with hammering out details of a draft text outlining a global framework to "live in harmony with nature" by 2050, with key targets to be met by 2030.
Proposals include a global commitment to set aside at least 30 percent of both land and oceans as protected zones by the end of the decade, as well as efforts to cut plastic and agricultural pollution.