Business for Nature: The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

2nd February 2021

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) will take place this year in Kunming, China. By amplifying a powerful business voice, Business for Nature aims to deliver an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework due to be agreed at COP15.

Business for Nature have created A Business Guide to help businesses understand more about the UN CBD process and to ask SAI Platform members for further support.

Taking action

  1. Add your voice to an ambitious Post-2020 Framework by signing up to Business for Nature’s Call to Action
  2. Share your views and support on our response to the UN CBD through this survey.
  3. Commit to attend the UN CBD, other events and meetings to demonstrate that nature is a priority.  

Nature is everyone’s business. Healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving businesses rely on nature. But nature is at a tipping point, and the science is clear, by tackling the nature crisis within this decade there is still chance to build a stable net-zero, nature-positive and equitable future in which humanity and all life on earth can thrive. The Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) has a unique opportunity at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to adopt a transformative, meaningful, implementable and enforceable Framework that sets the direction for businesses to scale and speed up action and investment to reverse nature loss by 2030. This will also create sustainable growth while generating clean jobs and potentially unlocking $US trillions in economic opportunities.

Business for Nature greatly appreciates the efforts of Parties to develop a strong Framework. However, there is concern that the current draft is still unlikely to trigger the change needed and action necessary from the business community to transition towards a more sustainable, circular economy that respects the limits of the planet.

Policies are needed that provide direction and momentum to help unlock new opportunities and create a level playing field and stable operating environment for business.

As was the case for the Paris Agreement on climate change, an ambitious, clear and implementable international agreement at COP15 will ensure that the nature agenda is raised to the highest political level. This will help set the direction for business action, and guide governments in adopting policies that unlock new business opportunities and create a level playing field and stable operating environment for businesses around the world. COP15, and the other key biodiversity events on the road to COP15, are opportunities for businesses to contribute to and shape the nature agenda for a resilient and sustainable future

Let’s work together to deliver a global policy environment that accelerates collective leadership on nature and shows that the transition to a nature-positive future is both necessary and achievable.

Read more about Business for Nature’s detailed review of the UN CBD.

About Business for Nature

Business for Nature is a global coalition that brings together business and conservation organizations and forward-thinking companies. Together, we demonstrate credible business leadership on nature and amplify a powerful leading business voice calling for governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss this decade.

SAI Platform is proud to be one of 60 partner organisations supporting and working with BFN.