COP27: Paris Agreement for nature

As the COP27 summit enters its final days, thoughts are already shifting to the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal.

Calling for a “Paris agreement for nature”, former UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres, COP21 president Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation Laurent Fabius and president of COP20 Manuel Pulgar-Vidal who designed of the Paris Agreement, have issued a joint statement at COP27 urging leaders to create a sister deal on nature to work alongside the climate agreement.

"Climate change is fast becoming a primary driver of biodiversity loss, while our accelerating destruction of nature is undermining its abilities to provide crucial services, including climate change mitigation and adaptation," the statement reads.

The statement was released at COP27's biodiversity-themed day, with the colleagues explaining that climate and nature as “entwined”. The Paris-like agreement would cover national conservation targets and commitments to routinely report progress on meeting them.

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