Historic biodiversity deal approved at COP15 summit in Canada

Canada, 19/12:The leadership of the U.N.-backed COP15 biodiversity conference applaud after passing the The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in Montreal, Quebec, Canada December 19, 2022. Credit: Julian Haber/UN Biodiversity/Handout via Reuters

After four years of fractious talks, nearly 200 countries, including India, approved a historic Paris-style deal on Monday to protect and reverse dangerous loss to global biodiversity following an intense final session of negotiations at the UN COP15 summit here in Canada.

Amid loud applause from assembled delegates, the president of the COP15 biodiversity summit, which started on December 7, Chinese Environment Minister Huang Runqiu, declared the Kunming-Montreal Agreement adopted.


The chair maneuvered to ignore Congo’s last-minute move which had refused to back the text and demanded greater funding for developing countries as part of the accord.


The Chinese-brokered deal is aimed at saving the lands, oceans and species from pollution, degradation and climate change

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