Global mobilisation necessary to curb loss of biodiversity

Declining biodiversity is a global environmental problem. Species are becoming extinct, ecosystems are being damaged and the interplay between organisms is being disturbed. And yet nature is utterly crucial to people’s wellbeing and prosperity. On 14–15 November, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog is meeting ministers from around the world at a UN meeting in Egypt to discuss how to reverse this trend.

The number of pollinating insects is dramatically declining throughout the world, including in Sweden. Several months ago, Sweden joined a coalition of countries with specific ambitions to reverse the negative trend for pollinators. The new coalition will be gathering for a special discussion during the meeting in Egypt on more measures to protect pollinators.

“Biodiversity is under threat from many directions. To stop this trend, international cooperation is necessary”, says Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog.

During the UN meeting, the countries will decide how the work to produce a new post-2020 framework agreement will be designed, once the current strategic plan expires. The EU’s common position in the negotiations is that the next framework must be an ambitious one. The meeting will also focus on the link between biodiversity and health, and how the biodiversity issue can be integrated into important sectors such as energy, mining, and the manufacturing and processing industry.

The UN Biodiversity Conference is taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt between 14 and 29 November. The negotiations will begin with a ministerial meeting where over 80 ministers will discuss how to improve efforts to curb the decline of biodiversity and what measures are necessary. Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will represent Sweden at the ministerial meeting.

Contact

Hanna Björnfors
Political Adviser to Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
email to Hanna Björnfors, via senior registry clerk