What is the Difference between the Informal and Formal Sessions?
While the formal meetings of SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3 are delayed because of the ongoing pandemic, virtual informal sessions of these meeting are being convened on the following dates:
- Informal session in preparation for SBSTTA-24: 17-19 February and 24-26 February 2021
- Informal session in preparation for SBI-3: 8-12 March and 14 March 2021
All sessions will last three hours per day and will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EST.
The difference between the informal and formal sessions is that there will be no negotiations or decisions taken during this online meeting.
The informal meeting will serve as an opportunity for Parties and observers to explore the virtual format, and to exchange opinions on key agenda items on the road to developing a scientifically and technically sound post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Although no decisions or formal outcomes or conference room papers will be prepared at the informal sessions, all members of the public are encouraged to take part by watching the sessions and engaging in discussion on social media.
Watching the Informal Sessions
While the registration process has closed, all sessions will be open for everyone to watch.
The sessions will be livestreamed on the following website: https://www.cbd.int/live/
Live translation of the event will be available on the following link: https://broadcaster.interactio.io/join?code=C8E8MMBQY53D
Re-watch Day 1 -- 17 February 2021
Re-watch Day 2 -- 18 February 2021
Re-Watch Day 3 -- 19 February 2021
Re-Watch Day 4 -- 24 February 2021
Re-Watch Day 5 -- 25 February 2021
Re-Watch Day 6 -- 26 February 2021
The virtual informal sessions are intended to help to maintain momentum in the preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and related meetings, including important work related to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The sessions will provide opportunities for statements by Parties and observers on the issues on the agenda of SBSTTA-24 and SBI-3. The public is invited to participate by commenting through the CBD's social media channels, including our YouTube channel, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
📢 COMING UP: Informal session in preparation for SBSTTA-24— UN Biodiversity (@UNBiodiversity) February 16, 2021
The virtual informal session will help maintain momentum in preparations for #COP15 and related meetings, including important work on the development of the #post2020 global #biodiversity framework. pic.twitter.com/uZsPMiEPR9