UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a multilateral treaty with three main goals: conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

At a side event on “World´s Grasslands and Rangelands at risk: the Role of Pastoralists and Livestock to Conserve Global Biodiversity” held at the 13th meeting of the Coalition of Parties (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico, over 50 institutions and individuals endorsed “The Cancun Statement” calling for the promotion of sustainable pastoralism.

The COP15, originally scheduled for October 2020 in Kunming, China, took place in two parts: first a hybrid meeting on 11–15 October 2021 in Kunming, China, and then a face-to-face meeting in Montreal, Canada, on 7-19 December 2022. For the Montreal meeting, the PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience) research project shared six briefs (in English. French & Spanish) on behalf of the IYRP (see PASTRES weblink below) as well as the report "Are livestock always bad for the planet?" (see under Documents below).