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Media Advisory: Ecojustice sending delegation to COP15 in Montreal, Dec. 7-19

November 28, 2022

MONTREAL/ TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE MOHAWK AND HAUDENOSAUNEE PEOPLES — Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, will be sending a delegation to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Montreal from 7 to 19 December 2022.

COP15 represents a critical opportunity for Canada to step up and take a leadership role in the global fight to halt and reverse nature loss. Ecojustice is calling on the federal government to commit to a nature and biodiversity law that would enshrine Canada’s targets and action plan and put Canada on a course to achieving them. As Canada builds its action plan to tackle biodiversity loss, it is critical this process involves First Nations, Inuit, and Metis, using both western and traditional ecological knowledge to find the best solutions to protect nature.

Lawyers and scientists from Ecojustice will be on the ground at COP15 and available for media interviews. Full information below:

COP15 – December 7-19, 2022

What: Ecojustice scientists and legal experts will be attending the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The conference will bring together governments from 196 around the world to finalize the targets and a new agreement to protect and restore nature over the next decade.

Where: The conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, the seat of the UN CBD Secretariat, from December 7 – 19, 2022.

Who: Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, has received delegation status for the conference. Lawyers, scientists, and law reform specialists from Ecojustice will be in attendance.

Ecojustice spokespeople are available to discuss:

  • The critical role biodiversity plays in the well-being of humans and the natural world;
  • Why Canada is well-positioned to take a leadership role in halting and reversing nature loss;
  • How a legal accountability framework would support Canada in meeting its biodiversity ambitions;
  • The role provinces, territories, and Indigenous governments play in protecting nature in Canada;
  • The strengths and shortcomings of Canada’s existing federal biodiversity legislation;
  • Ongoing efforts to create a new overarching biodiversity law in British Columbia; and
  • Key takeaways emerging from discussions and negotiations at COP15.

How: Ecojustice spokespeople will be available for media interviews upon request.

Media wishing access to the meetings in person, or to participate in interactive online news conferences and other media events, may register at: www.cbd.int/participation/2021-2022/media/checklist

Plenary and other public sessions and media briefings will be live streamed for public viewing on CBD’s YouTube Channel: https://cbd.int/live/.