Statement by President von der Leyen on the Kunming-Montreal biodiversity agreement

“I welcome the historic outcome of COP15.

This agreement provides a good foundation for global action on biodiversity, complementing the Paris Agreement for Climate. Now the world has a double track of action for a sustainable global economy by 2050. Indeed, more than half of global GDP depends on ecosystem services.

The global community now has a roadmap to protect and restore nature, and use it sustainably – for current and future generations. And investing into nature also means fighting climate change.

It is very positive that we have both measurable targets, ie protecting 30 % of global terrestrial and marine areas, and restoring 30% of degraded ecosystems as well as a mechanism to finance their implementation with the Global Biodiversity Fund. The international community subscribed to an international solidarity package, particularly for the most vulnerable countries and the most biodiverse.

Throughout the full four years of these negotiations, the EU has worked to create space for an ambitious agreement. Now it is time for all countries to deliver on our nature goals for 2030 and 2050. The EU will stay the course. The European Green Deal, as Europe’s growth strategy, puts us at the forefront of this global economic transformation.

I extend my thanks to the EU’s negotiating team in Montreal, led by Commissioner Sinkevičius.”