Greetings from Kenya! I have good news: I saw baby elephants two days ago! Just kidding…well, I actually did, but the good news I really want to share with you is that some of the biggest conservation NGOs and a few civil society organizations intervened in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting here in Nairobi to ask hundreds of government representatives to be more ambitious in their efforts to save our planet’s biodiversity – and we got a positive response!
I attended the meeting with my colleagues from the policy side of CI. Our friend Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, from BirdLife International, took the microphone and read a statement signed by organizations from all over the world, including CI. When he was finished, Malawi said that they support our proposals.
I know, you are thinking: “hmmm…Malawi? How important are they?” I’ll explain: because decisions have to be made by consensus, the fact that one nation supported us means that the whole group of country delegates will have to consider our appeal over the next few days. In other words, there is a chance that some of our requests will be incorporated into the text that should be agreed by world leaders when they meet in Japan later this year to commit to targets to stop the current biodiversity crisis.
Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui is CI’s International Media Manager.