State of global environmental governance 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brought devastation in 2020, including to plans to ramp up international cooperation on climate action, biodiversity restoration, reducing inequality, and a number of other crises. What’s left to say about 2020? When published the State of Global Environmental Governance report last year, 2020 held potential to be a turning point. The Paris Agreement would start governing the global response to climate change. Biodiversity anticipated a “Super Year.” There were hopes for a new treaty on marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework to guide the future of nature protection. Back in 2019’s heady optimism, it seemed fine to take stock and look toward to a potentially momentous year.

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