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Global Thematic Dialogue for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

17 - 18 November 2019

Montreal, Canada


Concept Note

The meeting will serve as an expert thematic consultation for indigenous peoples and local communities to discuss their possible contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The meeting will take in account the results of the first meeting of the open-ended Working Group on the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the regional consultations. Part of the meeting will also be open to Parties.

It will also support indigenous peoples and local communities and Parties to consider and refine the proposals for future work being considered at the 11th meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j), in order to ensure solid recommendations for the Post- 2020 process.

It will serve as an opportunity for indigenous peoples and local and traditional communities, Parties and Governments to reflect on the achievements made over the last decade on finding synergies between biological and cultural diversity, between science and indigenous knowledge systems and to consider possible elements of work for the Post -2020 era, for the vision of the Convention, living in harmony with nature, by 2050.

The outcome of the Dialogue will provide recommendations concerning the potential role of traditional knowledge, customary sustainable use and the contribution of the collective actions of indigenous peoples and local communities to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, in support of Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions and the Post 2020 process.


There has been a flourishing of innovative approaches that mobilize communities and knowledge-holders to help conserve the life fabric of our planet. The Dialogue is an opportunity for reflection, dialogue and developing ways of cooperation as we move forward into the post-2020 period and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action.

This Dialogue is based on Decision 14/17, paragraph 13, which requests the Executive Secretary to facilitate and support the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the discussion and processes related to the post-2020 biodiversity framework.


  • Pre-registration form (please register by 1 November, 2019)

    Delegates (attending the WG8J meeting) who wish to participate in the dialogue are invited to pre-register by completing the registration form below and sending a nomination letter to Due to the limitation of space, the Secretariat will confirm a maximum of 40 participants in which IPLCs will have priority for the registration. Please note that there are no funding opportunities available to attend this meeting.

Presentations (Presentaciones)