COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

Elder Ka’nahsohon Kevin Deer performs a ceremony prior to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau making an announcement supporting Indigenous-led conservation COP15 U.N. Biodiversity summit in Montreal, Quebec, Canada December 7, 2022. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

By Lynda Powless Editor MONTREAL-Nations around the globe have reached a landmark deal aimed at safeguarding biodiversity to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030. The agreement targets protecting vital ecosystems such as rainforests and wetlands and the rights of indigenous peoples. The agreement, at the 15th edition of the United Nations Conference On Biodiversity (COP15), in Montreal came early on Monday morning. The Assembly of First Nations of Québec-Labrador (AFNQL) and the First Nations of Québec-Labrador (FNQLSDI) and over 400 other Indigenous peoples and organizations attended COP15 held on the traditional land of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Only the 195 nations registered and European Union had decision making status during the conference held from December 7 to 19, 2022, in Montreal. The AFNQL and the FNQLSDI said…

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