So my friends and I who went to New York City for the negotiations for the Biodiversity treaty approached the blog Monkey Cage in the Washington Post after the fact and asked if they would be interested in an article about precisely what you could learn from the negotiations. They were interested and seldom have we worked so fast and so well in order to reach a very tight deadline for this article to get out in a timely fashion, as soon after the negotiations as possible. I mentioned the article in my post about the negotiations themselves but I feel it deserves a post in itself to highlight the importance of reaching out not only to the academic and NGO community about this important treaty, but also making the text approachable enough so that it is interesting to the general public.
This is the link to the MonkeyCage piece called 71 countries are negotiating a new biodiversity treaty. Here’s what you need to know. It was just published and we are very happy with it! The title refers to what countries actually spoke and does not reflect how many countries were represented. For example, Algeria spoke on behalf of 54 African nations, so very few other African nations spoke during the meetings, with Togo being a notable exception. In addition, the EU spoke on behalf of its member nations, and Egypt spoke on behalf of G77 and China – representing over 130 nations, and so on.
The text was very well received – and granted – there were some discussions about why we would say that only 71 countries talked – and we do agree with this – but sometimes you dont decide the titles of blog posts unfortunately.