efe-epaSharm El Sheikh, Egypt

The members of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity agreed Thursday to boost the process to fulfill the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which expire in 2020.

At a press conference CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Pasca Palmer said that the members agreed during the Conference of the Party meeting held in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh to enhance efforts to achieve the Aichi targets within the next two years.

Pasca Palmer was referring to the 20 goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which had been approved in 2010 in Japan.

Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, the president of the Sharm El Sheikh meeting, said that the targets have yet to be fulfilled.

Egypt bears the responsibility of achieving these goals during the upcoming two years before the next CBD meeting, to be held in 2020 in Beijing, where another accord is expected to be signed for the next decade.

Fouad revealed that the Egyptian government was set to hold another meeting in Sharm El Sheikh in 2019 to announce the progress that had been made in meeting the targets.