The UN Convention on Biological Diversity is holding its 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Egypt to thrash out the main ways to achieve global biodiversity targets, for managing the world's ecosystems and wildlife.
Conservationists are desperate for a biodiversity accord that will carry the same weight as the Paris climate agreement. Cristiana Pașca Palmer is Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
She wants to see ambitious global targets drawn up in the next 2 years to protect the organisms that are vital for global food production, clean water and the removal of carbon from the atmosphere.
She talks to Kathryn Ryan from Sharm El-Sheikh.