Delegates at UN biodiversity talks in Nairobi were told recently that time was running out to draw up a draft text for a much-delayed global pact to protect nature from the damage wrought by human activity.
Representatives from almost 200 countries in the UN's Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) have been meeting since Tuesday for a final session before the COP15 summit in Montreal in December.
They are tasked with hammering out details of a draft text outlining a global framework to "live in harmony with nature" by 2050, with key targets to be met by 2030.
International efforts to protect the natural world -- including the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink -- have been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the destruction continues at a frantic pace.
Despite some progress in Nairobi, "it is clear that more needs to be done, we have only two days left", Zhou Guomei, who represents COP15 chair China, told the delegates.
She called on them to draft a "concise, inspirational and communicable document" to make clear to ministers at COP15 what "critical" issues needed to be resolved to enable them to reach a final agreement.
"At the current pace it will not be possible to have a text for COP15," warned Francis Ogwal of Uganda, one of the two co-chairs of the Kenya negotiations.