The global community is engaged in a large-scale effort to reverse the loss of biodiversity around the world. Canada and 195 other countries have made specific commitments as parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Parties have renewed and clarified their commitments by adopting the Aichi Targets for 2020 and the IUCN has been busy updating its program of work to achieve global goals. International working groups have identified priorities, practices, and a suite of specific targets and actions. How does all this affect planning in the North? What are the particular opportunities and challenges here? How can we make a worthy contribution to these efforts?