02 Nov 2021
14:00–15:15

The UN Biodiversity Conference, initially scheduled to take place in 2020, is taking place in two segments. The first part of the meetings took place from 11 to 15 October 2021, and the second part will convene in face-to-face meetings in Kunming, China from 25 April to 8 May 2022. This Executive Briefing will provide the latest information on the preparations for the second part of the Conference, as well as the Subsidiary Bodies and Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework meetings, scheduled to take place in-person in Geneva, in January 2022.

About the UN Biodiversity Conference

The UN Biodiversity Conference comprises the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CP 10), and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (NP MOP 4). Originally scheduled for October 2020, the Conference has been rescheduled in two segments. The first part of the meetings took place from 11 to 15 October 2021, with the second part reconvening in face-to-face meetings in Kunming, China from 25 April to 8 May 2022.

With the participation of almost 2,918 delegates in Kunming, and 2,478 connecting online, part one of the UN Biodiversity Conference closed on 15 October, setting the stage for the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the resumption of the meeting in Spring 2022.

The conference’s two-day High-Level Segment (12-13 October), opened with the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping of the 1.5 billion-yuan (about $233 million) Kunming Biodiversity Fund, saw the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to negotiate an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The resumed sessions of the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) and the 3rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as the third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) will take place from 12 to 28 January 2022, at the International Conference Center Geneva in Geneva.

At this Executive Briefing, the CBD Executive Secretary will highlight the outcomes of the first part of the UN Biodiversity Conference as well as present the Convention workplan in the run-up to the second part of the conference, including the intermediary body meetings scheduled to take place in Geneva in 2022.

Speakers

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Bruno POZZI

Europe Director, UNEP

Elizabeth MREMA

Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

Ivonne HIGUERO

Secretary-General, CITES

Lin LI

Director of Global Policy and Public Affairs, WWF International

Registration

This session will take place online. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.

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