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CBD COP 13 Business and Biodiversity Forum

Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Opportunities for Business


2-3 December 2016


Hotel Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico

The CBD Secretariat and the Government of Mexico are hosting the 2016 CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum. The Forum will take place in Cancun, Mexico on 2-3 December 2016 immediately prior to the start of the thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the CBD, which will be taking place 4 – 17 December 2016. The Forum will run in parallel with the Ministerial High-Level Segment of the COP.

Interactive panel discussions are planned on the following topics:

  • Financing;
  • Natural Capital Accounting;
  • Supply Chains and Sustainable Production and Consumption;
  • Climate, Biodiversity and Business;
  • Access and Benefits Sharing; and
  • Partnerships and other Innovative Approaches for Biodiversity Conservation

SECTORAL: Different productive sectors, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, as these last four are the “mainstreaming sectors” that will be highlighted throughout COP13.

The 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum will include opportunities for networking with peers, Ministers from around the world, from the sectors listed above, and world renowned experts. The agenda can be downloaded here Agenda

Business leaders will also be invited to join the Business and Biodiversity Pledge to convey their commitment in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and in taking actions that contribute to the achievement of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This will be the first time that such a business pledge has been issued at a CBD Conference of the Parties.

Registration for the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum is possible here 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum

UNCTAD will host the IV BioTrade Congress in parallel to the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum on 3 December 2016.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme