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Part One of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) was held in Kunming, China, on 11 October 2021.  Due to the pandemic situation, this first phase of the conference was held virtually, with limited onsite participation in Kunming.


UN Biodiversity Conference comprises three meetings held concurrently:

Media accreditation procedures for part two of the COP-15 will shortly be announced.


Agenda for part one of COP-15 

11 October 2021: Opening Plenary - 15:00 to 18:00 Kunming time/07:00-10:00 UTC 

  • Parties open meeting; manage agenda items needed to ensure the CBD’s continued operation.
  • CBD Executive Secretary, Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, highlights main issues before COP.
  • Government of China, with election of Mr. Huang Runqui, Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, assumes COP Presidency.
  • Interim budget to be introduced: allows Convention and Secretariat to continue business until meeting’s Part 2 in April/May 2022.
  • Co-chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020), Francis Ogwal of Uganda and Basile Van Havre of Canada, to report on progress of work in preparing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
  • Parties to receive reports on items under CBD’s science (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice) body
  • The Conference of the Parties serving as the meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols will receive reports from their respective compliance committees.

12 October: High-Level Segment (HLS) 14:00 – 21:00 Kunming time/06:00-13:00 UTC 

  • HLS includes a Leader’s Summit, two virtual plenary sessions, four round tables (two parallel sessions per day), and a press conference.
  • Leader’s Summit (14:00 Kunming/06:00 UTC):  One-hour Summit features Heads of State and Government, and the United Nations Secretary-General
  • Ministerial Segment: Opening plenary (15:30 Kunming/07:30 UTC).
  • Remarks by COP-15 President Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment of China; Ms. Inger Anderson, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme; Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary.
  • Plenary panels to follow, feature heads of international organizations and three agenda items:
    • Ways biodiversity protection feeds into jobs, health, economic growth, education and culture
    • Alignment of finance and capacity-building to protect biodiversity
    • Synergies between the oceans, biodiversity and climate agendas.
  • First parallel roundtable sessions (19:00-21:00 Kunming/11:00-01:00 UTC) will include discussions and interventions from over 100 ministers.  Discussions geared towards driving political momentum towards development of an ambitious and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
    • Putting Biodiversity on a Path to Recovery - Investing in conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, and addressing the main drivers of biodiversity loss, across landscapes and seascapes, and engaging all people.
    • Closing the Financing Gap and Ensuring the Means of Implementation - Transforming incentives, mobilizing resources and aligning all financial flows to support biodiversity, including through COVID-19 economic recovery programmes.

13 October: High Level Segment (HLS) 10:00 – 17:00 Kunming/02:00-11:00 UTC

  • Second parallel roundtable sessions Continue (10:00-12:00 Kunming/02:00-04:00 UTC)
    • Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
    • Knowledge, Innovation and Benefit Sharing
  • Ministerial Segment Plenary (15:00-17:00 Kunming/07:00-09:00 UTC)
    • Report back from the Co-Chairs of the Roundtables
    • Adoption of the Kunming Declaration
    • Statements by Regions and Major Groups (TBD)
    • Closing Remarks
  • Press conference (19:00 – 20:00 Kunming/11:00-12:00 UTC)
    • Mr. Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    • Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary
    • Mr. Wang Yubo, Governor of Yunnan Province

14 October: Forum on Ecological Civilization (9:00-12:00 Kunming/01:00-04:00 UTC)

  • Organized by the Government of China. Forum to explore the concept of ecological civilization in line with the COP-15 theme: "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.”
  • Objective to provide platform for representatives from all walks of life to:
    • Share experiences/achievements in global biodiversity conservation, improving people's livelihoods and well-being, and green development.
    • Gather consensus on ecological civilization.
    • Promote and exchange cooperation in global biodiversity conservation and ecological civilization-related fields.
    • Provide experience and wisdom for building a global community of life and achieving harmonious coexistence between human beings and nature.
  • Opening of seven sub-forums (14:30 to 18:00 Kunming/06:30-10:00 UTC) on 14 October, continued on 15 October (8:30 to 11:30 Kunming/00:30-03:30 UTC)
  • Sub-forums gathers speakers from across China and around the world:
    • Sub-forum 1: Towards a Carbon Neutral Future Synergy between Climate Change and Biodiversity
    • Sub-forum 2: Ecological Civilization and Biodiversity mainstreaming
    • Sub-forum 3: Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains are Invaluable Assets - From Concept to Practice
    • Sub-forum 4: Nature-based Solutions for Ecological Conservation and Restoration
    • Sub-forum 5: Natural Capital Accounting and Ecological Product Value Realization
    • Sub-forum 6: Ecological Civilization and Ecological Security of the Tibetan Plateau
    • Sub-forum 7: Financial Sector Supporting Biodiversity
  • Launch of "Building a Shared Community of Life on Earth and Protecting Global Biodiversity" initiative.

15 October:  Closing Day

  • Continuation of Sub-Forums (8:30 to 11:30, Kunming/00:30-03:30 UTC)
  • Plenary to reconvene from 15:00 to 17:00 Kunming time/07:00-09:00 UTC
    • Results of High-Level Segment to be presented for adoption.
    • Adoption of Report on Phase One of meeting.


  • Closing press conference (19:00 – 20:00 Kunming/11:00-12:00 UTC)
    • Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary
    • Mr. Huang Runqui, Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China

Part two planning

  • Meeting to resume in-person from 25 April to 8 May in Kunming, China.
  • Meeting formally closes 8 May 2022.


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Press Briefs

At the two-week in-person Kunming meetings next spring, that global framework agreement will be presented for final consideration and decision by CBD’s 196 Parties.

The two-step summit process is essential given ongoing uncertainties created by COVID-19 and the necessity for face-to-face meetings to conclude the complex global framework negotiations. Read more, about how the process has unfolded and what to expect, through these  press releases:


Press Conferences

All press conferences and briefings related to COP 15, COP-MOP 4 and COP-MOP 10 will be available via live webcast or video on demand.

Key press conferences that occurred during the 


Social Media

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