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The official name of the UN Biodiversity Conference is the Conference of the Parties (COP), and it is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It brings together representatives of the Parties to the CBD and other key players to review and promote the implementation of the Convention.

COP-MOP refers to the COP serving as the meetings of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol or the Cartagena Protocol.

The COP and the COP-MOPs take place every two years. The UN Biodiversity Conference in 2016 is held on 2-17 December in Cancun, Mexico. Read more >

Who can attend?

Parties, observers and the media.