COP 9 - What's New

This page will be regularly updated during the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, with news and information on the latest events. Main coverage begins in the week prior to the opening of the meeting.

What's New

15 October 2021
Closing statement of Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Kunming, China, 15 October 2021. More »
15 October 2021
Part one of UN Biodiversity Conference closes, sets stage for adoption of post-2020 global biodiversity framework at resumption in 2022. More »
13 October 2021
Closing statement of Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the high-level segment of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Kunming, China, 13 October 2021. More »
13 October 2021
UN Biodiversity Conference’s High-Level Segment sees creation of Kunming Biodiversity Fund, adoption of Kunming Declaration, building political impetus for adoption of ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework. More »
12 October 2021
Opening statement of Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the high-level segment of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Kunming, China, 12 October 2021. More »
11 October 2021
Opening statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the 2021 United Nations Biodiversity Conference, Kunming, China, 11 October 2021. More »
26 August 2021
Government of Colombia to host hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP featuring heads of state and government to promote ambition for new global biodiversity agreement. More »
18 August 2021
New Global Biodiversity Agreement: China to Host a Two-Part Summit on Nature. More »
18 March 2021
New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework. More »
20 November 2020
UN Biodiversity Conference’s extraordinary meetings to resume next week. More »
13 November 2020
UN Biodiversity Convention’s Conference of the Parties holds three extraordinary meetings to address urgent programmatic matter for 2021. More »
5 September 2019
"Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth" is set to frame next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference, to be held in October in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. More »
29 November 2018
The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP14) closed tonight with broad international agreement on reversing the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss threatening all forms of life on Earth. More »
29 November 2018
Statement of the Executive Secretary, Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, at the closing of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference 2018, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 29 November 2018. More »
18 November 2018
The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference[1] opened yesterday in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, who emphasized the crucial importance of the meeting for Egypt, and for global efforts for sustainable development. More »
17 November 2018
Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference, 17 November 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. More »
15 November 2018
The Republic of Egypt, as the President of the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its concurrent meetings (COP14), and the People's Republic of China, as future host of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its concurrent meetings (COP15) in 2020, together with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, are teaming up to launch the Sharm El-Sheikh to Beijing Action Agenda for Nature and People. More »
14 November 2018
Statement of Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the opening of the high-level segment of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 14 November 2018. More »
8 November 2018
The global community will lay the groundwork for action over the next few decades to protect biodiversity and nature at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference, scheduled to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018. More »
18 December 2016
Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. More »