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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

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 »
17 December 2016
I would like to start by acknowledging and welcoming the good results of a successful 2016 United Nations Biodiversity Conference here in Cancun, Mexico, where, after arduous negotiations. More »
5 December 2016
I am honoured to have this opportunity to address you on the occasion of the visit of His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico at this United Nations Biodiversity Conference, in Cancun, Mexico, 2016. More »
4 December 2016
I am pleased to welcome you all to the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol, and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, here in Cancun, Mexico. More »
1 December 2016
At a critical meeting opening tomorrow, the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries to step up efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people. More »
5 July 2016
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have launched a technical guidance document which aims to promote mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services into agriculture through national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), and thereby contribute towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. More »
17 October 2014
Closing Remarks by Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, at the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 17 October 2014. More »
17 October 2014
The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda. More »
17 October 2014
The High Level Segment of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. More »
17 October 2014
Governments have agreed to a series of actions that will further bolster the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, facilitate its effective implementation, and ensure that countries have the necessary resources to take the next steps to implement the treaty, which entered into force earlier this week. More »
16 October 2014
The Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12). More »
15 October 2014
Opening Remarks by Mr. Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, to the High Level Segment of the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. More »
9 October 2014
Invitation to attend the workshop on “Advancing with IPBES Stakeholder Engagement Strategy” (Saturday 11th October 11th, 10:00-12:00, Contact Group Room 7). More »

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