29 August - 9 September 2022 China
UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) (Part 2)

This Conference comprises the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 10), and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 4). 

CBD COP 15 will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization. 

The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China, but was postponed several times in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 18 August 2021, the CBD Secretariat announced that COP 15 would take place in two parts:

  • the first part took place in a virtual format, from 11-15 October 2021;
  • the second part of COP 15 is scheduled to be a face-to-face meeting in Kunming, China, from 25 April-8 May 2022. It is now anticipated that these dates will be adjusted to dates later in 2022. 

In November 2021, due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent travel restrictions announced by some countries, the resumed sessions of the subsidiary bodies were postponed from January to March 2022. The 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) and the 3rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as the third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) will prepare for CBD COP 15.  

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub policy brief on the road to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is here.

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dates: 29 August – 9 September 2022 [tentative]
location: China
additional: Kunming
www: https://www.cbd.int/article/new-dates-cop15-virtual-2021-facetoface-2022

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