The second part of COP 15 was expected to be a face-to-face meeting in Kunming, China, from 25 April-8 May 2022, and the subsidiary body meetings leading into COP 15 were expected to take place in January 2022. However, 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 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) have been postponed until later in 2022. Given that there must be three months between the close of these subsidiary bodies and the opening of the COP, COP 15 is expected to be postponed as well.
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. The current dates are still subject to change.
The 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.
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