The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held from 17-29 November 2018, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. COP 14 will be held concurrently with the ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the third Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization.
The theme of the 2018 Biodiversity Conference is “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet.”
The Biodiversity Conference will be preceded by a high-level segment, to convene from 14-15 November. The high-level segment will:
focus on ways and means to mainstream biodiversity into the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health, within the broader context of sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals; and
address how to engage the international community in the transformational path needed for the new global biodiversity framework to be adopted in 2020.
The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is expected to launch the negotiations for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will replace the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
The conference will further address a series of strategic, financial, and ecosystem-related issues of relevance to the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, aiming to step up efforts to halt biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security, and health, for billions of people (please consult our summary and analysis of SBSTTA 21 and tenth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j), and summary and analysis of SBSTTA 22 and SBI 2). In particular, it is expected to adopt:
voluntary guidance on protected areas and other area-based conservation measures;
guidelines on ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction;
guidance for avoiding unintentional introduction of invasive alien species; and
a global action plan 2018-2030 for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators, which are crucial for global food security.
Marine conservation issues are high on the agenda, including ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, as well as items related to new technologies, such as risk assessment and management of synthetic biology, and benefit-sharing arising from the use of digital sequence information derived from genetic resources.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference.
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