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UN Biodiversity Conference - Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-being

2-17 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

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View of the Moon Palace Arena, venue of COP 2016

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IISD Reporting Services - COP 2016 The UN Biodiversity Conference 2016 will be held from 2-17 December 2016, in Cancún, Mexico. It will begin with a High-level segment, to be held from 2-3 December, hosted by the Mexican government and organized with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its theme will be ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-being’ and it will focus on plans, programmes and sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, particularly on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism.

The High-level segment will set the scene and provide the necessary political impetus to make progress on specific issues. It precedes the concurrent meetings of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8) and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the 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 (COP-MOP 2). The UN Biodiversity Conference will open in the afternoon of Sunday, 4 December, and will close on Saturday, 17 December.

CBD COP 13 will consider a series of substantive, organizational and financial issues. It will review progress towards implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and related means of implementation; and will consider strategic actions to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi targets, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity within and across sectors. Under these items, COP 13 will address: the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; biodiversity and climate change; protected areas; ecosystem restoration; forest biodiversity; and biodiversity and human health. Other substantive items concern issues related to: traditional knowledge, including guidelines for the repatriation of traditional knowledge; marine and coastal biodiversity, including ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, and a specific work plan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas; invasive alien species; and other scientific and technical issues, including climate-related geoengineering, synthetic biology, implications of the assessment on pollinators of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and sustainable wildlife management.

COP 13 will further address: issues related to operations of the Convention, including integration among the Convention and its Protocols, and reporting; capacity building and technical and scientific cooperation; cooperation with other conventions and international organizations; and resource mobilization, the financial mechanism and the budget for the next biennium.

Cartagena Protocol COP-MOP 8 will consider the report of, and elect new members to, the Compliance Committee; review the Framework and Action Plan for Capacity-Building; provide guidance on the operation and activities of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and consider the need to establish a subsidiary body for scientific and technical advice under the Protocol. The meeting will further address issues on: risk assessment and risk management, including a coordinated approach on the issue of synthetic biology; unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures; transit and contained use of living modified organisms; socioeconomic considerations; the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress; and organizational, cooperation, public awareness, reporting, financial and budgetary matters.

Nagoya Protocol COP-MOP 2 will review progress towards Aichi target 16 on the Nagoya Protocol, and address: compliance, including the report of the Compliance Committee; the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism; the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House and information sharing; capacity building and awareness raising; and cooperation, administrative, financial and budgetary matters.

A series of meetings will be held in parallel with the UN Biodiversity Conference, including: the 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum; the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum; the Summit ‘Muuchtanbal’ on Indigenous Experiences: Traditional Knowledge and Biological and Cultural Diversity; a workshop on the ABS Clearing-House; the 5th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments; the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair; the Rio Conventions Pavilion; and a series of exhibitions and side-events.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage, daily reports and will produce a summary and analysis report from the UN Biodiversity Conference.
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Specific funding for coverage of the UN Biodiversity Conference has been provided by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), the European Union (EU), and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland
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