About the Conference

UN Biodiversity Conference – Egypt November 2018

On 17 – 29 November 2018 the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries to participate in the UN Biodiversity Conference that includes the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14). Governments will work to step up efforts to halt the biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people.

At COP 14, Parties to the Convention will discuss efforts needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as lay the groundwork for the process of developing the successor of the current Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. COP 14 will also include an innovative discussion on mainstreaming biodiversity into five core sectors of the economy – infrastructure, mining, energy and gas, manufacturing, and health.

Biodiversity and climate change will also be discussed. The conference will of course also look at the important question of protected areas both on land and sea, and other measures for enhanced conservation and management of biodiversity. Delegates will continue long-standing discussions on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas.

Parties to the Convention will also have important policy discussions on a variety of thematic and cross-cutting issues that will set global and national policy directions for the protection of biodiversity. These will include:

• Digital sequence information on genetic resources.
• Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and practices (Article 8(j))
• Sustainable wildlife management.
• Biodiversity and climate change.
• Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators.
• Spatial planning, protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.
• Marine and coastal biodiversity.
• Invasive alien species.
• Synthetic biology.
• Resource mobilization and the financial mechanism of the Convention
• Knowledge management and communication

Under the Convention and also under its two Protocols – the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, governments will address important questions raised by emerging technologies, including: how advances in synthetic biology can be managed to maximise the potential benefits while minimizing the risks. Additionally, the implications of digital sequence information on genetic resources for the objectives of the Convention and the Nagoya Protocol will also be discussed.

Documents of the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14), as well as the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COPMOP9) and the 3rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (COPMOP3) can be found at: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2018