Previous COPs

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The COP brings together representatives of the Parties to the Convention along with other key players from civil society, business, indigenous and local communities, youth and others to review and advance the implementation of the Convention.

To date the COP has held 13 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually; and somewhat less frequently afterwards. Following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, the meetings are now held every two years. The agenda of the meetings of the COP is very wide-ranging, reflecting the programme of work the COP has established for itself.

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) was held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016. The Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) is being held in Sharm-el Sheik, Egypt in November 2018.

Previous COP Dates

COP 13 -Thirteenth meeting – Cancun, MEXICO, 4 – 17 December 2016
COP 12 -Twelfth meeting – Pyeongchang, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 6 – 17 October 2014
COP 11 -Eleventh meeting – Hyderabad, INDIA, 8 – 19 October 2012
COP 10 -Tenth meeting – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, JAPAN, 18 – 29 October 2010
COP 9 -Ninth meeting – Bonn, GERMANY, 19 – 30 May 2008
COP 8 -Eighth Ordinary Meeting – Curitiba, BRAZIL, 20 – 31 March 2006
COP 7 -Seventh Ordinary Meeting – Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, 9 – 20 February 2004
COP 6 -Sixth Ordinary Meeting – The Hague, NETHERLANDS, 7 – 19 April 2002
COP 5 -Fifth Ordinary Meeting – Nairobi, KENYA, 15 – 26 May 2000
COP 4 -Fourth Ordinary Meeting – Bratislava, SLOVAKIA, 4 – 15 May 1998
COP 3 -Third Ordinary Meeting – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, 4 – 15 November 1996
COP 2 -Second Ordinary Meeting – Jakarta, INDONESIA, 6 – 17 November 1995
COP 1 -First Ordinary Meeting – Nassau, BAHAMAS, 28 November – 9 December 1994

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