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Venue and Date Confirmed for Biodiversity COP15

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has confirmed that the COP15 meeting – at which a new Global Biodiversity Framework will be agreed – will take place in Canada in December 2022.

In an announcement this morning, the CBD Secretariat published a notification on the decision:

“Acknowledging the urgency to address the biodiversity crisis, adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and launch its implementation, the COP Presidency and Bureau have emphasized that the second part of the Meetings must be held in 2022. Due to the continued uncertainties related to the ongoing global pandemic, China, as COP President, with the support of the Bureau, has decided to relocate the meetings from Kunming to a venue outside of China.” 

“After close consultation among the Government of China as COP President, the Bureau, the Secretariat and the Government of Canada as host of the Secretariat, it has been decided that the second part of the Meetings will take place at the seat of the Secretariat, in Montreal, Canada from 5 to 17 December 2022.”

[EDIT: Since this news item was published, the dates for COP15 have been moved slightly to 7-19 December.]

“China, as COP 15 President, will continue to preside over the Meetings, with the logo and the theme of COP 15 maintained. China will also convene the High-Level Segment and lead the facilitation of negotiations.”