UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP14)

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Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center (SHICC), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

“Investing in biodiversity for people and planet”

On 10 - 22 November 2018 the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries 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. The UN Biodiversity Conference (14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity - COP 14) will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The UN Biodiversity Conference is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

In addition, on the margins of the UN Biodiversity Conference, pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be made by governments, business, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, cities and subnational authorities, indigenous peoples and local communities, youth and civil society.

CBD COP14

CBD COP14 agenda items relevant to Earthmind themes

Verified Conservation Areas

Item 24. Spatial planning, protected areas, and other effective area-based conservation measures

113. The Conference of Parties, in decision XIII/2, invited Parties and relevant agencies and partners to undertake a review of experiences on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, additional measures to enhance their integration into the wider land- and seascapes, their mainstreaming across sectors, and effective governance models. The Executive Secretary was requested to develop voluntary guidance on these elements.

117. The Conference of the Parties is expected to consider this matter on the basis of relevant recommendations from the twenty-second meeting of SBSTTA.

Wildlife Economy

Item 20. Sustainable wildlife management

101. Further to decision XIII/8, SBSTTA at its twenty-first meeting considered voluntary guidance for a sustainable wild meat sector prepared by the Executive Secretary (CBD/SBSTTA/21/3) in collaboration with other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, and adopted recommendation XXI/2.

102. The Conference of the Parties is expected to consider this matter on the basis of recommendation XXI/2, while also taking into account an updated technical paper on the matter, prepared in line with the recommendation.

Blue Economy

Item 25. Marine and coastal biodiversity

121. In decisions XIII/3, XIII/9, and XIII/28, the Conference of the Parties addressed the ongoing cooperation between FAO, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Executive Secretary to improve reporting and support for the implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, and invited further collaboration, including in the compilation of experiences in mainstreaming biodiversity in fisheries, including through the ecosystem approach to fisheries, and to make this compilation available prior to the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting.

123. The Conference of the Parties is expected to consider this matter on the basis of relevant recommendations SBSTTA at its twenty-second meeting. 

Business & Finance

Item 9. Resource mobilization and the financial mechanism

49. In decision XII/3, the Conference of the Parties adopted voluntary guidelines on safeguards in biodiversity financing mechanisms and urged Parties, other Governments, business organizations and other stakeholders to take the voluntary guidelines into account when selecting, designing and implementing biodiversity financing mechanisms, and when developing instrument-specific safeguards for them, with a view to effectively harnessing their positive effects and avoiding or mitigating negative effects...

50. The Conference of the Parties is expected to consider these matters on the basis of relevant recommendations from the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.


Provisional agenda

1.         Opening of the meeting.

2.         Organizational matters.

3.         Report on the credentials of representatives to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

4.         Pending issues.

5.         Date and venue of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

6.         Reports of intersessional and regional preparatory meetings.

7.         Administration of the Convention and budget for the trust funds.

8.         Review of progress in the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

9.         Resource mobilization and the financial mechanism.

10.        Capacity-building and technical and scientific cooperation.

11.       Knowledge management and communication.

12.       Mechanisms for national reporting, assessment and review.

13.       Enhancing integration under the Convention and its Protocols with respect to provisions related to access and benefit-sharing, biosafety, and Article 8(j) and related provisions.

14.       Cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives.

15.       Review of the effectiveness of processes under the Convention and its Protocols.

16.       Second work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

17.       Long-term strategic directions to the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, approaches to living in harmony with nature and preparation for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

18.       Digital sequence information on genetic resources.

19.       Article 8(j) and related provisions.

20.       Sustainable wildlife management.

21.       Biodiversity and climate change.

22.       Mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors.

23.       Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators.

24.       Spatial planning, protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

25.       Marine and coastal biodiversity.

26.       Invasive alien species.

27.       Synthetic biology.

28.       Liability and redress (Article 14, paragraph 2).

29.       Other matters.

30.       Adoption of the report.

31.       Closure of the meeting.

Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center (SHICC)
Sharm El-Sheikh
Egypt