Processes and Meetings

The processes and meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and of its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization provide critical guidance to Parties, IPLCs and other stakeholders on actions to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, while equitably sharing the benefits from the use of genetic resources.

Implementation of the Convention and its Protocols is guided by the advice, recommendations and decisions provided by the Conference of the Parties, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocols, the various subsidiary bodies, open-ended working groups, expert groups and informal advisory committees.

Other processes include national reporting, assessment and review, and the development and implementation of thematic and cross-cutting programmes of work, initiatives and a variety of principles, guidelines, action plans and frameworks.

The current overarching framework for action is the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Governments are in the process of developing a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that will guide actions in the decades to come.

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Upcoming Meetings

Dates and VenueMeeting

January 2019

1 January 2019 - 31 October 2020
Online
Confirmed
Preparations for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

March 2020

30 March - 1 April 2020
Bern, Switzerland
Postponed
Updated!
Thematic Consultation on the Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
30 March - 3 April 2020
Online
Confirmed
Meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment

April 2020

7 - 9 April 2020
Berlin, Germany
Postponed
Updated!
Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum
15 - 17 April 2020
Online
Confirmed
Seventeenth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
20 - 23 April 2020
Online
Confirmed
Fourteenth meeting of the Liaison Group on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
21 - 23 April 2020
Online
Confirmed
Third meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

May 2020

22 May 2020
Online - Multiple Venues, Montreal, Canada
International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

July 2020

23 - 25 July 2020
Cali, Colombia
Tentative
Eleventh meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on the Biosafety Clearing-House
27 - 31 July 2020
Cali, Colombia
Tentative
Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

August 2020

25 - 30 August 2020
Ottawa, Canada
Tentative
Updated!
Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

September 2020

1 - 6 September 2020
Ottawa, Canada
Tentative
Updated!
Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

October 2020

15-28 October 2020
Kunming, China
Confirmed
Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
15-28 October 2020
Kunming, China
Confirmed
Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
15-28 October 2020
Kunming, China
Confirmed
Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing