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In the recent press released by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), new dates have been announced for the UN Biodiversity Conference, now scheduled for 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, China. The UN Biodiversity Conference was originally scheduled to take place last 15-28 October 2020 in Kunming, China. The dates were later changed to May 2021 but have been adjusted to reflect the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

During the Conference, the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the CBD will be held simultaneously with the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP10) and the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (MOP4).

The COP15 to the CBD will assess the achievement and implementation of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also expected that a decision will take place on the adoption of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which is crucial for building resilience and galvanizing international cooperation, including the decision on associated topics such as capacity building and resource mobilization.