UN Biodiversity Conference 2016 - Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being


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The UN Biodiversity Conference convened from December 2-17, 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. Held under the theme 'Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being,' the Conference moved towards enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets through decisions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to promote integration among the Convention and its Protocols.

The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference resulted in the 'Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being'.

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) adopted 38 decisions related to, inter alia, implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The eighth meeting of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CP COP-MOP 8) adopted 19 decisions, including on: compliance; use of the term "indigenous peoples and local communities"; capacity building; and guidance on the operation and activities of the Biosafety Clearing-House.

The COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol (NP) adopted 14 decisions, addressing a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism; the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House; compliance; and implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 16, among others.

For more details, please refer to CBD official website and ENB report.