14th Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (COP 14)

November 13, 2018 to November 29, 2018

View of the dais during the opening session of the High-level Segment.
L-R: View of the dais during the opening session of the High-level Segment with Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment, Estonia, President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA); Khaled Fouda Saddiq Mohammed, Governor of South Sinai, Egypt; Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt; Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, Ambassador of Mexico to Egypt, COP 13 Presidency. Photo: IISD


The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

To date the Conference of the Parties has held 13 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years.

The Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) was held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016. The Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 17 - 29 November 2018.

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference will be held from 13 - 29 November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

CEO Naoko Ishii spoke at the African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity on 13 November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference closed in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 29 November 2018. Ms. Ishii was also quoted in the press release issued at the official closing of the conference.




GEF side events at CBD COP 14 >> Download flyer

           Presentation: Biodiversity Focal Area Strategy

​           Saturday November 17th  

​           Saturday November 17th

           Saturday November 17th

  • Food Systems, Land Use, Restoration and the Fate and Future of Biodiversity

           Sunday November 18th  

  • Trends and Strategies to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

           Monday November 19th  

  • Participation of Local Communities in the Wildlife Economy

           Tuesday November 20th  

  • Panel Discussion on Biodiversity Mainstreaming

           Wednesday November 21st


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