Events

COP 10 – the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

October 20th, 2010

The Conference of the Parties 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. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 9 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. To date the Conference of the Parties has taken a total of 252 procedural and substantive decisions. The Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Bonn, Germany (19 – 30 May 2008).

Pursuant to decision IX/35, the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) will be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010.

COP 10 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from 27 to 29 October 2010.

This meeting will take place during the International Year for Biodiversity (IYB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 61/203. During the course of the year events will occur in every region of the world to raise public awareness of the importance of biological diversity to human well-being.

Strategic Issues for Evaluating Progress and Supporting Implementation of the Convention will be considered. It is anticipated that the negotiations on an International Regime on Access and Benefit-sharing will result in the adoption of an instrument on Access and Benefit-Sharing.

During the COP 10 the following side events will take place:

- Strengthening What Works – Recognising and supporting the conservation achievements ofindigenous peoples and local communities

- ICCAs in Coastal and Marine Environments – learning from long-standing and new examples throughout the world.

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