6 November – In collaboration with the Government of Egypt, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 14-29 November, under the theme “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet.”

Main themes up for discussion at the UN Biodiversity Conference include achieving the globally agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, mainstreaming biodiversity issues and the beginning of two years of negotiation of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, scheduled for final agreement at CBD COP15 in China in 2020.

The High Level Segment of the conference takes place 14-15 November. Some 80 ministers of environment, infrastructure, energy, industry and other sectors expected to join discussions on mainstreaming biodiversity into their respective fields of work.

The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity on 13 November 2018.  The theme of the Summit is “Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: Priorities for increased resilience in Africa”. The summit will be followed by a press conference.

All documents and information relating to the conference can be found at: www.cbd.int/conferences/2018

An online press kit, including press briefs on the main issues to be addressed at the meeting, accreditation instructions and the schedule of press conferences can be found at:  www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/information/media

Live and on demand webcasts of negotiations, press conferences and selected side events are available at: www.cbd.int/webcast/ 

Media accreditation:  Online media accreditation remains open until the opening date of the meeting.  The form is accessible at: www.cbd.int/participation/2018/media

Press conferences: Press conferences can still be reserved by partners. All press conference requests should be made using the form available at: www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/information/media

Press Briefings:  To be held every morning of the Conference at 9:15. The briefing will be webcast.

FAQs of relevance to media are available at: www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/information/media-faq

UN Biodiversity Conference media list – if you wish to be added to the Conference media list and receive media advisories, updates, press releases and various alerts on conference activities, please email: johan.hedlund@cbd.int

Social media for the Conference can be found on:

Hashtags for the meeting include:

  • #UNBiodiversityConference
  • #COP14
  • #EgyptCOP14
  • #InvestInBiodiversity
  • #PeopleAndPlanet

For further information, please contact:

Johan Hedlund
Associate Information Officer, Convention on Biological Diversity
Email: johan.hedlund@cbd.int
Tel: +1 514 287-6670