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Colombia Proposes to Host the World Biodiversity Summit


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The Minister of Environment Susana Muhamad announced Colombia’s interest in hosting the next COP16 on Biodiversity in 2024. Credit: Ministry of Environment

Colombia’s leadership in terms of biodiversity has taken a step forward by the country proposing to host the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP16) in the year 2024. This offer represents a unique opportunity for the country, recognized for harboring the highest biological diversity per hectare in the world.

The Minister of Environment, Susana Muhamad, confirmed Colombia’s proposal on the sidelines of the COP28 climate change summit in Dubai. This proposal arises after Turkey withdrew from organizing COP16 due to earthquakes affecting the country. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested interested countries in hosting the event to come forward as soon as possible, maintaining the scheduled dates (October 21 to November 1, 2024), or close to those dates.

David Cooper, interim executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, highlighted the significance of Colombia’s proposal by stating that the country is an inspiring example in its commitment to local communities, conservation, and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

What is the Biodiversity COP?

The Biodiversity COP brings together over 190 countries, observer organizations, and various stakeholders from civil society to address biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems, equitably distribute benefits, and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. This landmark event sets out 23 targets for 2030 and four objectives for 2050.

Central to the summit are negotiations on biosafety and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources.

The last edition, COP15, held in Canada in December 2022 and presided over by China, concluded with a historic agreement. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was adopted, including specific measures to halt and reverse nature loss, such as protecting 30% of the planet and restoring 30% of degraded ecosystems.

Designating Colombia as the venue for COP16 not only underscores its commitment to biodiversity but also provides a key platform to promote global actions in support of nature and its conservation, envisioning a more sustainable world for future generations.

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