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Colombia to Host United Nations 2024 Biodiversity Conference


COP16 Colombia 'Peace with Nature'
Environment Minister Susana Muhamad recently announced the arrival of delegates from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Credit: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

Colombia is diligently preparing for the Conference of the Parties 16 (COP16), a pivotal environmental summit scheduled for this year. Environment Minister Susana Muhamad recently announced the arrival of delegates from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signifying a key stage in the event’s organization. COP16, with its theme ‘Peace with Nature’, aims to integrate local insights into global environmental dialogues.

‘Peace with Nature’: The Heart of COP16

The COP16 theme, ‘Peace with Nature’, reflects Colombia’s commitment to integrating community knowledge into environmental negotiations. This theme was confirmed during a meeting between David Cooper, the CBD Secretary, and Minister Muhamad. The slogan symbolizes a people-centric approach, emphasizing the importance of listening to those who safeguard biodiversity in their territories.

The selection of the host city for COP16 is underway, with six Colombian cities expressing interest. The CBD delegation, present in Colombia until January 26, is assessing logistical aspects and technical requirements to ensure the successful execution of the event. The final decision on the host city will be a culmination of collaborative efforts involving the government, private sector, communities, civil society, and mayors nationwide.

Colombia’s Role in Global Biodiversity and Climate Action

Colombia, recognized as one of the most biodiverse countries globally, has been leading robust climate action and biodiversity agendas in Latin America. The COP16 event presents an opportunity for Colombia to showcase its commitment to addressing the biodiversity crisis and climate action. David Cooper highlighted the importance of leadership from President Gustavo Petro and Minister Muhamad in driving global efforts to implement the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted in 2022.

Elizabeth Taylor, the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the significance of COP16 in positioning Colombia’s environmental policies on the global stage. She noted the interconnection between climate change and biodiversity loss, underscoring their roles in the broader planetary crisis.

The upcoming COP16 in Colombia is not just a national event but a global platform for addressing pressing environmental issues. The government’s rigorous analysis of potential host cities reflects its commitment to accommodating over 12,000 international visitors. This event is a testament to Colombia’s dedication to environmental stewardship and its role in the global environmental discourse.

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