Road to Kunming COP15

On the road to COP15, we invite you to discover the events related to the preparation of COP15, along with the involvement of Belgian experts in this context through short interviews. The COP15 was initially planned in Kunming, but due to strict covid measures in China, the event took place in Montreal. 

Key steps in 2022 on the road to COP15

  • 03 - 05 December 2022 - Fifth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, took place in Montreal, Canada



  • 21 - 26 June 2022 - Fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, took place in Nairobi, Kenya


  • 14-19 March 2022 - The resumed sessions of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24), the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) and the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3), originally scheduled for 12-28 January 2022 took place on 14-29 March 2022, at the International Conference Center Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Key steps in 2020 on the road to COP15

  • 17-20 March 2020 - The CBD’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information met online – rather than in Montreal, Canada – to form recommendations for the post-2020 biodiversity framework.
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 23 March 2020, CBD Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema announced that the dates for this meeting would be adjusted. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China.
  • On 15 July 2020, the CBD announced the meeting would take place from 17-30 May 2021. 
  • 17-22 August 2020 - The SBSTTA-24 meeting has been tentatively moved from May to August in Montreal, where it will focus on COP15 and the new framework.
  • 22-29 August 2020 - The final rescheduling of SBI-3, focusing on issues including resource-mobilisation, capacity-building and progress-monitoring in the context of the new framework.
  • 20 September 2020 - The UN general assembly is scheduled to convene a Leader’s Biodiversity Summit of heads of state and government in New York to give COP15 a political boost.



* Initially, the COP15 was supposed to take place in Kunming, China, but due to the country’s zero-Covid policy, the COP15 will happen in Montreal, Canada. 

  11-24 October  
cop15United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity - COP15
  September 2021  
3-11 September    
iucnIUCN World Conservation Congres – Marseille     wearehere  
  July 2021  
1 July    
webinarPost 2020 Local and Subnational Government Information Webinar
More news here.


  June 2021  
22-23-29-30 June, IUCN Local Action Summit webinars   25 June, Colombia’s multi-level dialogue on the post 2020 biodiversity framework

In the run-up to the IUCN Local Action Summit (September 3rd 2021 in Marseille), 4 closed webinars will be held by IUCN. More information here.



colombiaOn 25 June 2021, the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework - EU Support project partners with ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center and its South American Secretariat to organize a multilevel dialogue on the post 2020 biodiversity framework in Colombia. The dialogue will engage all levels of government around key policy issues arising from the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, their implications for local and subnational governments and Colombia’s national position on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
14-24 June, IPBES-8 virtual plenary session   15-16 June, European Development Days

The eight plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Eighth session will be held from 14 to 24 June 2021.

arrow europeThe European Development Days will be convened on 15-16 June 2021 in a fully digital format. The 14th edition reaffirms its focus on ‘The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future’.  Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support will host an Agora discussion, “From conservation to transformative change for biodiversity. On the road to CBD COP15”, and materials will be available at a virtual booth.  More information here. More information here.
8 June - World Ocean Day   8-10 June, webinar 




forest“Coming together for Nature: for an integrated Business & Cities’ Brazilian vision”
4 June - The Road from Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming arrow 5 June - World Environment Day

Restoration in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Biodiversity leaders will gather for a high-level panel event to build ambition for ecosystem restoration in the post-2020 framework. Register here.



capture unepThe UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.