Colombia Confirmed as Official Host of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP16)
DECEMBER 19, 2023
Colombia has been officially confirmed as the host country for CBD COP16, the Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD met on 15 December and officially accepted Colombia’s offer. The conference will be held from October 21 to November 1, 2024.
CBD COP16 presents a critical opportunity to build upon the momentum of the landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), adopted at COP15 in December 2022. This framework sets ambitious goals for halting biodiversity loss and restoring nature by 2030.
With its strong track record of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and being home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, Colombia is a compelling choice as host. As the current co-chair of the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership, the country is uniquely positioned to drive global action to enhance biodiversity protection and accelerate the implementation of GBF-aligned National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), key goals of the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership.
"We are delighted that Colombia has been confirmed as the host of COP16," declared Katherine Madden, Global Coordinator of the NBSAP Accelerator Partnership's Global Coordination Unit. "With its incredible track record in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, Colombia is a powerful partner for this important meeting. The NBSAP Accelerator Partnership looks forward to working closely with the Colombian government to make COP16 a resounding success."
In announcing the initial offer at UNFCCC COP28, Susana Muhamad, Colombia's Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, expressed her enthusiasm for the country's role as host. "This is going to be a great opportunity for one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. This event sends a message from Latin America to the world about the importance of climate action and the protection of life.”
Image: Colombia Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Susana Muhamad at COP28 | Credit: UNFCCC
By engaging with countries worldwide, Colombia will play a pivotal role as COP16 host, ensuring that rigorous assessments of NBSAP targets are conducted, paving the way for a comprehensive and transparent global review of progress towards the GBF at COP17 in 2026. The country's rich biodiversity, coupled with its unwavering commitment to sustainable development, positions it to make COP16 a truly transformative event.