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Colombia to Host the World Biodiversity Summit COP16


Colombia Biodiversity Summit COP16
David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary of the COP, shakes hands with Susana Muhamad, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, in Dubai. Credit Ministry of Environment

President Gustavo Petro announced that Colombia will host the upcoming Biodiversity Summit COP16, scheduled for the fall of 2024. This event, slated to run from October 21st to November 1st, 2024, brings together delegations from nearly 200 countries to advocate for life on the planet.

“We will host the COP16 on Biodiversity next year. Delegations from almost 200 countries will come to Colombia in defense of life on the planet. Colombia is the global powerhouse of life,” celebrated President Petro on his social media.

Colombia’s designation as the host was met with enthusiasm by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Susana Muhamad, who highlighted the country’s commitment to biodiversity conservation and protecting the natural environment.

What is the Biodiversity COP?

The Biodiversity COP is a crucial meeting held every two years, gathering leaders from around the world, observer organizations, and representatives of civil society. Its primary goal is to address biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems, and ensure the fair distribution of benefits derived from genetic resources.

This historic event aligns with the goals set for 2030, including the protection of 30% of the planet and the restoration of 30% of degraded ecosystems. Additionally, it sets forth four fundamental objectives for the year 2050, focusing on halting and reversing the loss of nature.

The latest edition, COP15, held in Canada and presided over by China in December 2022, marked a significant milestone with the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. This historic agreement established specific measures for nature preservation and reversing biodiversity loss.

Designating Colombia as the host of COP16 not only recognizes its commitment to biodiversity but also provides a key platform to drive global actions in favor of nature conservation. This envisions a more sustainable world and highlights the importance of working together to protect our planet for future generations. COP16 promises to be a pivotal event on the global agenda for preserving life on Earth.

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