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China will host the first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), which is scheduled to be held from October 11 to 15 in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Themed “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth,” the COP15 is the first global conference convened by the United Nations on the topic of ecological civilization, and will review the “post-2020 global biodiversity framework.”

A declaration is expected to be issued to call on all parties to take actions for building a shared future for all life on Earth.

Dianchi Lake and Kunming City

A subsidiary event of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) was held on 6-7 June 2021 in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Co-hosted by the Secretariat Office of the Convention on Biological Diversity and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the two-day event is themed “The business and finance journey to Kunming: We are part of the solution.”

The event is comprised of a series of sub-forums and high-level dialogues conducted both online and in Kunming with objectives to promote the engagement of the business community with the biodiversity and to raise awareness of the upcoming COP15 and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework as well as to call for ambitious commitments and concrete action from the private sector that can help revert biodiversity loss and build a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Starting on the morning of June 6, the event kicked off with panel discussions covering topics including sustainable transformation and high-quality development of food system, sustainable sand use, sustainable supply chain and global ocean protection.

Sunset at Dianchi Lake in Kunming City

The event of June 7 started with a high-level speech by Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of MEE and a video speech by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of CBD Secretariat Office, followed by five sub-forums on the topics of nature-based solutions (NbS) and biodiversity conservation, financing for biodiversity, technology enables biodiversity, mainstreaming SDGs and post 2020 biodiversity targets across business strategies, climate change and biodiversity and how energy and extractives industries support biodiversity targets.