The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.
To date the Conference of the Parties has held 12 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years.
The Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea from 6 – 17 October 2014. The Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) will be held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016.
Given the destruction of mangroves in Cancun, there has been a petition – Retiren a México la sede para la COP13: la ONU no debe dar respaldo a un gobierno ecocida – Change.org – to remove Mexico as the conference host. @supercivicosmx
Ron Mader: I do not agree that Mexico should be suspended as the host of #COP13 (part of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity).
But we must insist that the conference provide substantive talk and action in order to prevent ecocides. On behalf of Planeta.com I want more research and diffusion of what is happening in Mexico and what will happen in this international conference.
I think it is critical that locals have the opportunity to show conference delegates the Tajamar site and other areas in the Yucatan Peninsula. Show us – warts and all – examples ofresponsible travel and tourism.
And please do not wait until the event begins. #Tajamar is trending, so let’s focus attention on Mexico’s biodiversity now. There are many stories to be told, some very positive, some less so (again, see warts and all). What’s most important is that we listen and learn.
In the case of Tajamar, a forest is not destroyed overnight. Who were we not listening to? How do we minimize the risk of future ecocides? What are the other questions we should be asking?
Feb 8-14 Discuss during a Responsible Travel Week hangout
May 22 Discuss during Biodiversity Day hangout