FAO at COP16

The UN Biodiversity Conference 2024 will be held in Colombia from 21 October to 1 November 2024. COP16 is the first Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP since the Global Biodiversity Framework, also known as The Biodiversity Plan was adopted at COP15 in December 2022, in Montreal, Canada.

At COP16, Parties to the Convention are expected to show the alignment of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) with The Biodiversity Plan. Among other tasks, COP16 is also due to finalize and operationalize the multilateral mechanism on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources.

FAO will support its Members with technical advice both within and outside the negotiations, as well as leading and co-leading events. By advocating for sustainable agricultural practices that safeguard biodiversity and enhance ecosystem resilience, FAO helps to reduce key drivers of biodiversity loss and protect vulnerable rural communities. By partnering with governments, civil society and the private sector, FAO supports the mainstreaming of biodiversity across the food and agricultural sectors, across policies and programmes.

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