The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It brings together representatives of the countries party managers and key players to promote the implementation of the Convention.
Since the CBD came into force in December 1993, the COP has held 12 regular meetings and adopted 367 decisions.
The COP-13 is taking place from 2 to 17 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico
During COP 13, about ten thousand participants, including representatives of the countries parties, observer countries, international organizations and others interested will meet in Cancun to negotiate agreements and commitments that give impulse to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as well as the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi goals.