Montréal is about to host another essential meeting. In December, governments from around the world will gather in Montréal to agree on a new set of goals to guide global actions to protect and restore nature. The event is the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, known informally known as COP15.
A bit of history
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was first signed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit by 150 government leaders. Its main objectives are:
- the conservation of biological diversity
- the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources
The CBD is dedicated to promoting sustainable development and the COP convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals, and microorganisms and their ecosystems. It is also about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.
On the COP15 agenda
The main objective of the conference is to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The framework provides a strategic vision and a global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration, and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade.
Learn more on the Convention on Biological Diversity website.
A homecoming, of sorts
The CBD Secretariat is located here in Montréal, which therefore makes it an ideal location for an event of this nature. In fact, with 70 international organizations (including four UN headquarters), Montréal ranks 3rd in the Americas for the number of IOs. Notably, Montréal is home to many IOs in civil aviation and sustainable development, but other sectors include life sciences, education, international development, and more.
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
COP15 and its many delegates are set to add even more life to an already lively time of year in Montréal. From festive artisanal markets to spirited holiday concerts, seasonal gastronomic offerings from the city’s many top-tier eateries, highly acclaimed international art exhibits and numerous other activities (including the annual Luminothérapie celebration of Montréal through light and sound installations), locals and visitors alike will be enthralled by the wide-open playground that is Montréal. Visit mtl.org for a broad array of great activity and entertainment suggestions.