The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Susana Muhamad, together with David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, officially launched the preparations for what will be the most important event in the history of the environmental sector in the country, the COP 16 on Biodiversity to be held between October 21 and November 1 of this year.

The CBD delegation will work intensively with government delegates for a week to evaluate logistics, negotiations and other aspects of a large-scale event such as the COP on biodiversity. During the meeting, the minister assured that the COP16 represents an important challenge of articulation with communities, the private sector, civil society and national government entities.

Minister of Environment of Colombia, Susana Muhamad noted that “It is a challenge for the country, to hold for the first time a summit of this magnitude, which also represents an opportunity for the country. We have decided that the slogan of this summit will be ”Peace with Nature’ is a people’s summit where we want the voices of those who are taking care of the biodiversity of the territories to be heard by the governments. After this visit we will define the host city, this event requires a very robust plan of joint work, not only with all state entities but with the private sector, communities, civil society and mayors across the country, because this is the year of biodiversity in Colombia”

David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity said: “We need the leadership of President Petro and Minister Susana Muhamad to push all actors in the world to be able to implement the Kunming-Montreal global biodiversity framework, which was adopted in 2022. This COP16 in Colombia would be the first COP since the adoption of this global framework and we hope that countries will demonstrate that they are applying this framework and thus face the biodiversity crisis.”

This important event represents a great opportunity for Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and one that has been recognized in Latin America for leading a robust agenda on climate action, biodiversity and the protection of life.

Elizabeth Taylor, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia said: “This COP is fundamental because it is the most important scenario, we are going to have to multilaterally position the great messages of President Petro, Minister Muhamad and the Chancellor to the world. We cannot separate biodiversity protection from climate action. What is happening at the global level is very interrelated with climate and biodiversity loss, two of the most important elements of the triple planetary crisis”.

So far, 6 cities in the country have expressed interest in hosting the COP. For this reason, the Colombian government, together with the convention, will carry out a rigorous analysis of the logistical requirements and feasibility of the conditions required to receive the more than 12 thousand visitors that will arrive in the country.

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