India’s first United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11), will be inaugurated by Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan Today at Hyderabad.
COP 11, being held from October 8 to 19, will be attended by over 2,000 delegates from more than 150 countries.
The meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 6) is scheduled first. It will discuss and adopt further decisions to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology. This five-day meet will conclude on October 5.
COP MOP 6 will be followed by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) between October 8 and 19 and is expected to see the participation of heads of countries and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
COP 11 is taking place during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 65/161. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Its goal is to mainstream biodiversity at different levels. Throughout the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.