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15th Biodiversity COP (2021-2022)


Montreal, Canada hosts a hybrid event, the 15th Biodiversity COPcbd.int/meetings/COP-15 – December 5-17 with the theme “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.” Delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Hashtags: #COP15, #SBSTTA, #Post2020

The first part of the meetings took place virtually from October 11-15, 2021, with the second part reconvening in face-to-face meetings in Montreal, Canada December 5-17, 2022.

The event was scheduled to take place in Kunming, China.

Planeta.com is updating this guide to the event, making requests of the organizers and participants, and creating a social web challenge for allies around the globe. Check out our curated Twitter moment. Feedback and notes are welcome.

Key Links
Slogan Contest
Virtual Tables
Post 2020 Strategic Timeline
YouTube – CBD Live PlaylistNGO Forum


  • What are the most relevant hashtags?
  • Are there livestreaming and recorded videos?
  • How is COP15 different from COP14, 13, 12, 11
  • How does the event attend to and amplify Indigenous peoples?
  • Are relevant publications available online?
  • Who is writing and tweeting about the Biodiversity COP?
  • Is anyone recapping the videos from CBD Live?
  • What is an ecological civilization?

What is Cop15 and why does it matter for all life on Earth?
Explainer: COP15, the biggest biodiversity conference in a decade – Under the Banyan @shanahanmike
Cop15: lack of political leadership leaves crucial nature summit ‘in peril’, warn NGOs – Guardian
Montreal to host delayed Cop15 summit to halt ‘alarming’ global biodiversity loss
COP15: UN biodiversity summit moved from China to Canada – BBC
COP15: Canada to replace China as venue for UN biodiversity summit
‘Sleepwalking through extinction’: China urged to end delays to Cop15 summit
What really happened at Geneva’s crucial biodiversity negotiations?
UN biodiversity talks fail to agree on new targets to protect wildlife – New Scientist
Biodiversity: Pressure grows for deal to save nature – BBC
Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic
The case against the concept of biodiversity – Clare Fieseler/Vox @ClareFieseler

News from the UN


Edinburgh Declaration for subnational governments, cities and local authorities on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework@4Post2020BD


Press Conference for the Release of the First Draft of the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Outlook

October 2020

Bonus points:

  • What are your favorite examples of good practice connecting biodiversity conservation, education, and travel and tourism?
  • How can the organizers and participants be more public-facing?
  • How can remote allies, friends, journalists, and others participate in #COP15?

How can remote allies, friends, journalists, and others participate in #COP15? #RoofDog

Google Maps

COP15 Wish List
How should we evaluate the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties? Here is our wish list for the event:

1) We’d like to learn about biodiversity
2) We’d like this event to be a window into the CBD and partners
3) We’d like this event to be fully engaged via the social web

4) We’d like this event to engage locals in China and teach visitors about China
5) We’d like this event to be a catalyst for satellite events and viewing parties
6) We’d like this event to be particularly friendly to Indigenous Peoples and local communities
7) We’d like this event to serve as an example of responsible travel embedded in conservation events
8) We’d like this event to serve as an example of Open Access, Open Education and Open Journalism


  • Photos of information tables and signage at this event
  • Allow questions from remote participants at events and press conferences
  • Technical requests: Twitter list of partners, participants, superfans
  • twitter.com/UNBiodiversity/lists

Why is 2020 a critical yar – Paulson Institute
Logo launched for 2020 UN Convention on Biological Diversity – CGTN

Embedded Tweets

BiodiversityChinaClimateExtinctionFPICIndigenous – Livestreaming – Mainstreaming – Protected Planet – Public-Facing – Sustainability





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