China to Host UN Biodiversity meeting

Visitors take selfies in front of a plant sculpture at the Jinbi Square in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 2, 2021.

Kunming, 4 October 2021 (TDI): In Kunming, southwest China, preparations for the UN meeting regarding biodiversity are in their final stage.

October 11, will mark the beginning of the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. This meeting will discuss the “post-2020 Global biodiversity framework” and develop a plan to preserve biodiversity in the future.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said that the second meeting will take place in 2022 in-person and involve deeper and more extensive discussions in order to develop a realistic and achievable framework for global biodiversity post-2020.

Emplacement is the Kunming’s Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center where the guest will congregate. Participants will be encouraged not to use plastic water bottles and to drink more from disposable cups. New-energy vehicles will be the only mode of transport for guests.

Wang Tianxi, Deputy Director of Yunnan Province’s Department of Ecology and Environment, indicated that carbon neutrality will be implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Adding to this, he mentioned that all the preparations for the meeting have been completed.

Kunming Botanical Garden also hosts outdoor exhibitions. More than 1,800 species of plants are compiled in the greenhouse area. Sun Weibang, director of the garden said that the collection includes rare plant species from China and from five other continents.

The COP15 conference, titled “Ecological Civilization – Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”, is the first International meeting put together by the United Nations.

Even though Yunnan province covers only 4.1% of China’s total land, it is a ‘Kingdom of Animals and Plants’ and a ‘Gene Bank of Species’ because it has more than half of China’s biological diversity.