Updates on CBD COP 15

On 29 April 2021, China unveiled the official website for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15). The CBD COP 15 is scheduled to take place in Kunming, Yunnan Province, from 11 to 24 October 2021.

On 28 May 2021, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) sent an invitation letter to all provincial governments, inviting local authorities to showcase achievements and best practices in biodiversity conservation at China’s CBD COP 15 Pavilion in Kunming. The exhibition, which is planned to be set up by the end of August, will be divided into three sections: one for the whole of China, one for Yunnan Province, and one for all other provinces together. Moreover, a virtual exhibition will be prepared and completed by the end of September.

On 06-07 June 2021, a warm-up event of the ‘”Business and Biodiversity Forum”, an event running parallel to CBD COP 15, was held in Kunming, under the theme of “The business and finance journey to Kunming: We are part of the solution”. This event was co-hosted by the CBD Secretariat Office and the MEE and facilitated by the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO) of MEE, the World Economic Forum, and the Office of Yunnan Steering Group for CBD COP 15. On-site and offline keynote speeches were given by the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean, the Resident Representative of UNDP China, and the Regional Director of the French Development Agency in China. This event was supported by the United Nations and relevant international organizations, as well as companies such as China General Nuclear Group and Huawei. . Around 200 representatives from international organizations domestic and foreign governments, civil society, as well as businesses, attended the event on-site, with around another 300 joining online.

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.