Convention on Biological Diversity

COP

The Conference of the Parties was established as the governing body of the CBD in
Article 23 of the Convention.

The COP is guided by the Rules of Procedure adopted by Parties in decision I/1 and amended in decision V/20.

It meets every two years to review implementation of the Convention and decide on future advancement.

Decisions of the COP are available through the CBD Clearing House Mechanism.

The COP receives recommendations from the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), and Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Groups who work intersessionally on specific issues.