As the host of this globally-significant event, Mexico chose the theme of "Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being" to raise awareness of the impacts of the productive sectors on ecosystems and biodiversity.

COP 13 is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Nearly ten thousand participants will meet in Cancun to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as compliance with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Various outreach events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs and forums will also be held, along with the third Science for Biodiversity Forum, the Business and Biodiversity Forum 2016 and the fifth Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments.

The fifth Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments will bring together ministers, governors and mayors from around the world to deal directly with the leaders of 195 countries and their main stakeholders on city- and state-level solutions incorporating biodiversity into the new framework of global development. This event, parallel to COP 13, will be held from December 9 to 11.

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