22nd Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols
7 December - 10 December 2021
COP 22 will offer an inclusive platform for renewed commitment in the Mediterranean and send a clear signal that the UNEP/MAP system is ready to act effectively and in a timely manner to support the region in building back greener with strong environmental objectives.
Highlights from the COP 22 agenda:
- an ambitious UNEP/MAP Medium-term Strategy (MTS) for 2022-2027 aiming at providing effective and integrated responses to tackle the global triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution in the Mediterranean with a view to contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean.
- the post-2020 Strategic Action Programme for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (Post-2020 SAPBIO): an integrated blueprint for biodiversity conservation that considers the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and focuses attention and efforts on priorities outlined through regional consultations as part of an inclusive process driven by UNEP/MAP and guided by science.
- the possible designation of the Mediterranean Sea as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides (MED SOx ECA) pursuant to IMO MARPOL Annex VI.
- bold action and measures to effectively combat pollution and marine litter through a set of new or updated legally binding measures and timetables for their implementation, the Regional Strategy on pollution from ships (2022-2031), the Ballast Water Management Strategy (2022-2027) and technical guidance documents.
- the promotion of the circular economy, including through support to green and circular businesses.
- the Antalya Ministerial Declaration.
This description was excerpted from unep.org.