CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: The second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity met in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 6-17 November 1995. Some of the key decisions taken by COP-2 include: designation of the permanent location of the Secretariat in Montreal, Canada; agreement to develop a protocol on biosafety; operation of the clearing-house mechanism; adoption of a programme of work to be funded by a larger budget; designation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as the continuing interim institutional structure for the financial mechanism; consideration of its first substantive issue, marine and coastal biodiversity; and agreement to address forests and biodiversity, including the development of a statement from the COP to the IPF. For more information, see Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 9 No. 39.