The second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-2) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open Monday, 2 September and continue until Friday at the Palais des Congres, Montreal. The meeting will assess the factual information governments will need for making policy decisions at the third annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-3) in Buenos Aires from 4-15 November 1996. At the Opening Plenary of SBSTTA-2, delegations will deal with organizational matters including election of the Bureau, adoption of the Agenda and organization of work. The SBSTTA-2 Chair, Peter Johan Schei (Norway), was elected by COP-1. The meeting will convene two Open-Ended Working Groups.