The Norwegian Government was the host of the conference in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Within the Government the responibility for the conference was held by the The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. The conference was also supported by other national institutions.

The organizer of the conference was the Norwegian Environment Agency.