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International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May

Introduction

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

What's New

21 May 2013
Message of the UN Secretary-General on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2013. More »
13 May 2013
Get ready to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May. The logo, booklet and messages for the day are available for use in the celebrations by Parties and organizations. More »
22 May 2012
Statement by Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2012, Hotel GRT, Chennai, India. More »

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  • United Nations Environment Programme