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Press Release
#6219
1999-09-15

Negotiations to seek resumption of Biosafety talks

The world's governments will hold informal talks here from 15 to 19 September in an effort to build political momentum for the conclusion of a legally-binding agreement on reducing any potential risks resulting from the transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs)

Press Release
#6220
2000-03-27

How to protect traditional knowledge while promoting its wider use?

Experts to recommend modalities for how to preserve and apply the knowledge of indigenous and local communities in the implementation process of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Press Release
#6221
2000-04-13

The destruction of global biodiversity: A closer look at the COP 5 agenda

The 177 member governments of the Convention on Biological Diversity will meet at the Nairobi headquarters of the <a ref="http://www.unep.org">United Nations Environment Programme</a> from 15 - 26 May to promote a more sustainable relationship between humanity and the Earth's dwindling biologi ...

Press Release
#6222
2000-12-01

Biosafety meeting to help governments reduce GMO risks

Montpellier, France, December 2000 – With the debate over genetically-modified foods continuing to make headlines around the world, officials from the 177 member governments of the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montpellier from 11 – 15 December to discuss practical steps for ...

Press Release
#6223
2001-03-09

Governments seek strategies for battling invasive alien species

Montreal, 9 March 2001 – Officials from the 180 member governments of the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montreal from 12 – 16 March to examine how best to detect, eradicate, and control species that cross the oceans and other barriers to colonize new regions where they then t ...

Press Release
#6224
2001-05-22

UN celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity by highlighting threat of invasive alien species

Montreal/Nairobi, 22 May 2001 – The world’s rich and irreplaceable biological heritage is under attack on many fronts, from land clearance, over-hunting and over-harvesting, pollution – and the spread of invasive alien species

Press Release
#6225
2001-11-08

Concrete actions to preserve world’s forest ecosystems should be accelerated

Montreal, 8 November 2001 – Experts from the 182 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montreal from 12 to 16 November to assess the threats facing the world’s forests and to identify practical solutions

Press Release
#6227
2002-01-30

Biodiversity meeting seeks ways to preserve traditional knowledge

Montreal, 30 January 2002 – Hundreds of delegates from the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 182 Parties, other Governments, indigenous and local community organizations and various institutions are gathering in Montreal from 4 to 8 February to explore how indigenous and local communities kno ...

Press Release
#6226
2002-03-01

Major UN biodiversity conference convenes in The Hague<br>Forests, genetic resources and invasive alien species top the agenda

The Hague, March 2002 – Ministers, senior officials and experts from 182 Governments plus the European Union are meeting here from 7 to 19 April to strengthen global cooperation on managing the Earth’s biological resources

Press Release
#6229
2002-03-03

Mountain biodiversity gets world’s attention

Montreal, 3 March 2003 – Specialists and officials from the 187 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montreal from 10 to 14 March to assess the current status of mountain biological diversity, as well as the human pressures on mountain ecosystems

Press Release
#6230
2002-04-01

Governments to advance work on Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Hague, April 2002 – With the legally-binding Protocol on Biosafety gaining momentum towards its entry into force, delegates from over 160 governments as well as non-governmental, inter-governmental and indigenous and private sector organizations will meet here for continuing discussions from ...

Press Release
#6228
2002-04-19

First-ever global guidelines adopted on genetic resources Biodiversity conference also acts on forests and invasive species

The Hague, 19 April 2002 – Ministers leave The Hague today after charting a course for global action on biological diversity through the end of the decade. In addition to this strategic plan, the two-week meeting on the Convention on Biological Diversity is to adopt detailed guidelines on access ...

Press Release
#6234
2002-04-19

First-ever global guidelines adopted on genetic resources Biodiversity conference also acts on forests and invasive species

The Hague, 19 April 2002 – Ministers leave The Hague today after charting a course for global action on biological diversity through the end of the decade. In addition to this strategic plan, the two-week meeting on the Convention on Biological Diversity is to adopt detailed guidelines on access ...

Press Release
#6231
2002-05-22

International Day for Biological Diversity Dedicated to Forest Biodiversity

Montreal, 22 May 2002 – The United Nations is celebrating the 2002 International Day for Biological Diversity today by highlighting the importance of forest biodiversity to the global environment and to human well-being.

Press Release
#6232
2002-08-15

Integrating biodiversity with impact assessment

Montreal, 15 August 2002 – In an informal ceremony held today, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Hamdallah Zedan, and the President of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), Peter Leonard, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to integrate ...

Press Release
#6233
2002-08-30

Biodiversity, climate, and desertification regimes strengthened by new parties and funding opportunities

Johannesburg, 30 August 2002 – As delegates in Johannesburg work towards broad agreements on poverty alleviation and sustainable development, three issue-specific treaties that contribute to these goals – the conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification – continue to a ...

Press Release
#6235
2003-05-21

2010 - The Global Biodiversity Challenge

London 21 May 2003 – More than 150 biodiversity experts from around the world are gathered in London, UK for a three day global meeting on the internationally agreed target of significantly reducing the current rates of biodiversity loss by the year 2010. The meeting brings together Government e ...

Press Release
#6236
2003-05-22

International Day for Biological Diversity<br>Biodiversity and poverty alleviation – challenges for sustainable development

Montreal, 22 May 2003 – On the occasion of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is reminding the world that, “Biological diversity is essential for human existence and has a crucial role to play in sustainable development and the era ...

Press Release
#6247
2003-05-22

Annan calls for preservation of world's biodiversity

22 May - Calling biodiversity "an essential heritage for all humankind", United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to governments and the entire international community to preserve the planet's diverse ecology "on which all life depends"

Press Release
#6248
2003-05-22

The Secretary General of the United Nations<br>Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity is a widely under-appreciated resource that is essential for human existence and has a crucial role to play in sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. Biodiversity provides millions of people with livelihoods, helps to ensure food security, and is a rich sou ...

Press Release
#6237
2003-06-13

Countdown begins for entry into force of Biosafety Protocol<br>Republic of Palau becomes the 50th country to ratify

Montreal, June 13 2003 –Ratification today by Palau triggers the countdown to the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms across national borders. It will take effect on 11 Sept ...

Press Release
#6238
2003-08-01

Building pertnerships through effective networking<br>Largest event-ever biodiversity information meeting to develop blueprint for technical and scientific exchange

More than eighty stakeholders and biodiversity information experts from the Americas will attend the joint meeting of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) and the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancun, Mexico, August 12-14 ...

Press Release
#6239
2003-09-09

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety takes effect

Montreal, September 9, 2003 – The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the transboundary movement of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology enters into force on Thursday, 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#6250
2003-09-09

Entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Press Kit

Dr. Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Honourable Rejoyce Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism for South Africa, and Mr. Juan Mayr, the former Colombian Minister ...

Press Release
#6241
2003-09-11

GEF Funds Support Use of Protected Areas to Conserve Nature and Promote Sustainable Livelihoods

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2003 – This week, the future of protected areas—areas of land or sea that are dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity and cultural treasures—is being shaped as hundreds of scientists and government officials gather in Durban, South Afri ...

Press Release
#6242
2003-09-11

WRI Welcomes New Treaty Governing Living Modified Organisms

WASHINGTON, DC, September 9, 2003 – The World Resources Institute (WRI) welcomes the coming into force of the first legally-binding international treaty governing shipments of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology

Press Release
#6243
2003-09-23

GEF Grants Support Protection of Forest Ecosystems in Developing Countries

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2003 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided more than $777 million dollars in grants for nearly 150 environmental projects to promote the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems. The topic of forest conservation is on the agenda ...

Press Release
#6244
2003-10-08

Message of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the International Wildland Fire Summit

CBD Statement to the International Wildland Fire Summit, Sydney, Australia, 8 October, 2003 Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD, congratulates the organizers of the Summit, stating: "as the effects of uncontrolled fires are likely to transcend political boundaries, international and ...

Press Release
#6240
2003-10-09

UN Convention on Desertification Designates GEF as a Source of Funding for Projects in Developing Countries

Havana, Cuba, September 5, 2003 – The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has designated the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a financial mechanism to assist developing countries in implementing the Convention. The decision was made by more than 100 countries attendi ...

Press Release
#6245
2003-10-16

Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

The statement delivered by Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD, to the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (Economic and Financial), reviews the activities of the CBD over the past year and summarizes the challenges that the Convention faces in the years to come. A press rele ...

Press Release
#6246
2003-10-17

Statement by the honourable Lee Kah Choon, representative of Malaysia

Environment and sustainable development: Convention on Biological Diversity

Press Release
#6249
2003-11-09

Protected Areas and Technology Transfer focus of Biodiversity Meeting

The ninth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-9) meeting in Montreal, 10-14 November, 2003. More than 500 delegates will review progress in implementation of the CBD's extensive work programmes and cross-cutting issues, and consider proposals f ...

Press Release
#6390
2003-12-03

United Nations meeting showcases the importance of preservation of traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities

Montreal, December 3, 2003 - On the morning of 8 December, a traditional Mohawk ceremony will signal the opening of the Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working group on Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will bring together more than 300 delegates representing g ...

Press Release
#6662
2004-01-19

Launch of the COP-7 Electronic Press Room

MONTREAL— From February 9 to 20, 2004, some 2,000 world experts on biodiversity and sustainable development will converge on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity.<p> To help journalists and the public s ...

Press Release
#6765
2004-02-07

Opening of the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological diversity (COP 7)

<b>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia</b> - On Monday February 9 2004, over 2,000 delegates from around the world, including cabinet ministers, world-renowned scientists and broad representation from NGOs and community organizations, will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the seventh meeting of the Conf ...

Press Release
#6820
2004-02-11

Follow the latest COP-7 developments on the Internet

Over 2 000 world experts on biodiversity and sustainable development are gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. <p>Journalists and members of the public can stay abreast of all the development ...

Press Release
#6833
2004-02-15

The Governing Body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Holds its First Meeting

<p>Montreal, 15 February 2004 – More than 1000 delegates representing governments and relevant organizations will convene in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur, from 23-27 February 2004, for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena ...

Press Release
#6841
2004-02-16

The Science and Development Network (SciDev.net) releases a new online guide to the science and politics of biodiversity

A new dossier on the SciDev.Net website <a href=http://www.scidev.net/biodiversity>(www.scidev.net/biodiversity)</a> explores how concerns over biodiversity can be reconciled with the needs of the developing world and provides an authoritative guide to this debate, packed with news, features, li ...

Press Release
#6988
2004-02-20

Conclusion of the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties

At the conclusion of the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-7), the 187 member states, with the European Community, agreed on a more quantative approach to reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Another import ...

Press Release
#6994
2004-02-21

Media Advisory - Launch of the book: "The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A Record of the Negotiations" and the Opening Press Conference of COP MOP 1

A new book entitled: The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A record of the Negotiations , published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be launched on Monday, February 23, the opening day of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of ...

Press Release
#7042
2004-02-27

Biosafety Protocol now operational as governments agree documentation rules for GMO trade

Kuala Lumpur, 27 February 2004 - The 87 member states of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which entered into force in September 2003, have adopted documentation requirements and other procedures for promoting the safety of international trade in living (or genetically) modified organisms (kn ...

Press Release
#7429
2004-06-10

The Gambia Becomes the 100th State to Ratify the Biosafety Protocol

Ratification of the Biosafety Protocol by The Gambia comes one year after the Republic of Palau became the 50th State to ratify on 13 June 2003, which triggered the countdown to the entry into force 90 days later, on 11 September 2003. Full text of the Press Release available here

Press Release
#8407
2004-11-16

SCBD congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

SCBD joins the rest of the world in congratulating professor Maathai.

Press Release
#8408
2004-11-16

SCBD commemorates FAO's World Food Day 2004 - "Biodiversity for Food Security".

Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan welcomes the initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to dedicate World Food Day 2004 to the theme of "biodiversity for food security.”

Press Release
#8409
2004-11-16

Inter-Parliamentary Union unanimously adopts a resolution affirming the role of parliaments in preserving biological diversity.

In its 111th session the Interparliamentary Union unanimously adopted a resolution that affirmed the role of parliaments in preserving biological diversity, focusing on a number of key areas of the work of the CBD

Press Release
#8412
2004-11-17

CBD joins IUCN and partners in presenting a short film on biodiversity

To mark the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Forum in Bangkok Thailand, 18 November 2004, with the support of IUCN, CBD, Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development; Shell Foundation; The Global Environment Facility; and UNESCO World Heritage Centre, a short film urging all to act for the c ...

Press Release
#8847
2005-01-24

International community needs to communicate impacts of biodiversity loss and build capacity to reach 2010 biodiversity target

Through cooperation and effective communication, the international community can overcome the public’s limited understanding of the overall status of biodiversity, take decisive actions and achieve tangible results to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the fair and e ...

Press Release
#8996
2005-01-31

Convention on Biological Diversity to discuss island biodiversity, 2010 biodiversity target and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will hold its tenth meeting from 7 to 11 February 2005 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, with generous support from the government of Thailand.

Press Release
#9017
2005-02-01

Negotiations begin on international regime for access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing

Representatives from the 188 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will start negotiating a global regime on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing at a one-week meeting in Bangkok from 14 to 18 February.

Press Release
#9087
2005-02-04

Workshop will discuss biodiversity and natural disasters: Healthy ecosystems minimize damage resulting from natural disasters such as tsunamis

Healthy ecosystems are more resilient in the face of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis. Careful attention to their rehabilitation can save both lives and property, says a series of papers to be presented at a workshop on 8 February 2005 entitled: Biodiversity and Natural Disast ...

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