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Press Release
#100923
2014-09-12

International Plant Protection Convention Joins Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-related Conventions

The Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has become the seventh member of the Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG), which includes the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Ani ...

Press Release
#100779
2014-09-08

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014

Tokyo and Montreal, 8 September 2014 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014 have been announced today in Tokyo, Japan and Montreal, Canada. The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on ...

Press Release
#100188
2014-07-25

Essential role of biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development recognised in Sustainable Development Goals

Biological diversity and ecosystems featured prominently in the proposal of a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly agreed by acclamation to forward to the General Ass ...

Press Release
#100047
2014-07-14

Governments fulfil their commitment: Access and benefit-sharing treaty receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#99903
2014-06-28

Governments review science base for achievement of global biodiversity targets

Governments finished a week of deliberations on scientific issues that will inform future national efforts under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Press Release
#99791
2014-06-20

Governments recommend actions for enhancing implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) wrapped up a weeklong meeting on implementation with recommendations on, among others, resource mobilization, technical and scientific cooperation, poverty eradication and sustainable development, enhancements to the structures and processe ...

Press Release
#99404
2014-05-30

Guiana Shield Action Plan to Facilitate Biodiversity Corridors, Achieve Aichi Targets

To avoid landscape fragmentation and loss of species and habitats for biodiversity, participants to a three-day workshop in Kurupukari, Guyana, have agreed on a Regional Action Plan related to biological corridors, connectivity conservation and trans-boundary conservation within the Guiana Shiel ...

Press Release
#99245
2014-05-22

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Islands lead the way, including ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated under the theme of Island Biodiversity, islands are taking action to effectively conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable livelihoods. These actions, or “Bright Spots,” point the way towards sustainable development for island ec ...

Press Release
#98863
2014-05-01

Four new ratifications edge landmark genetic resources treaty closer to entering into force

With four new ratifications in the last week, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has received 66% of the necessary ratifications, with only 17 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Ratif ...

Press Release
#98643
2014-04-22

Donors replenish Global Environmental Facility, but large funding gap for biodiversity remains

US$ 4.43 billion has been pledged by 30 donor countries for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries' efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment.

Press Release
#98471
2014-04-10

Countries report on progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

In preparation of a major international biodiversity conference in October 2014, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently submitting their fifth national reports that will enable a global assessment of progress made towards the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed by ...

Press Release
#98418
2014-04-08

2014 UEBT Biodiversity Barometer report says consumers expect companies to respect biodiversity

While 87% of consumers surveyed worldwide want companies to adopt sourcing policies that respect biodiversity, only 27% of the top 100 beauty and personal care companies actually mention biodiversity on their websites or in their corporate sociability reports, according to the newly launched 201 ...

Press Release
#97912
2014-03-07

Iraq to become 167th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 7 March 2014 – Iraq deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 3 March 2014 and will become the 167th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on 1 June 2014.

Press Release
#97915
2014-03-07

South Sudan becomes 194th Party to Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 7 March 2014 – South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 17 February 2014, thus becoming the 194th Party to the global treaty on biodiversity and sustainable development. With this accession, the CBD will enter into force for S ...

Press Release
#97816
2014-02-28

Governments complete preparations for the entry into force of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Governments have established firm foundations for the operation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources, contributing to the momentum towards entry into force and setting the agenda for the first meeting of its governing body, expected to take place in October 2014.

Press Release
#97818
2014-02-28

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014

Bringing international recognition and a substantial monetary prize to three outstanding individuals, nominations are now invited for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014. The call for nominations remains open from 1 March to 31 May 2014.

Press Release
#97746
2014-02-24

Nagoya Protocol meeting prepares for entry into force of ground-breaking treaty on genetic resources

Governments meet in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea this week for discussions which will finalise preparations for the first meeting of the governing body of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization – the Conf ...

Press Release
#97364
2014-01-31

Three new ratifications edge landmark treaty on genetic resources towards entry into force

Three new ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization provide significant momentum towards its entry into force. The recent ratifications by Benin, Burkina Faso and Myanmar bring the total numbe ...

Press Release
#97201
2013-12-20

Landmark treaty on genetic resources surpasses halfway mark to entry into force

With a new ratification, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization is ending the year with another step toward entry into force. The recent ratification by Egypt brings to 26 the total number of ratifications ...

Press Release
#96781
2013-12-17

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress reaches the halfway mark to entry into force with ratification by Hungary

The Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reached the halfway mark to entry into force after Hungary deposited the 20th instrument of ratification on 9 December 2013.

Press Release
#96556
2013-12-02

CBD Secretariat welcomes Warsaw Framework for REDD+ and $280 million pledge to support REDD+ activities

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has welcomed the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ for its potential to contribute both to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

Press Release
#96538
2013-11-29

World Public Health Nutrition Association declared Biodiversity Champion

The World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) has been declared a Biodiversity Champion by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in recognition of its important contribution to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Press Release
#96352
2013-11-13

LifeWeb launches Zero Extinction Campaign to combat species extinctions

To focus attention on the global extinction crises and advance implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the LifeWeb initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching the Zero Extinction Campaign.

Press Release
#96294
2013-11-11

The Convention on Biological Diversity declares Natural Capital Declaration a Biodiversity Champion

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) has been declared a Biodiversity Champion by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in recognition of its important contribution to the implementation of the Convention’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 - 2020.

Press Release
#96165
2013-10-31

Austria provides over 2 million dollars in support of the CBD LifeWeb Initiative

The Government of Austria has approved a funding package worth US$2.2 million through the LifeWeb Initiative to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in four countries.

Press Release
#95937
2013-10-12

Biodiversity meeting affirms key role of traditional knowledge in implementing UN biodiversity convention

Montreal, 12 October 2013 – Governments and indigenous and local communities at the Eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, held in Montreal, Canada, have reaffirmed the need to recognize and integrate traditional knowledge systems of indigen ...

Press Release
#95835
2013-10-04

New Global Assessment: Maintaining rich biodiversity in and around cities is possible and can greatly improve global sustainable development

Increasing urbanization over the next decades presents not only unprecedented challenges for humanity, but also opportunities to curb climate change, reduce water scarcity and improve food security, according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and bi ...

Press Release
#95789
2013-10-01

Landmark treaty on genetic resources reaches halfway mark to entry into force

With five new ratifications, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has taken a big step towards entry into force.

Press Release
#95740
2013-09-27

In Windhoek, World Builds Synergies for Sustainable Land Management, Biodiversity Protection and Climate Change - Rio Conventions Pavilion a success at UNCCD COP 11

Windhoek, Namibia 27 September 2013. Over 2000 delegates attending UNCCD’s COP11 came to the Rio Conventions Pavilion and joined in the conversation on synergistic approaches to achieving a land-degradation neutral world and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

Press Release
#95517
2013-09-12

Germany and Cambodia ratify/accede to the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 12 September 2013 – Germany and Cambodia, on 27 and 30 August 2013 respectively, became the most recent countries to ratify/accede to the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Thus 16 Parties to the Cartagena Proto ...

Press Release
#95480
2013-09-10

International treaty on biosafety marks its tenth anniversary

Montreal, 10 September 2013 – Under the theme, 10 Years of Promoting Safety in the Use of Biotechnology, the international community is marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across national ...

Press Release
#95421
2013-09-05

Honduras and Tajikistan ratify Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 5 September 2013 – Honduras and Tajikistan became the most recent countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#95122
2013-08-14

Caribbean States become Biodiversity Champions - Second phase of Caribbean Challenge Initiative launched

Montreal, 14 August 2013 – To further accelerate marine and coastal conservation action in the region and establish more sustainable business practices, eight Caribbean governments, together with several business partners, have assumed the mantle of Biodiversity Champions and made significant fi ...

Press Release
#95110
2013-08-13

Bridging agriculture and conservation to reduce our ecological footprint - New initiative promotes implementation of Strategic Plan and Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 13 August 2013 – Reaffirming the critical importance of sustainable agriculture, an alliance of sixteen global agriculture and conservation leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013 to launch a new initiative aimed at bridging the agriculture and conservation agenda ...

Press Release
#94140
2013-06-06

Comoros, Mongolia and the Syrian Arab Republic ratify Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 6 June 2013 – Comoros, Mongolia and the Syrian Arab Republic became the most recent countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#93946
2013-05-27

From words to action – key organizations team up to stop the extinction crisis

Gland, Switzerland, 28 May 2013 – With unprecedented species declines and more than 20,000 of the species assessed on The IUCN Red List threatened with extinction, IUCN and other organizations come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent further species loss.

Press Release
#93338
2013-04-19

New report highlights growing biodiversity awareness worldwide - UEBT launches 2013 Biodiversity Barometer

Paris/Montreal, 19 April 2013 – 75% of consumers surveyed worldwide are aware of biodiversity, while 48% can give a correct definition of the term biodiversity. These are some of the findings contained in the 2013 Biodiversity Barometer report launched today in Paris by the Union for Ethical Bio ...

Press Release
#92999
2013-03-26

European Union approves Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 26 March 2013 – The European Union deposited, on 21 March 2013 its instrument of approval of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#92556
2013-03-01

Informal meeting on implementation of Articles 19 and 20 of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 1 March 2013 – An informal meeting for government experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss model contractual clauses, voluntary codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices and/or standards, as set out in Articles 19 and 20 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources a ...

Press Release
#92537
2013-02-28

Albania, Botswana and the Federated States of Micronesia ratify Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 28 February 2013 – Albania, Botswana and the Federated States of Micronesia have become the 13th 14th and 15th countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biolo ...

Press Release
#92296
2013-02-18

Maldives responds to Hyderabad Call for Biodiversity Champions: Entire country to become UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by 2017

Montreal, 18 February 2013 – In response to the call for champions in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Republic of Maldives has pledged to become the first nation where the entire country and its Exclusive Economic Zone will be a Biosphere Reserve.

Press Release
#92188
2013-02-13

Lebanon to become 165th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 13February 2013 – Lebanon deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 6 February 2013 and will become the 165th Party to the Protocol on 7 May 2013.

Press Release
#92072
2013-02-07

Biodiversity at the centre of sustainable development: CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, briefs UN Secretary-General, senior UN officials

Montreal, 7 February 2013 – In a working visit to United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 16 January 2013, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias briefed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the major outcomes of the eleventh meeting ...

Press Release
#91933
2013-01-28

South Africa 12th state to ratify Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 28 January 2013 – South Africa has become the 12th country, and the first in 2013, to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#91866
2013-01-22

Ireland 10th state to ratify the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 22 January 2013 – Ireland has become the 10th country to ratify the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Ireland deposited its instrument of ratification on 14 January 2013, making it the first country to ratify t ...

Press Release
#91673
2012-12-21

Panama and Mauritius 10th and 11th states to ratify Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 21 December 2012 – Panama and Mauritius have become the 10th and 11th countries respectively to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#91688
2012-12-21

United Nations General Assembly resolutions highlight contribution of the Convention on Biological Diversity for oceans agenda and implementation of Rio + 20 outcomes

Montreal 21 December 2012. The 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly has recognized the importance of recent decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including those dealing with implementation of the global oceans agen ...

Press Release
#91219
2012-11-20

Ethiopia and Fiji ratify international treaty on use of genetic resources

Montreal, 20 November 2012 – Fiji and Ethiopia have become the 8th and 9th Parties to the CBD respectively to deposit their instruments of ratification for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Conv ...

Press Release
#90843
2012-10-20

At United Nations Biodiversity Conference, countries agree to double resources for biodiversity protection by 2015 - Special attention for biodiversity-rich marine areas among other key outcomes.

Hyderabad, India 20 October 2012 -The world’s governments have agreed to increase funding in support of actions to halt the rate of loss of biodiversity at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which ended today.

Press Release
#90669
2012-10-15

Biodiversity Conservation can Improve Human Health in World’s Growing Cities, says UN assessment

Hyderabad (India), 15 October 2012 – Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity ( ...

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