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Press Release
#101942
2014-11-20

Compendium on Protected Area Governance and Management launched at 6th World Parks Congress

Montreal/Sydney, 20 November 2014 – A new compendium providing the latest and best professional information needed for protected area practitioner capacity development was released this week in the margins of the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress.

Press Release
#101979
2014-11-15

SPREP and CBD Strengthen Commitments to Biodiversity Conservation in the Pacific

Sydney, 15 November 2014 - The signing of an agreement over the weekend between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was a fitting culmination to the Pacific Islands Dialogue to prepare for Pacif ...

Press Release
#101566
2014-10-21

Sustainable wildlife management essential for protecting biodiversity

Montreal, 21 October 2014 – Recognizing that wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, have passed a ...

Press Release
#101479
2014-10-17

Countries adopt measures to strengthen and support implementation at first meeting of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Governments have agreed to a series of actions that will further bolster the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, facilitate its effective implementation, and ensure that countries have the necessary resources to take the next steps to implement the treaty, which entered into force ear ...

Press Release
#101483
2014-10-17

Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

Press Release
#101454
2014-10-16

Korea launches forest initiative to help countries achieve global biodiversity goals

Montreal/Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014 – To assist countries in achieving the globally-agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) on 14 October 2014, in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties ...

Press Release
#101477
2014-10-16

Convention on Biological Diversity joins the world community in celebrating World Food Day

16 October, 2014, Pyeongchang - Smallholder farmers throughout the world play a key role in maintaining natural resources through the use of sustainable practices, and can significantly contribute the conservation of biodiversity, the Convention on Biological Diversity stressed today, in a join ...

Press Release
#101478
2014-10-16

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Launches Initiative on Global Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production

Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014. Understanding that the impacts of agricultural commodity production on biodiversity are immense and that food commodity production has the largest environmental impact of any human activity, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity launched the Ini ...

Press Release
#101451
2014-10-15

Renewing Partnership between the International Tropical Timber Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Pyeongchang, 15 October 2014 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) renewed an agreement today to continue to closely collaborate over the coming six years. The first Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2010 ...

Press Release
#101449
2014-10-13

UN treaty bodies renew partnership to save tropical forests’ rich treasure of biological resources

Pyeongchang, 13 October 2014 – The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – the United Nations treaty-based organization uniquely focused on tropical forests – and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) renewed a partnership agreement to enhance biodiversity c ...

Press Release
#101388
2014-10-12

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge comes into effect today

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) enters into force today, providing the world with a mechanism to ensure that access to and the sharing of the benefits from the us ...

Press Release
#101361
2014-10-10

UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species - Guidance targets pets, terrarium and aquarium species and live bait

PyeongChang/Montreal, 10 October 2014 – The Convention on Biological Diversity today adopted new guidance to tackle the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food.

Press Release
#101234
2014-10-06

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 calls for bold and accelerated action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity

Press Release
#101238
2014-10-06

Press Release: Governments meet in Republic of Korea to assess progress in implementing global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

Under the theme, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” thousands of representatives of governments, NGOs, indigenous peoples, scientists and the private sector gathered in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological ...

Press Release
#101209
2014-10-03

UN meeting agrees decisions to advance the implementation of the International Agreement on the safe use of living modified organisms

Governments attending a United Nations meeting on the safe use of living modified organisms have agreed on various actions to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Press Release
#101117
2014-09-29

UN Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms Opens in Korea

Pyeongchang / Montreal, 29 September 2014. The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (or COP-MOP 7) opened today at the Alpensia Convention Center in Pyeongchang, Rep ...

Press Release
#101093
2014-09-26

Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms - First of three major United Nations meetings opens Monday

Pyeongchang/Montreal, 26 September 2014 – On Monday, delegates from around the world will convene for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7).

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 ...

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