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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
#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
#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
#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
#88922
2012-06-22

Rio + 20 outcome recognizes importance of biodiversity for sustainable development

Rio de Janeiro 22 June 2012. The nations of the world have recognized the crucial role of biodiversity in ensuring sustainable development in the outcome document of the Rio + 20 conference and called for greater efforts to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#87180
2012-04-12

New insights in biodiversity and sustainability awareness around the world: UEBT launches 2012 edition of its Biodiversity Barometer

Paris/Montreal, 12 April 2012 –The Union for Ethical Bio Trade (UEBT) launched the latest Biodiversity Barometer in Paris today.

Press Release
#85843
2012-02-15

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias assumes helm at Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 15 February 2012 – Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias today began his tenure as the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Secretariat’s offices in Montreal, Canada.

Press Release
#84992
2012-01-10

Biodiversity on top of the environmental agenda in the Arab region

Montreal, 10 January 2012– At the 23rd meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), held in Cairo, Egypt, from 21 to 22 December 2011, Ministers adopted the Report and the recommendations of the 12th Arab Working Group on Desertification and Biodiversity meet ...

Press Release
#82735
2011-10-11

Hyderabad ready to host the world biodiversity community

Montreal, 11 October 2011 –The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, paid a working visit to India from 5 to 8 October 2011 to discuss preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and its sixth meeting serving a ...

Press Release
#82782
2011-10-11

United Nations University launches Master of Science programme in Environmental Governance with specialization in Biodiversity

Montreal, 11 October 2011 – A Master of Science (MSc) programme in Environmental Governance which includes a specialization in Biodiversity was launched in Tokyo by the Institute of Applied Studies of the United Nations University (UNU-IAS).

Press Release
#80195
2011-06-28

Carpathian Convention signs Tourism Protocol based on CBD Guidelines, Ramsar Convention involved in similar effort

Montreal, 28 June 2011 – On 27 May 2011, the seven Parties to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine) signed a protocol on sustainable tourism in Bratislava, Slovakia, that ...

Press Release
#79541
2011-06-06

Arabic version of CBD website inaugurated as a contribution to achieving the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Arabic version of the website of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was launched today at the occasion of the opening of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair an ...

Press Release
#79552
2011-06-06

The President of Algeria donates to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011. The President of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has donated a work of art to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is the second Head of State to personally provide a gift to the Museum.

Press Release
#79586
2011-06-06

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity expands its offices in Montreal

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today officially announced that it is expanding its offices in the Montreal World Trade Centre. Located in Quebec’s metropolis since 1996, the United Nations organization is enhancing its capacity to meet the ...

Press Release
#78184
2011-04-07

The Biodiversity Family Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of the Historic Nagoya Biodiversity Summit: CBD Secretariat steps up to support disaster relief efforts in Japan

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and in line with the message of support from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the staff of the Montreal based Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) raised financial donations fo ...

Press Release
#77455
2011-03-10

La Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité bioloqique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal

Montréal, 10 mars 2011 - Le Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal comme un exemple d'initiatives de la part de parties prenantes qui contribuera à faire progresser à la fois la science et la sensibilisation du public.

Press Release
#77073
2011-02-21

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Finds Inspiring Commitment and Action for the Environment in Visit to Rwanda

Montreal, 21 February 2011. United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, Edward Norton, completed a three-day visit to Rwanda on Sunday, 20 February 2011. This was his first official country-visit since being appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010. He was accom ...

Press Release
#74685
2010-10-29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Awarded Special Biodiversity Prize

Nagoya, Japan, 28 October – German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the special MIDORI Prize for biodiversity in recognition for her special contribution to saving biodiversity during the International Year of Biodiversity. The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity was announced at an awards ceremony ...

Press Release
#74721
2010-10-29

A new era of living in harmony with Nature is born at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Nagoya, Japan 29 October 2010. Some 18,000 participants representing the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and their partners closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit by adopting historic decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented challe ...

Press Release
#74306
2010-10-18

The Aichi Nagoya Summit on Biodiversity: a new Biodiversity Strategy for the twenty-first century

Nagoya 18 October 2010. With land and marine ecosystems around the world under intense pressure from human activities, negotiators from around the world meet in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to shape and agree on a global strategy and instruments to protect biodiversity that would make the ...

Press Release
#74299
2010-10-16

World Community Adopts a new UN Treaty on Living Modified Organisms

Nagoya, 16 October 2010. At 6.15 p.m. Friday here in Japan, a new international treaty, “the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety”, was adopted at one of the largest intergovernmental meetings ever held on the safe use of m ...

Press Release
#74106
2010-10-06

Conservation community urges United States ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Whatever Happened to Biodiversity?

Montreal, 6 October 2010 – On 29 September 2010, Conservation International organized a briefing to United States Congressional staff on key new developments in the fight to protect the Earth’s biodiversity and on opportunities for the United States to re-engage internationally based on the lead ...

Press Release
#73864
2010-09-29

Building bridges for Biodiversity: Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture pays official visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 29 September 2010. As the world prepares for the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governor of Ishikawa prefecture, Masinori Tanimoto, accompanied by an important delegation, paid a visit to the Secretariat to prepare the clos ...

Press Release
#72994
2010-09-03

Ministerial forum calls for leadership for a new biodiversity vision for the twenty first century

Montreal, 3 September 2010 – Eleven ministers responsible for the environment, representing the former and upcoming presidencies of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), called upon world leaders to provide leadership in shaping and implementing a new bio ...

Press Release
#71399
2010-07-07

President-Elect of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly Visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 7 July 2010 – Mr. Joseph Deiss, President-elect of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, today paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to discuss preparations for the high-level event on biodiversity to be held in New York on ...

Press Release
#71262
2010-06-30

G8 Leaders Highlight Critical Importance of Biodiversity

Montreal, 30 June 2010 – At their annual summit, held on 25-26 June in Muskoka, Canada, leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) have again emphasized the critical importance of biodiversity to human well-being, sustainable development and poverty eradication, and highlighted the serious threat posed ...

Press Release
#70983
2010-06-17

The Logo of the Aichi Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in the Sky

Montreal, 17 June 2010 – In a show of support for biodiversity awareness and the upcoming tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in October this year, Japan Airlines (JAL) has added the logo of the ...

Press Release
#70413
2010-05-27

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Another Wake Up Call for Action

Montreal, 27 May 2010. The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) is further evidence of the need for urgent and collaborative action to preserve biodiversity in this fragile and vital region of our planet, recognized as an important barometer of the world’s environment.

Press Release
#70236
2010-05-21

An Enhanced Communication Tool for a New Biodiversity Era - The website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) enhanced to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity and the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 21 May 2010 – The new look and feel of the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be launched on 22 May 2010 to mark the annual celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#69201
2010-04-12

Ensuring Compliance of All Parties With Their Reporting Obligations on the Implementation of the 2010 Biodiversity Target

Manama, Bahrain, 12 April 2010-At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, world leaders agreed to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. The 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity decided to submit before March 2009 a national report on the implementat ...

Press Release
#68088
2010-03-01

United Nations Secretary-General Appoints the Japanese Singer MISIA as Honorary Ambassador for the 2010 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

Montreal, 1 March 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the Japanese female singer and songwriter, MISIA, as the Honorary Ambassador for the forthcoming tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will be held from 1 ...

Press Release
#67349
2010-02-02

Painting by Norwegian Artist Ørnulf Opdahl, the Latest Donation to the Museum of Nature and Culture

Montreal, 2 February 2010 – Addressing the 500 participants attending the sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway, stated that: “I have heard that many countries have provided gifts to the Museum, and now it is ...

Press Release
#66316
2009-12-15

TEEB Appoints the Executive Secretary to its Advisory Board

Copenhagen, 15 December 2009. On 27 November 2009, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), was appointed, with immediate effect, to serve on the Advisory Board of the initiative on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

Press Release
#65444
2009-11-19

Enhancing Preparations for the Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 19 November 2009 – A powerful delegation from Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 16-17 November to discuss substantive preparations for the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to ...

Press Release
#65027
2009-11-09

Aichi/Nagoya International E-Conference on the Post 2010 Biodiversity Target (ANIEC 2010)

Montreal 9 November 2009. Today, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) launched the Aichi/Nagoya International E-Conference on the Post 2010 Biodiversity Target (ANIEC 2010) to gather views from the broad and diverse groups of biodiversity stakeholders on actions that ...

Press Release
#64764
2009-10-31

India Offers to Host the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012

Montreal, 31 October 2009. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity today welcomed the offer of the Government of India to host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP-11) in 2012.

Press Release
#64145
2009-10-16

Somalia to Become the 193rd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity and will become the 193rd Party to the Convention as of 10 December 2009. As a major biodiversity hotspot in the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s accession is a major ...

Press Release
#62133
2009-08-13

Iraq becomes the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

On 28 July 2009, Iraq deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and will become the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 26 October 2009.

Press Release
#61149
2009-07-10

Biodiversity Challenges and Reponses on the Agenda of the G8 Summit of L’Aquila, Italy

From 8-10 July 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy, Leaders of the G8 endorsed a biodiversity action plan that includes support for completing the negotiation on Access and Benefit Sharing, post-2010 actions and on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Press Release
#61180
2009-07-10

Visit of the representative of the incoming President of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity had the privilege to welcome on 9-10 July 2010 Mr. Masayoshi Mizuno, Director of the Global Environment Division of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Release
#59722
2009-05-22

The Green Wave for Biodiversity

On 22 May 2008, a ripple was started that’s turning into a wave around the world. The Green Wave for biodiversity.

Press Release
#59555
2009-05-15

Visit to the Secretariat by Norwegian Delegation

Montreal, 15 May 2009. A delegation from Norway visited the Secretariat on 14-15 May 2009 to discuss a range of issues, including, in particular, preparations for the sixth Trondheim Conference on biological diversity, which will be held in February next year and will coincide with the Internat ...

Press Release
#59084
2009-04-23

Biodiversity elevated to the top of the G8 environmental dialogue

In concluding their meeting held in Syracuse, Italy, from 22 to24 April 2009, the G8 Ministers of the Environment with eleven of their partners adopted, at the initiative of the host country, the “Carta di Siracusa” on Biodiversity.

Press Release
#58370
2009-03-27

Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 27 March 2009 – Following the convening of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the regional preparatory committee on the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division of th ...

Press Release
#55162
2008-12-17

Visit to the Secretariat of a Delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Montreal 17 December 2008 – A high-level delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 16 December 2008 to discuss preparations for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, including closing celebration ...

Press Release
#49419
2008-07-09

G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit — A Historic Contribution to Biodiversity

Montreal, 9 July 2008. On 9 July 2008, leaders of the G8 committed themselves to a ground-breaking plan for action to stem the loss of biodiversity. In the Declaration of the G8 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit that concluded today in Japan.

Press Release
#47833
2008-05-28

3 Heads of State, 87 Ministers to Open Biodiversity High Level Conference

Bonn, 27 May—The leaders of Germany, Canada and Palau, together with 87 ministers, will open high-level talks aimed at promoting the protection of the world’s biodiversity at the World Conference Center in Bonn tomorrow morning, 28 May, and continue at the Maritim Hotel through Friday, 30 May.

Press Release
#47882
2008-05-28

World Leaders redouble their Commitment to fulfil the Commitment of Heads of State and Government to substantially reduce the Rate of Loss of Biodiversity by 2010

Bonn 28 May 2008 – For the first time in the history of multilateral cooperation for the environment, world leaders reiterated their commitment to substantially reduce the loss of biodiversity within two years. Representatives of 191 Parties and more than 100 Ministers met at the ministerial se ...

Press Release
#47892
2008-05-28

Parliamentarians issue Declaration in Support of Biodiversity Action at Bonn Conference

Bonn, 28 May—Calling the present level of biodiversity loss “unprecedented”, parliamentarians attending the Bonn Biodiversity Conference issued a declaration yesterday expressing renewed resolve to ensure that they take the necessary legislative and administrative actions to implement programmes ...

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