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Press Release
#26091
2006-10-16

"Investing in the future: Investing in Biodiversity”. Head of International Biodiversity Convention lauds new Canadian biodiversity initiatives.

Montreal 16 October 2006. The head of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has welcomed the recently adopted Canadian national policy framework for the protection of biodiversity, as well as the launch of talks for the establishment of a major new national park in the Northwest ...

Press Release
#19694
2006-02-17

"You can count on Brazil to protect the biodiversity of our planet".

Speaking today in New York, where he was meeting with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, hailed the decision of the President of Brazil, H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to place 6.4 million hectares ...

Press Release
#88879
2012-06-21

20 years after their birth, three sister Rio Conventions reaffirm their collective responsibility for sustainable development

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 June 2012 – The heads of the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reaffirmed their determination to work to g ...

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
#65094
2009-11-10

2010 International Year of Biodiversity Website launched in Montreal

Montreal, 10 November 2009 - With only less than 53 days left before the start of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), the website for this unique event in the history of the United Nations was officially launched at a ceremony in Montreal, held with more than 500 participants repr ...

Press Release
#68470
2010-03-12

2010 Winners Announced for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award

Montreal, 12 March 2010 – To recognize excellence in the sustainable use of biodiversity in tourism operated in areas managed by indigenous and local communities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in collaboration with the leading sustainable travel web portal Planeta.com ...

Press Release
#84627
2011-12-19

2011-2020 United Nations Biodiversity Decade Launched in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Montreal, 19 December 2011 – A future of life in harmony with nature is possible, if the world takes action now. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) was launched in Kanazawa, Japan, on 17 December 2011, in a ceremony organized by the United Nations University, in collaboration with ...

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
#78923
2011-05-11

21 Parties Have Now Signed the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 11 May 2011 – Eight additional Parties today signed 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, bringing the total number of signatories to 21.

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
#72358
2010-08-09

500 Tunisian Schools to Join the Green Wave for Biodiversity

Montreal, 9 August 2010. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year commencing 12 August 2010 the International Year of Youth. The theme of the Year is “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The observance was proposed by the President of the Republic of Tunisia, H.E. Zine El Abidine ...

Press Release
#20701
2006-03-29

A Global Island Partnership launched by the President of Palau at the Curitiba Biodiversity Conference.

The President of Palau, the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada and Kiribati launched the “Global Island Partnership” aimed at enhancing marine and terrestrial protected areas as a major contribution of achieving the Heads of State commitment ...

Press Release
#72955
2010-08-31

A Goal for Biodiversity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Montreal, 31 August 2010 – With the support of the Global Environment Facility, the messages of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) were brought to an audience estimated at over 600,000 spectators watching live matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on giant screens in South Africa.

Press Release
#77377
2011-03-07

A New International Treaty to Address Damage that may Result from Living Modified Organisms Opens for Signature

Montreal, 7 March 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Th ...

Press Release
#76707
2011-02-02

A New Legal Instrument at the Service of Sustainable Development Opens for Signature

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization was opened for signature by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Addressing the opening ...

Press Release
#75090
2010-11-11

A Table from the Sea’s Edge - Artwork in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 11 November 2010 – During the historic United Nations summit on biodiversity recently concluded in Nagoya, Japan, an object that gained great attention from conference delegates was a large table and chairs crafted from driftwood. Created by British furniture-maker and artist Silas Bir ...

Press Release
#74127
2010-10-10

A United Nations Conference on the Safe Use of Modern Biotechnology Opens Tomorrow

Nagoya, 10 October, 2010 – A five-day meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, known as the “Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Protocol” (or COP-MOP) opens here Monday at the Nagoya Congress Centre. More than 4,000 delegates, includi ...

Press Release
#48003
2008-05-30

A new Universal Global Alliance for Biodiversity Protection established in Bonn

Bonn, 30 May 2008 –Representatives of 191 Parties and over 100 ministers have produced significant new measures to increase the network of protected areas and to negotiate an international set of rules on access to and sharing of the benefits of the rich genetic resources of the world. In so do ...

Press Release
#20846
2006-03-31

A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

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
#15064
2005-09-12

Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals requires the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity

Montreal 12 September 2005 – World leaders and representatives of civil society attending the Millennium Summit in New York this week must take action to conserve and use biological diversity sustainably, and distribute its benefits equitably if the world is to achieve the Millennium Development ...

Press Release
#43753
2008-02-11

Achieving the Johannesburg Biodiversity Target on Protected Areas

Rome - 11 February 2008. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened the second meeting of its Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2) today at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. The meeting will run from 1 ...

Press Release
#90609
2012-10-08

Action in support of Biodiversity urgently needed: UN Meeting on Biodiversity opens in Hyderabad India

Hyderabad, India 8 October 2012 - Representatives from over 170 countries today began deliberations in Hyderabad, India, on the way forward to protect the planet’s biodiversity.

Press Release
#32521
2007-05-07

Advisory Group for Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity Concludes Four Day Meeting in Montreal

The second meeting of the Advisory Group for Article 8(j) was held in Montreal from 30 April to 3 May 2007. The Group included 20 participants from indigenous and local communities from all over the world. Representatives of Brazil and Germany, in their capacity as Presidents of the eight and ...

Press Release
#47506
2008-05-16

Agreement reached to work towards a legally binding instrument on Liability and Redress with regard to GMOs

Bonn, 16 May 2008 - After four years of intensive negotiation, the 2,000 participants attending the Bonn Biosafety Meeting, the largest ever gathering on biosafety, agreed to work towards legally binding rules and procedures for liability and redress for potential damage caused from the tran ...

Press Release
#18653
2006-01-03

Ahmed Djoghlaf assumes duties as Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Calls for a global alliance to combat biodiversity loss.

Montreal, 3 January 2006 – Calling on the citizens of the world to join in the effort to preserve life on earth, a 52 year-old Algerian man with a passion for poetry and forest walks takes up the helm of the world’s key biological treaty today. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, appoin ...

Press Release
#82174
2011-09-20

Aichi biodiversity heads of agencies task force established with 27 global partners

Montreal, 21 September 2011 – At a signing ceremony organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with 27 of the largest international agencies, organizations and environmental conventions for implementation and achievement o ...

Press Release
#67093
2010-01-22

Aichi-Nagoya, the Host Region of the Next Conference of Parties, Celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 22 January 2010 – At the initiative of the United Nations General Assembly and with a view of engaging all stakeholders for protecting life on Earth, 2010 has been declared as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). To mark the International Year of Biodiversity, an opening event ...

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
#68596
2010-03-17

Airbus A380 Flies the Flag for the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 17 March 2010. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is showing support for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) by featuring the IYB logo on its largest passenger aircraft, the A380.

Press Release
#70134
2010-05-18

Alarming Global Survey on Children’s Perceptions of Nature

18 May 2010 – Daryl Hannah joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes at London Zoo yesterday to launch the results of an Airbus survey exploring children’s perceptions of nature. The actress and environmentalist announced the results of the ‘Airbus Bio-Index’ – a survey of more than 10,000 children and young p ...

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
#70816
2010-06-11

Alliance for Zero Extinction and the Convention on Biological Diversity Join Forces

Washington, D.C., 11 June, 2010 – Two of the world’s premier institutions promoting biodiversity conservation—the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a global alliance to prevent extinction of species, and the Convention on Biological Diversity and its 193 Parties—are entering into a partnership ...

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
#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
#80998
2011-08-01

Antigua and Barbuda becomes the first Caribbean island country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization

Montreal, 1 August 2011 – Antigua and Barbuda has become the forty-first signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing and the first Caribbean island country to signal its intent to ratify.

Press Release
#81190
2011-08-10

Antigua and Barbuda becomes twenty-sixth signatory to the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol

Montreal, 10 August 2011 – Yesterday, Antigua and Barbuda became the twenty-sixth Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the first small island developing State, to sign the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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
#83800
2011-11-16

Argentina becomes sixty-seventh signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Montreal, 16 November 2011 – Yesterday, 15 November 2011, Argentina became the sixty-seventh signatory of 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 (CBD).

Press Release
#81063
2011-08-03

Assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Convention gets under way

Montreal – 3 August 2011. The team of experts appointed to prepare an assessment of funding necessary and available for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity for the period July 2014 to June 2018 held its first meeting at the premises of the Convention Secretariat in Montr ...

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
#85907
2012-02-17

Atlantic seamount becomes the first case added to international repository of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas

Montreal, 17 February 2012 – The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) (available at http://ebsa.cbd.int).

Press Release
#85224
2012-01-23

Australia becomes 76th signatory of the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 23 January 2012– Australia became, on 20 January 2012, the seventy-sixth signatory of 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 (CBD).

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
#20547
2006-03-22

Avian Flu May Prove Big Threat to Biological Diversity.

Experts at Convention on Biological Diversity Meeting Call for More Action to Curb Rise in Infectious Diseases

Press Release
#85761
2012-02-13

Bahrain to become the 163rd Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 13 February 2012 – Bahrain deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 7 February 2012 and will become the 163rd Party to the Protocol on 7 May 2012.

Press Release
#81865
2011-09-08

Bangladesh becomes the forty-second signatory to the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 8 September 2011 – On 6 September 2011, Bangladesh became the forty-second Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to sign 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
#83346
2011-10-31

Benin becomes sixty-sixth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol and the thirty-sixth signatory of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 31 October 2011 – Benin, on 28 October 2011, became the sixty-sixth signatory of 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 and the thirty-sixth signatory of ...

Press Release
#78781
2011-05-05

Biodiversity Awareness Keeps Rising among Consumers and Business

Paris/Montreal 5 May 2011. Biodiversity awareness has risen again among consumers and business, according to the latest edition of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer launched in Paris today.

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).

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