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Press Release
#28670
2007-01-15

Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, applauds the agreement between the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to conserve the “Heart of Borneo”

Montreal – 15 January 2007 The declaration by the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to officially endorse a historic agreement to conserve the “Heart of Borneo” demonstrates, according to Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB ...

Press Release
#28524
2007-01-10

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands raise the bar on cooperation between multilateral environment agreements

Montreal - 9 January 2007, Mr. Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), set ground-breaking standards for collaboration between multilateral environment agreements throu ...

Press Release
#27802
2006-12-01

GEF Leader Pledges Support for Biodiversity Convention - First visit of a Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 1 December 2006. Ms. Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 30 November 2006. Ms. Barbut’s visit was the first of her planned visi ...

Press Release
#27492
2006-11-24

Global Environmental Actors Present New Research on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) present their most recent publications on the linkages between climate change and biodiversity

Press Release
#27244
2006-11-20

India Donates Art to the CBD Museum of Nature and Culture; and Releases its Third National Report to the Convention

New Delhi, 20 November 2006 – Befitting his country’s unique and rich cultural and biological diversity, the Honourable Thiru A. Raja, Minister of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, presented a marble vase to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diver ...

Press Release
#27163
2006-11-16

Signature of Memorandum of Understanding between the Green Belt Movement and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Nairobi, 16 November 2006 – Professor Wangari Maathai, MP, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plant trees in Africa “to ensure that t ...

Press Release
#27024
2006-11-13

Framework for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity: Outcome of the Brainstorming Meeting– Montreal 6–8 November 2006

Montreal – 13 November 2006: The 24 experts who participated in the Brainstorming Meeting on South-South Cooperation (SSC) on Biodiversity in Montreal from 6-8 November 2006 laid the groundwork for a plan of action to enhance the capacity of developing countries.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b> ...

Press Release
#26915
2006-11-10

Professor Jeffrey Sachs and the Convention on Biological Diversity to collaborate on stemming biodiversity loss

Montreal – 10 November 2006: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, Director of the United Nations Millennium Project, and a Special Advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, yesterday paid a visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#26917
2006-11-10

Tunisia donates mosaic to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 10 November 2006 - In a gesture of support for a sustainable future, based on a respect for biological diversity and cultural diversity, the President of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has graciously donated a beautifully crafted mosaic reflecting the biological wealth of a ...

Press Release
#26725
2006-11-06

Brainstorming session on South-South cooperation and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Working together to protect life on Earth

Montreal – 6 November 2006 – Under the leadership of South Africa, the group of 131 developing countries, known as the Group of 77 and China, is launching the first initiative in the history of multilateral environmental agreements aimed at preparing a multi-year plan of action on South-South co ...

Press Release
#26493
2006-10-26

Head of international Biodiversity Convention applauds the Chinese initiative to celebrate 50th anniversary of establishment of its first protected area.

Montreal –25 October 2006. The organization of a national meeting in Beijing, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishment of its first protected area in 1956, is a manifestation of China’s commitment to conserve its amazing biodiversity and vibrant ecosystems, said Ahmed Djoghlaf, United ...

Press Release
#26363
2006-10-23

Farmers now guaranteed access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits as major crop gene banks are brought under international treaty.

Montreal 23 October 2006 – An agreement to bring the genebank collections of international agricultural research centres into the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources will help ensure that the world’s farmers have the resources to improve the sustainability of agricul ...

Press Release
#26199
2006-10-18

Executive Secretary Welcomes Opening of a Training and Education Centre for Marine Biodiversity in South-eastern China.

Montreal 16 October 2006. A major contribution to the infrastructure for public awareness and education for biodiversity conservation in China was welcomed by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf.

Press Release
#26089
2006-10-16

Convention nears universal coverage as Timor-Leste becomes newest member.

Montreal – 16 October 2006 - The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity on October 10 2006. The Convention will enter into force for Timor-Leste on 8 January 2007, making it the 189th Party to the Convention.<br><br><tab ...

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
#25231
2006-09-20

Protected area in Congo is a welcome step in protection of Biodiversity, achievement of 2010 Biodiversity Target and implementation of CBD Programme of work on protected areas.

Paris – 19 September 2006. The announcement by the Republic of Congo of the creation of two new protected areas spanning nearly one million hectares is a demonstration of Congo’s commitment to conserve its spectacular biodiversity and pristine ecosystems, said Ahmed Djoghlaf, the head of the Co ...

Press Release
#24018
2006-08-09

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Hails the Day Of the World’s Indigneous Peoples.

The yearly celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, on 9 August, 2006, is a unique occasion to assess the progressive steps taken by the international community towards effective recognition and enjoyment of the rights of indigenous peoples and towards greater unde ...

Press Release
#24218
2006-07-06

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Welcomes the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity has welcomed the recent adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council, of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “This is of great significance and will give added impetus to the implementation of ...

Press Release
#22811
2006-06-23

New Initiatives to Conserve and Protect Earth’s Agricultural Biodiversity for Future Generations.

Norway has launched the Svalbard International Seed Vault, which will act as a safety net in case seeds already stored in commercial gene banks are destroyed, or are decimated in a global catastrophe. Norway’s “Noah’s Ark” project aims to safeguard crop diversity by storing about 1.5 billion se ...

Press Release
#22756
2006-06-22

The President of the Tunisian Republic Announces a Donation to the “Museum on Nature and Culture” of the Convention on Life on Earth.

At their meeting in Tunis, on 20 June 2006, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, requested Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister of Tunisia, to convey his gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, President of the Tunis ...

Press Release
#22603
2006-06-19

The United States of America Designates the World’s Largest Marine Protected Area.

The decision by United States President George W. Bush to designate the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and surrounding waters and reefs as a national monument will establish the world’s largest marine protected area, representing an area the size of California. It will protect about 7,000 specie ...

Press Release
#22382
2006-06-09

The Convention on Biological Diversity Hails the Nomination of Ms. Monique Barbut to Head the Global Environment Facility.

The unanimous appointment by the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of Ms. Monique Barbut as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman is most timely.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr> <tr><td>French </td><td><a href="/doc/press/2006/pr-2006-06-09-gef-fr.pdf" ...

Press Release
#22125
2006-06-01

Heads of the World Trade Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity meet for the first time to discuss mutual supportiveness of the international trade and biodiversity regimes.

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), met on Monday, 29 May, at the Geneva headquarters of WTO to discuss how the international trade regime and the Convention on Biological Di ...

Press Release
#21963
2006-05-25

Major Canadian institutions pledge support for the Convention for Life on Earth.

In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, representatives of major Canadian universities and research institutions signed an agreement with the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to join forces in order to mobilize the scientific and tech ...

Press Release
#21930
2006-05-23

The Convention of Life on Earth recognizes Joke Waller-Hunter, champion for the environment.

In recognition of the contribution of a tireless crusader for sustainable development and the environment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity dedicated its conference room today to the memory of Joke Waller-Hunter, the former head of the Secretariat of the United Nations F ...

Press Release
#20936
2006-04-05

Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings.

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

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
#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
#20653
2006-03-27

Top Natural History Centers Target the 2010 Biodiversity Target.

A new alliance of some of the world’s top research centres and agencies specializing in biodiversity was today enlisted in the battle to save life on Earth.

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
#20529
2006-03-20

Strategy to Save Earth’s Life Support Systems Unveiled by UN Body - End to Overfishing up to More Efficient Agriculture Key to 2010 Biodiversity Target.

Curitiba/Montreal, 20 March 2006 –Global Biodiversity Outlook 2, launched today in the Brazilian city of Curitiba at the eighth biannual meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#20390
2006-03-16

The largest biodiversity meeting in decades meets in Brazil to adopt a roadmap to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target and save life on earth.

Curitiba, 16 March 2006 – The ecological capital city of Brazil, Curitiba will be the host to the largest biodiversity gathering since the World Review Summit of September last year when 154 Heads of state recommitted themselves to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. More than 30 ...

Press Release
#20148
2006-03-07

Governments to resume negotiations in Brazil on the implementation of the international treaty on living modified organisms.

Montreal, 7 March 2006 – More than two years ago, upon the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan stated that “the Protocol establishes a framework that will facilitate environmentally sound application and management ...

Press Release
#19960
2006-02-27

First ever scientific assessment of the impact of avian flu on wildlife and biodiversity launched.

The first ever scientific assessment of the impact of avian flu on wildlife and biodiversity will be carried out by international experts from around the world in conjunction with the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Curitib ...

Press Release
#19864
2006-02-22

“Plitvice the birthplace and Croatia the founding member of the Museum on Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity”.

“Plitvice Lakes National Park—a World Heritage site—will be remembered as the birthplace, and Croatia as the founding member, of the Museum of Culture and Nature of the Convention on Biological Diversity,” said Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention, as he received the fir ...

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
#19603
2006-02-14

Procedure for Media Accreditation (Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety 13 - 17 March 2006 And Eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity 20 - 31 March 2006 Curitiba, Brazil).

Only bona fide representatives of the mass media – press, photo, radio, television, and film – will be accredited to cover these meetings to be held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (Expo Trade), Curitiba, Brazil. To avoid delays upon arrival at the meeting venue, please submit the form o ...

Press Release
#19449
2006-02-07

The Gambia is first country in the world to establish citizen forum for achieving the 2010 biodiversity target. “Friends of the Convention on Life on Earth” will promote action for the planet by civil society.

DUBAI – 7 February 2006. In his message to the citizens of the world issued the first day after assuming office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf stated that “the Earth’s life support systems, from its forests and flowers to its coral re ...

Press Release
#19035
2006-01-19

Citizens of the world invited to participate in virtual conference and help to sustain life on earth THE VIRTUAL CURITIBA BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE January - March 2006 - <a href=http://2010.biodiv.org>http://2010.biodiv.org</a> ACHIEVING THE 2010 TARGET!

CURITIBA – 19 January 2006. Never before in human history has the rate of biodiversity loss been so great. The rate of loss of biodiversity now exceeds 100 times natural rates. For some experts we are on the eve of the greatest extinction crisis. Humans are changing environments to the poin ...

Press Release
#18962
2006-01-17

Promoting biodiversity as a powerful instrument to achieve lasting peace and shared prosperity for all nations of the world.

Montreal, 17 January 2006 – Officials from the 188 members of the Convention on Biological Diversity will gather in the historic city of Grenada, Spain from 30 January to 3 February 2006 to make progress on one of the three pillars of the Convention on Biological Diversity, aimed at promoting ac ...

Press Release
#18790
2006-01-10

Indigenous and local communities have important role to play in implementation of Biodiversity Convention: Ahmed Djoghlaf

Montreal – 10 January 2006. Stressing the role of traditional knowledge and the practices of indigenous and local communities in biodiversity conservation, Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, reiterated the importance of the participation of indige ...

Press Release
#18761
2006-01-09

Theme for International Biodiversity Day announced World community urged to protect biodiversity in deserts.

Montreal, 9 January 2006 – Reflecting that 2006 has been declared the United Nations International Year for Deserts and Desertification, the Convention on Biological Diversity announced today that the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2006 is “Protecting Biodiversi ...

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
#18221
2005-12-07

Hamdallah Zedan addresses meeting of the UNFCCC in Montreal, Canada

Speaking on behalf of the biodiversity-related conventions, Hamdallah Zedan spoke of the urgent need to address the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and the need to apprecate the role of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in adaptation strategies.

Press Release
#17818
2005-11-24

In dry and sub-humid lands, stronger institutions needed to protect biodiversity

Montreal 25 November 2005 – The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will hold its eleventh meeting from 28 November to 2 December 2005 in Montreal. Representatives of 187 governments and the European Community will ...

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
#14817
2005-09-02

Intergovernmental meeting to discuss implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 2 September 2005 –Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meet in Montreal from 5 to 9 September 2005, to consider a variety of issues relating to the effective implementation of the objectives of the CBD including its Strategic Plan and the 2010 Biodiversity Target.

Press Release
#12204
2005-06-13

Inter-Governmental Working Group meeting will discuss ways to strengthen protected area systems around the globe

Montecatini, 13 June 2005. Protected areas are great tools for protecting biological diversity, but to accomplish this, their reach must be extended, more money will be needed for their maintenance, and their coverage and management effectiveness will need to be improved. Delegates representin ...

Press Release
#12044
2005-06-06

Biosafety Protocol Conference ends without agreement on shipping documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 3 June 2005. The 118 countries and the European Community, who are members to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, have ended their second meeting without agreement on the shipping documentation requirements for bulk shipments of living modified organisms (LMOs), (also known as geneti ...

Press Release
#11806
2005-05-30

Biosafety Protocol conference to finalize shipping documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 30 May 2005 – The 119 member governments to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety are meeting here this week until 3 June to clarify international trade rules for genetically modified commodities.

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