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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 ( ...

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
#90593
2012-10-06

The UN Meeting on Biosafety Ends with An Agreement to Advance Work on the Issue of Socioeconomic Considerations Regarding Living Modified Organisms

Hyderabad, 6 October 2012 - The sixth meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety ended last night here in Hyderabad, India, with an agreement to advance discussions to clarify socioeconomic issues associated with living modified organism (LMOs).

Press Release
#90584
2012-10-05

UN biodiversity meeting to discuss progress made and challenges to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 - 2020

Hyderabad / Montreal, 5 October 2012 – Governments are meeting in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012, at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity to agree on the next steps in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan ...

Press Release
#90546
2012-10-02

World Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms Opens in India

Hyderabad / Montreal, 2 October 2012. The sixth 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 6) opened yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, Ind ...

Press Release
#90492
2012-09-27

United Nations meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms opens Monday

Hyderabad, 27 September 2012 – Some 2000 delegates from more than 150 countries will convene this coming Monday in Hyderabad, India, for the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 6).

Press Release
#90501
2012-09-27

Lao PDR ratifies the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 27 September 2012 – Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic is the sixth country 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
#90489
2012-09-26

Future Policy Award 2012 goes to Palau

New York, 26 September 2012. The Republic of Palau has been announced as the winner of the Future Policy Award 2012. Palau received the Award in recognition of two outstanding marine policies, Palau’s Protected Areas Network Act, initiated in 2003, and its Shark Haven Act from 2009. The two Silv ...

Press Release
#90415
2012-09-20

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2012 announced

Tokyo/Montreal 20 September 2012 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity have been announced today in Tokyo. The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversit ...

Press Release
#90028
2012-09-04

How can we save the world’s oceans and coasts? Five countries’ ocean and coastal policies shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award

Hamburg/Montreal/Washington D.C./Rome, 28 August 2012 – Six policies from five countries are now shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, an international award that celebrates effective and exemplary policies. California (USA), Namibia, Palau, the Philippines, and South Africa are still in ...

Press Release
#89137
2012-07-06

Nagoya Protocol meeting builds momentum towards entry into force

Montreal, 6 July 2012. With a spirit of compromise and constructive engagement, Governments concluded a week-long meeting where they advanced in the preparations for the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing.

Press Release
#88918
2012-06-22

Review of human health and the Rio Conventions launched at Rio +20

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22 June 2012 – Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the report, Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future. Human Health and the Rio Conventions: Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification, on 21 June at the Rio+20 conf ...

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
#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
#88810
2012-06-20

Opening of the Base Camp of 1000 Days for the Planet, an expedition led by Jean Lemire, Honorary Ambassador to the The Green Wave for biodiversity

Montreal, 20 June 2012 – Coinciding with the opening of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), Montreal Space for Life is opening the doors of the Base Camp of 1000 Days for the Planet, a three-year expedition aboard the schooner Sedna IV. The expedition is a major c ...

Press Release
#88624
2012-06-13

Rio Conventions join forces for sustainable development and the future we want

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 June 2012 – At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the secretariats of the biodiversity, climate change and desertification conventions and the Global Environment Facility are joining forces under the Rio Conventions Pavilion to promote ...

Press Release
#88385
2012-06-06

Future Policy Award celebrates solutions to save oceans and coasts: 31 policies from 22 countries and regions nominated

Hamburg/Montreal/Washington D.C./Rome, 6 June 2012: The list of nominees for this year's Future Policy Award is complete: 31 outstanding policies from 22 countries and regions are in the running for the best policy worldwide to protect oceans and coasts.

Press Release
#88167
2012-05-25

Managing biodiversity data from local government: Guidance for local authorities on publishing through the GBIF network, helping preserve knowledge about biodiversity

Copenhagen, Denmark – Local governments around the world have a new tool to help share and use vast amounts of biodiversity knowledge collected in the course of their work.

Press Release
#88134
2012-05-23

Megadiverse Mexico ratifies the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 23 May 2012 – On 16 May, Mexico became the fifth country 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
#87499
2012-04-27

Seychelles fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 27 April 2012 – Seychelles, on 20 April 2012, became the fourth country 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
#87498
2012-04-26

Meeting of sub-national governments opens new chapter in implementation of the CBD

Montreal, 26 April 2012 – The Meeting of Sub-national Governments in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, held 24-27 April 2012 in Curitiba, Brazil, has opened a new chapter in the sub-national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and in the Global Partnership on ...

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
#87084
2012-04-05

Rwanda third country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 5 April 2012 – On 20 March 2012, Rwanda became the third country 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
#86486
2012-03-08

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress receives 51 signatories

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety closed for signature yesterday with a total of 51 signatories. Since the beginning of this year the Supplementary Protocol received 14 more signatures from the following Parties to the ...

Press Release
#86325
2012-03-01

Nominations open for the 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

Montreal, 1 March 2012 – Takuya Okada, Chairman of the AEON Environmental Foundation and Honorary Chairman of AEON Co., Ltd., announced today the opening of nominations for the Midori Prize for Biodiversity.

Press Release
#86106
2012-02-23

International symposium to be held to share experiences and support effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 23 February 2012 – An international symposium on domestic measures to implement the obligations under the Nagoya Protocol will be held at the United Nations University Centre in Tokyo on 8-9 March 2012.

Press Release
#85900
2012-02-17

Capacity-building workshop for North Africa and the Middle East on mainstreaming the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB) into national planning and decision-making

Montreal, 17 February 2012 – Understanding the economic value of nature and integrating this into planning is the subject of a region-wide workshop that begins in Beirut on 21 February 2012.

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
#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
#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
#85587
2012-02-07

Theme of Future Policy Award 2012: Oceans and Coasts. World Future Council partners with CBD, GEF and FAO to present awards in Hyderabad, India

Hamburg/Montreal/Washington D.C., Rome, 7 February 2012. Over 70 per cent of the earth is covered in oceans and major seas. Their health is a prerequisite for the survival of humanity. Yet, they are degrading fast. In order to address this pressing issue the World Future Council (WFC) announced ...

Press Release
#85519
2012-02-03

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources achieves 92 signatories

Montreal, 3 February 2012 – With 16 countries becoming signatories in the past eight days, 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 now has 92 signatories.

Press Release
#85295
2012-01-25

Latest initiative under joint ITTO/CBD programme—a new project to support sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity conservation in Africa

Yokohama/Montreal, 25 January 2012 –The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan today signed a letter of understanding for funding of 278 million Japanese yen (US$ 3.6 million) to implement a large capacity-building project to support five Congo Basin countr ...

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
#85174
2012-01-19

Global alliance of cities and governments to save biodiversity of the Mediterranean region

Montreal, 19 January 2012– For the first time, local authorities and representatives of government met in Montpellier from 17 to 19 January 2012 to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the 20 Aichi Targets, in the Mediterranean region. Eighteen countries from the ...

Press Release
#85098
2012-01-16

The Federated States of Micronesia becomes seventy-fifth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 16 January 2012– On 11 January 2012, the Federated States of Micronesia became the seventy-fifth 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).

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