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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).

Press Release
#85100
2012-01-16

The Green Wave to support forest rehabilitation in the devastated region of Tohoku, Japan

Montreal, 16 January 2012 – At the 13th edition of Eco Products 2011, an environmental exhibition that attracts 60,000 visitors a day, including children, and held in Tokyo in December 2011, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, participated on 16 ...

Press Release
#85040
2012-01-12

Jordan becomes first country in the Arab region to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 12 January 2012 – On 10 January 2012, Jordan became the first Arab country and the second Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to ...

Press Release
#84990
2012-01-10

Somalia becomes seventy-third signatory of the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 10 January 2012 – On 9 January 2012, Somalia became the seventy-third 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
#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
#84918
2012-01-05

Cyprus becomes seventy-second signatory of the Nagoya Protocol and the thirty-seventh signatory of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 5 January 2012 – Cyprus, on 29 December 2011, became the seventy-second 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-seventh signato ...

Press Release
#84920
2012-01-05

Lithuania becomes seventy-first signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing

Montreal, 5 January 2012 – On 29 December 2011, Lithuania, became the seventy-first 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
#84888
2012-01-04

Guinea and Morocco sign Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 4 January 2012 – Guinea and Morocco, on 9 December 2011, became the latest signatories to 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).This brings the tot ...

Press Release
#84760
2011-12-23

The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity at the service of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 23 December 2011– Under the strategic partnership between the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity will be a key instrument at the service of the objectives of the United Nations Decad ...

Press Release
#84663
2011-12-20

Partnership forged between Japan Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Kanazawa, Japan, 20 December 2011– The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Japan Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCNJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a view to promoting greater awareness amongst civil socie ...

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
#84599
2011-12-16

Rio+20 conference should capitalize on the values that forests offer to sustainable development

New York, 16 December 2011 - As preparations for Rio+20 continue at the 2nd Inter-sessional Meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in UN Headquarters and the International Year of Forests draws to a close, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), are call ...

Press Release
#84600
2011-12-16

UN Decade on Biodiversity launched at Meso-American workshop on National Biodiversity Strategies

Montreal, 16 December 2011 – Costa Rica was the host for the launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity for the Central American Region, setting in motion a process to build a future of life in harmony with nature. In addition to the launch, 40 participants from nine countries attended ...

Press Release
#84443
2011-12-12

UN Biodiversity Chief Signs Memorandum of Understanding with World Future Council

Hamburg/Montreal, 12 December 2011. Today, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Future Council in Hamburg, Germany, in order to establish a framework of cooperation in promoting the implementation ...

Press Release
#84375
2011-12-07

Latvia becomes the first country to ratify the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 7 December 2011 – On 30 November 2011, Latvia became the first country to ratify the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The first ratification comes just over a year after the Supplementary Protocol was adopted ...

Press Release
#83910
2011-11-21

Vanuatu becomes sixty-eighth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing

Montreal, 21 November 2011 – On 18 November 2011, Vanuatu, became the sixty-eighth 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
#83917
2011-11-21

Scientific body of global biodiversity treaty adopts eight recommendations

Montreal, 21 November 2011 – At the first meeting of the Convention’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice since the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, held last October ...

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
#83683
2011-11-14

UNESCO launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity takes place in Paris

Montreal, 14 November 2011 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to launch the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity at its headquarters in Paris.

Press Release
#83685
2011-11-14

Gabon becomes the first country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 14 November 2011 –On 11 November 2011, Gabon, became the first Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 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 Biologica ...

Press Release
#83535
2011-11-08

Expanding scientific expertise for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 at the margins of the seventh meeting of Working Group on Article 8(j) and the fifteenth meeting of SBSTTA

Montreal, 8 November 2011– The opening reception of the fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), witnessed the continuing growth of the Consortium of Scientific Partners (CSP) to the Convention, as ...

Press Release
#83558
2011-11-08

CBD Secretariat and IUCN sign supplementary agreement for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 regarding invasive species

Montreal, 8 November 2011 –At the margins of the fifteenth meeting of Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice, the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, of the Inte ...

Press Release
#83520
2011-11-07

Scientific body of global biodiversity treaty discusses biodiversity indicators at Montreal meeting

Montreal, 7 November 2011 – Global experts are meeting this week to discuss ways to measure progress on the achievement of the Global Strategy for Biodiversity. Over 600 delegates are in Montreal for the fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice ...

Press Release
#83508
2011-11-06

Uruguay ratifies the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 6 November 2011 – On 2 November 2011, Uruguay deposited its instrument of ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity and will become the 162nd Party to the Protocol on 31 January 2012.

Press Release
#83439
2011-11-03

United Kingdom releases a new biodiversity strategy in response to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

In accordance with the commitment to develop an updated national biodiversity strategy and action plan, made at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Nagoya, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010 the United Kingdom Department of Environ ...

Press Release
#83373
2011-11-01

Indigenous and local communities meet with governments to discuss traditional knowledge and the implementation of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Montreal, 1 November 2011— Representatives of indigenous and local communities from around the world are meeting side by side with delegates from Governments for this week in Montreal to discuss ways to integrate traditional knowledge related to biodiversity protection into the global Strategic ...

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
#83224
2011-10-26

Rio Conventions Pavilion helps raise awareness

Montreal, 26 October 2011 – Over the two weeks of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), held in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 21 October 2011, more than one thousand partners and Parties discussed themes r ...

Press Release
#83197
2011-10-25

United Nations report identifies innovative solutions for resolving bushmeat crisis

Montreal, 25 October 2011 – A new United Nations report says resolving the crisis in the harvesting of bushmeat is possible if governments combine new management models, including community-based management, game-ranching and hunting tourism, with new mechanisms for monitoring and law enforcement.

Press Release
#83094
2011-10-21

Djibouti becomes sixty-fifth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

Montreal, 21 October 2011 – Djibouti, on 19 October 2011, became the latest country 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 Biological Diversity (CBD), bringing the number of sig ...

Press Release
#83007
2011-10-19

Towards the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea: The Living Ocean and Coast

Montreal, 19 October 2011 – The contribution of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea: The Living Ocean and Coast was discussed in Seoul on 14 October 2011 at a meeting between Mr. Samuel Koo, United Nations Co-Commissioner-General for the Expo, and M ...

Press Release
#82971
2011-10-18

City of Edmonton a model of local government support for the CBD

Montreal, 18 October 2011 – In recognition of the need to complement Parties’ uptake of decision X/22 and the associated Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020), the City of Edmonton, Canada, has formally aligned its own city-wid ...

Press Release
#82969
2011-10-17

Regional workshop for Central Asia on updating NBSAPs

Istanbul, Turkey, 17 October 2011 – Biodiversity experts and officials from across the Central Asia region are meeting for the next four days to work towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact at the Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

Press Release
#82879
2011-10-14

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums mobilized for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 14 October 2011 – At its annual conference, and in a unanimous resolution, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) formally endorsed the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) and decided to develop a framework to guide the participation of zoos and aquariums in the ac ...

Press Release
#82840
2011-10-13

In the Republic of Korea, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will showcase actions that address the problems of land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change

Montreal, 13 October 2011 – As governments meet in the Republic of Korea to address the challenges of land degradation under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, global actors will meet at the Rio Conventions Pavilion to communicate their coordinated actions to stop land degr ...

Press Release
#82809
2011-10-12

Japan Airlines introduces United Nations Decade on Biodiversity logo on special “Eco Jet”

Montreal, 12 October 2011 – To symbolize its passion for living life in harmony with nature and to help raise biodiversity awareness, Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced at a press conference in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport that it has added the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) logo to it ...

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
#82607
2011-10-04

Regional workshop for Pacific on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans celebration of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Nadi, Fiji, 4 October 2011 – Biodiversity experts and officials from across the Pacific region are working towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact at the Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans being held in Nadi, Fiji, from 3 to 7 October and ...

Press Release
#82448
2011-09-29

The 132 Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China call for implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 29 September 2011 – At their thirty-fifth annual meeting, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77, in adopting in New York on 23 September 2011 their Ministerial Declaration, recognized the important outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) t ...

Press Release
#82489
2011-09-29

Cooperating for nature: South Africa as a regional hub for South-South cooperation on biodiversity for development

Montreal, 29 September 2011 – The Government of South Africa, through its Department of Water and Environmental Affairs, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further promote South-South and triangular cooperation on biod ...

Press Release
#82412
2011-09-28

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources achieves 64 signatures

Montreal, 28 September 2011 – Cape Verde, Mozambique, Slovenia and Togo are the latest signatories to 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
#82358
2011-09-27

Nature at the service of the noble objectives of the United Nations

Montreal, 27 September 2011 – Through the Convention Secretariat’s partnership with the Conseil Général de Moselle, marked apples have been produced with the logo of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and offered to the signatories of the Convention’s Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic ...

Press Release
#82300
2011-09-26

Biodiversity Convention signs Memorandum of Understanding with UN-Habitat

Montreal, 26 September 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and UN-HABITAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in New York last week on the margins of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Press Release
#82302
2011-09-26

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources achieves 60 signatures

Montreal, 26 September 2011 – On the margins of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, six more countries—Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Grenada, Madagascar, Niger and Serbia—have become the latest signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resourc ...

Press Release
#82248
2011-09-21

Future Policy Award crowns world’s best forest policies

New York, 21 September 2011. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Future Policy Award. The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy and the US Lacey Act with its amendment of 2008 received the Silver Awards. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to ...

Press Release
#82172
2011-09-20

Modus operandi agreed by Rio conventions

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – The Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has agreed to mechanisms and procedures that will improve their coordination and therefore their contribution to sustainable development.

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
#82175
2011-09-20

International treaty on damage resulting from living modified organisms receives four new signatures

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – Four countries—Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Portugal—today signed the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a ceremony held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Press Release
#82178
2011-09-20

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources achieves 54 signatures after seven months

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – At a signing ceremony organized in New York on 20 September at the margins of the high-level event on desertification of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, 12 more countries signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and t ...

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