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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).

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 ...

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