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Press Release
#69423
2010-04-22

Earth Day: CBD Secretariat and World Future Council Form Partnership to Celebrate Good Biodiversity Policies. Future Policy Award will be presented at the 2010 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

Montreal/Hamburg, 22 April 2010. On today’s Earth Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Future Council (WFC) have established a close partnership for the year 2010 as a contribution to the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Press Release
#69300
2010-04-16

High-level General Assembly Event to Mark the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 April – As a means to mark the International Year of Biodiversity (www.cbd.int/2010), the United Nations General Assembly decided on 15 April 2010 to hold a high-level event on biodiversity on 22 September 2010, the eve of the opening of the general debate of its sixty-fifth session.

Press Release
#69201
2010-04-12

Ensuring Compliance of All Parties With Their Reporting Obligations on the Implementation of the 2010 Biodiversity Target

Manama, Bahrain, 12 April 2010-At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, world leaders agreed to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. The 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity decided to submit before March 2009 a national report on the implementat ...

Press Release
#68891
2010-03-28

The Draft Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing is born in Cali

Cali, Colombia, 28 March 2010 – Participants to a United Nations meeting on genetic resources agreed to a draft protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from their use as basis for further negotiation, setting the stage for its adoption at the N ...

Press Release
#68794
2010-03-24

The President of the Philippines Declares 2010 its National Year of Biodiversity

Cali, Colombia, 24 March 2010 – On 19 February 2010, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines declared 2010 to be the National Year of Biodiversity (NYB) in the Philippines as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity

Press Release
#68842
2010-03-24

The Human Dimension of the Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Europe

Montreal, 24 March 2010--The European Environment Agency (EEA) today launched a special issue of Signals in support for the International Year of Biodiversity.

Press Release
#68659
2010-03-22

On World Water Day, United Nations Report Demonstrates Role of Forests and Wetlands for Clean Water and A Healthy World

Montreal, 22 March 2010 – To mark World Water Day and highlight the linkage between biodiversity and clean water, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), today released Water, Wetlands and Forests: A Review of Ecological, Economic and Policy Linkages.

Press Release
#68755
2010-03-22

Governments Discuss Text of Protocol for the Sharing of Benefits from the Genetic Resources of the Planet

Cali, Colombia, 22 March 2010 – In a sign of tremendous progress, 193 Parties to the Convention and their partners agreed today to use a draft protocol text, crafted through extensive consultations over the last months, to begin their deliberations on access and benefit sharing of the genetic ...

Press Release
#68656
2010-03-19

Japan Approves Fourth National Biodiversity Strategy

Montreal, 19 March 2010 – Following review by the Central Environment Council and in accordance with the 2008 Basic Act on Biodiversity, the Japanese cabinet on 16 March approved the National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan 2010.

Press Release
#68626
2010-03-18

Talks Begin to Finalize the International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing of the Earth’s Genetic Resources

Montreal, 18 March 2010 – After six years of intensive discussions, more than 500 delegates will gather in Cali, Colombia, from 22 to 28 March 2010 to finalize the text of the international regime on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their use. Th ...

Press Release
#68594
2010-03-17

The Government of Finland Announces International Support for Sustaining Biodiversity in Association with the Life Web Initiative

Montreal, 16 March 2010 - The Prime Minister of Finland, Matti Vanhanen, announced today in Dar es Salaam that Finland will support Tanzania under the LifeWeb Initiative. This is the result of cooperation between Finland’s Ministries of Environment and of Foreign Trade and Development.

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
#68487
2010-03-15

The Japan International Biodiversity Award (JIBA) Established

Montreal, 15 March 2010. In partnership with the AEON Environmental Foundation, the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the establishment of the Japan International Biodiversity Award (JIBA).

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
#68381
2010-03-10

Discovery Communications and the United Nations Announce Partnership to Celebrate International Year of Biodiversity: Awareness Campaign to Promote Biological Diversity

New York, NY, 10 March 2010 — Discovery Communications and the United Nations announce a partnership to spread awareness of the United Nations global campaign to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB).

Press Release
#68329
2010-03-09

President Pohamba of Namibia Opens the African Ministerial Conference on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 9 March 2010. African ministers of the environment and high-level officials are gathered in Windhoek, Namibia, this week to consult on the international regime on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) currently being negotiated under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#68169
2010-03-02

International Tropical Timber Organization and Convention on Biological Diversity Enter into Partnership

Tokyo, 2 March 2010 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) signed a memorandum of understanding today to closely collaborate over the coming four years. “This agreement represents a further step in the efforts ...

Press Release
#68088
2010-03-01

United Nations Secretary-General Appoints the Japanese Singer MISIA as Honorary Ambassador for the 2010 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

Montreal, 1 March 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the Japanese female singer and songwriter, MISIA, as the Honorary Ambassador for the forthcoming tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will be held from 1 ...

Press Release
#67753
2010-02-17

CBD Secretariat and Conservation International Working to Build Strong Collaboration for Implementation of the CBD

17 February 2010 – On 12 February 2010, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) welcomed to Montreal a strong delegation from Conservation International (CI) and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for a full day of discussions to identify priorities for practi ...

Press Release
#67626
2010-02-12

Engaging North America People in Protecting Life on Earth

12 February 2010. At the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, the official launch of the International year on Biodiversity for North America region was held on 10 February 2010 in New York at the prestigious hall ...

Press Release
#67487
2010-02-08

CBD Secretariat Welcomes Canada’s Decision to Establish North America's Newest National Park

8 February 2010 – Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity today applauded the Government of Canada’s initiative to create the sprawling 11,000-square-kilometre Mealy Mountains National Park, situated in Newfoundland and Labrador, the largest protected area i ...

Press Release
#67349
2010-02-02

Painting by Norwegian Artist Ørnulf Opdahl, the Latest Donation to the Museum of Nature and Culture

Montreal, 2 February 2010 – Addressing the 500 participants attending the sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway, stated that: “I have heard that many countries have provided gifts to the Museum, and now it is ...

Press Release
#67339
2010-02-01

Secretariat Launches a Practical Guide on How to Integrate Protected Areas into Wider Landscapes, Seascapes and Sectors

Montreal, 1 February 2010 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity released a practical guide developed with the generous support of the Government of the Netherlands titled, “Making Protected Areas Relevant: A Guide to Integrating Protected Areas into Wider Landscapes, Seasca ...

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
#67097
2010-01-22

UNESCO/Convention on Biological Diversity Press Release: Preserving Biodiversity: A Vital Challenge

Paris, 22 January - Halting the unprecedented erosion of biodiversity and raising awareness of the need to change our behaviour are urgent priorities. This was the unanimous conclusion of participants at the high-level event organized at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orga ...

Press Release
#66829
2010-01-12

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially launch the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 12 January 2010 – Launching the International Year of Biodiversity in Berlin yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world to take the necessary steps to protect the biological diversity of the Earth.

Press Release
#66707
2010-01-08

Curitiba, One of the Greenest Cities in the World, Celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 8 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). In his message to the world on the occasion of the IYB, United Na ...

Press Release
#66305
2009-12-15

United Nations Forum on Forests and Convention on Biological Diversity Enter into Partnership

Copenhagen, 15 December 2009 – Amidst the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) today signed an agreement to closely collaborate over the coming two years. “This agreement will h ...

Press Release
#66316
2009-12-15

TEEB Appoints the Executive Secretary to its Advisory Board

Copenhagen, 15 December 2009. On 27 November 2009, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), was appointed, with immediate effect, to serve on the Advisory Board of the initiative on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

Press Release
#66236
2009-12-14

Ocean Acidification from CO2 Emissions Causes Substantial Irreversible Damage to Ocean Ecosystems

Copenhagen, 14 December 2009 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity released today a major study, Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#66268
2009-12-14

Partnership Established between Conservation International and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

14 December 2009 – Conservation International and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have established a new partnership to strengthen their cooperation towards fulfillment of the objectives of the CBD. On 4 December 2009, Russell Mittermeier, President of Conservatio ...

Press Release
#66184
2009-12-10

Global Partnership Established on Business and Biodiversity

Jakarta: More than 200 companies, non-governmental organizations and Governments from all over the world gathered in Jakarta recognizing that business related to biological diversity can be a far more profitable activity than many other economic activities.

Press Release
#66078
2009-12-07

Young Talent Recognised in Global Photography Competition

Montreal, 7 December 2009. The eight winners of a children’s international biodiversity photo competition were rewarded at a special event in Washington, DC on 4 December 2009. The competition was developed as part of Airbus’ support for The Green Wave in collaboration with National Geographic ...

Press Release
#65953
2009-12-02

Understanding Forest Ecosystems is Key for Successful Climate-Change Mitigation

Montreal, 2 December 2009 – What do western lowland gorillas and the seed of the Lopé Kola Tree (Cola lizae) have to do with climate change? According to Ian Redmond, OBE, Ambassador for the United Nations Year of the Gorilla: “More than 75 per cent of tropical trees have their seeds dispersed b ...

Press Release
#65889
2009-12-01

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and the launch of the UK partnership supporting Biodiversity is Life - the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

Montreal, 1 December 2009 – On 24 November, Darwin200 partners—the British Council, the John R. Murray Charitable Trust and the Charles Darwin Trust—hosted the celebrations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin‘s On the Origin of the Species. The key theme of t ...

Press Release
#65766
2009-11-27

Engaging Business in the Battle for Life on Earth

Montreal, 27 November 2007. With financial support provided by the Netherlands under a four-year framework agreement, a major meeting on business and biodiversity opens on 30 November 2009 in Jakarta to discuss ways to enhance the engagement of industry in addressing biodiversity globally. The ...

Press Release
#65444
2009-11-19

Enhancing Preparations for the Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 19 November 2009 – A powerful delegation from Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 16-17 November to discuss substantive preparations for the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to ...

Press Release
#65348
2009-11-17

CBD Secretariat and the Institute of Energy and Environment of La Francophonie join Forces to Raise Awareness in French-Speaking Countries

Montreal, 17 November 2009 – The Institute of Energy and Environment of La Francophonie (IEPF) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have joined forces to support promotion of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) and the 2011 International Year of Forests.

Press Release
#65302
2009-11-16

Major Advances toward the Nagoya International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Montreal, 16 November 2009 – Substantial progress was made toward an International regime on access and benefit-sharing last week by the 527 participants representing the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and partner institutions. An international regime resulting in a protocol ...

Press Release
#65090
2009-11-10

Establishment of a Vibrant Partnership between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Civil Society of its Host Country: Signature of an MOU with the Canadian Environmental Network

Montreal, 10 November 2009 – A strong partnership has been established between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), which has been located in Montreal since 1996, and civil society in its host country.

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
#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
#64988
2009-11-08

Negotiations on An International Regime on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing to Continue in Montreal

Montreal, 8 November 2009 – In what will possibly be the most important meeting in the history of the Convention’s Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing, over 450 participants are expected to gather in Montreal on Monday, 9 November to continue the negotiation of an international regime on ...

Press Release
#64764
2009-10-31

India Offers to Host the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012

Montreal, 31 October 2009. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity today welcomed the offer of the Government of India to host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP-11) in 2012.

Press Release
#64762
2009-10-30

The Role of Indigenous and Local Communities in Protecting Life on Earth

Montreal, 30 October 2009 – Constituting a relatively small portion of the world’s 6.3 billion people, indigenous and local communities represent the largest portion of linguistic and cultural diversity on Earth and their traditional lands and waters overwhelmingly contain the greatest remaining ...

Press Release
#64696
2009-10-29

The Group of 77 Initiates the Preparation of a Multi-Year Plan of Action for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development

Montreal, 29 October 2009 – The Group of 77 and China have initiated, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a major initiative aimed at preparing a Multi-Year Plan of Action to promote South-South cooperation in support to the three objectives of the Conv ...

Press Release
#64512
2009-10-26

Forest Biodiversity provides an “Insurance Policy” against Climate Change

Montreal, 26 October 2009 – Maintaining and restoring biodiversity in forests promotes their resilience to human-induced pressures and is therefore an essential “insurance policy” to safeguard against climate change impacts, according to a study released yesterday by the Convention on Biological ...

Press Release
#64333
2009-10-21

Liaison Group on Bushmeat concludes in Buenos Aires with Recommendations to the World Forestry Congress

Montreal, 21 October 2009 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Liaison Group on Bushmeat held its first meeting in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and the International Council for ...

Press Release
#64145
2009-10-16

Somalia to Become the 193rd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity and will become the 193rd Party to the Convention as of 10 December 2009. As a major biodiversity hotspot in the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s accession is a major ...

Press Release
#64641
2009-10-16

Japan hosts International Multi-stakeholder Dialogue for COP 10

Kobe, Japan, 16 October 2009 – The Ministry of the Environment of Japan, in collaboration with IUCN, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Nippon Keidanren (a business association representing 1609 major companies and business organizations in Japan) Committee on N ...

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