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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 ...

Press Release
#63997
2009-10-13

COP 10 and 2010 IYB Logos Launched in Tokyo

Tokyo (Japan), 13 October 2009 – Launching the COP10 logo and slogan, Japan marked the one-year countdown to the start of the tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan in October 2010. The CO ...

Press Release
#63636
2009-10-02

Canadian Launch of the Celebration for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 2 October – A global awareness campaign and celebration to safeguard the variety of life on Earth and stop the unprecedented loss of biodiversity was today launched in Montreal. As part of the campaign, the logo and messages for the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversi ...

Press Release
#63411
2009-09-25

G-77 Ministers Pay Special Tribute to CBD Secretariat’s Leading Role in South-South Cooperation

Montreal, 25 September 2009 – At their thirty-third annual meeting, held on 25 September 2009 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 adopted a ministerial declaration welcoming the convening of the high-level special event to be held o ...

Press Release
#63088
2009-09-16

Brainstorming session on Business and Biodiversity

A two-day informal brainstorming session was held at CBD Secretariat in Montreal on 14-15 September 2009 with a view to advancing the decisions VIII/17 and IX/26 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on engagement with the private sector.

Press Release
#62969
2009-09-14

International Year of Biodiversity Logo unveiled in Strömstad, Sweden

Montreal, 14 September 2009 – Thanks to the generous financial support of the Government of Canada, the logo and the messaging for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity were unveiled on 8 September 2009 in Strömstad, Sweden, on the occasion of the high-level European Union me ...

Press Release
#62917
2009-09-11

Biodiversity and Climate Change: A CBD Contribution to the Copenhagen Climate Agreement

Montreal, 11 September 2009 – The 6,000 participants attending the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in May 2008, decided to establish an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change as a contribution to the fifteen ...

Press Release
#62733
2009-09-04

Joint Communiqué: United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Geneva, 4 September 2009 – Aiming to enhance cooperation between the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and to raise public awareness of the inter-relationship between biodiversity and tourism, the two institutio ...

Press Release
#62686
2009-09-03

CBD Secretariat and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre strengthen links for the preparation of the 2010 Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 3 September 2009 – Further steps have been taken to strengthen the support provided by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC) to the implementation of the work programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as adopted ...

Press Release
#62133
2009-08-13

Iraq becomes the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

On 28 July 2009, Iraq deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and will become the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 26 October 2009.

Press Release
#61318
2009-07-16

South-South-Exchange Meeting on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 July 2009 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), and with generous support from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), facilitated a meeting from 8 to 10 July on ...

Press Release
#61244
2009-07-13

Enhancing Montreal support to the activities of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 13 July 2009,– On 9 July 2009, the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and Tourisme Montréal signed for the first time a Memorandum of Understanding related to the convening of meetings under the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Tourism ...

Press Release
#61149
2009-07-10

Biodiversity Challenges and Reponses on the Agenda of the G8 Summit of L’Aquila, Italy

From 8-10 July 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy, Leaders of the G8 endorsed a biodiversity action plan that includes support for completing the negotiation on Access and Benefit Sharing, post-2010 actions and on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Press Release
#61180
2009-07-10

Visit of the representative of the incoming President of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity had the privilege to welcome on 9-10 July 2010 Mr. Masayoshi Mizuno, Director of the Global Environment Division of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Release
#60857
2009-06-26

Convention on Biological Diversity Supports Green Economy Initiative

Montreal, 26 June 2009 – More than 21 United Nations agencies, including the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, have backed the call for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental oppo ...

Press Release
#60813
2009-06-25

The GEF Joins Forces with the Convention for the Celebration of the United Nations International Year on Biodiversity

Montreal, 25 June 2009 – The Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved this week a special initiative to support the objectives of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). Budgeted at US$ 895,000, this is the most significant initiative for the IYB agreed to date. The G ...

Press Release
#60252
2009-06-05

Biodiversity – Time to See the Bigger Picture! A New Outreach Initiative Launches 5 June 2009

5 June 2009 – World Environment Day, 5 June, sees the unveiling of a new communication initiative on biodiversity brought through a partnership between Airbus, the National Geographic Society and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#60295
2009-06-03

Global Private Donor Forum on Biodiversity established in Berlin

Montreal, 3 June 2009 – At the closure of the high-level segment of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of the Environment of Germany, presented the “Bonn Agenda on Global Biodiversity”, which includes the mob ...

Press Release
#59926
2009-05-26

Executive Secretary discusses Preparations for the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties with all Japanese Stakeholders

Montreal, 26 May 2009. Japan organized a major celebration on the International Day for Biological Diversity, joined by Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, who was on an official visit to Japan from 21 to 26 May 2009 at the invitation of the Ja ...

Press Release
#59720
2009-05-22

Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Montreal, 22 May 2009 – Invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet – is this year’s theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). This year, the event is being marked by a r ...

Press Release
#59722
2009-05-22

The Green Wave for Biodiversity

On 22 May 2008, a ripple was started that’s turning into a wave around the world. The Green Wave for biodiversity.

Press Release
#59715
2009-05-21

Timely Submission of National Reports Key to the Success of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit and the High-Level Meeting during the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Montreal, 21 May 2009 – As of 21 May, the following Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (a total of 46) have submitted their fourth national reports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cub ...

Press Release
#59557
2009-05-19

Expert Meeting on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development Cooperation concludes in Montreal

Montreal, 19 May 2009 – More than 45 development cooperation agencies, development banks, United Nations agencies and international non-governmental development organizations participated in the Expert Meeting on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development Cooperation, held at the premises of the ...

Press Release
#59555
2009-05-15

Visit to the Secretariat by Norwegian Delegation

Montreal, 15 May 2009. A delegation from Norway visited the Secretariat on 14-15 May 2009 to discuss a range of issues, including, in particular, preparations for the sixth Trondheim Conference on biological diversity, which will be held in February next year and will coincide with the Internat ...

Press Release
#59084
2009-04-23

Biodiversity elevated to the top of the G8 environmental dialogue

In concluding their meeting held in Syracuse, Italy, from 22 to24 April 2009, the G8 Ministers of the Environment with eleven of their partners adopted, at the initiative of the host country, the “Carta di Siracusa” on Biodiversity.

Press Release
#58416
2009-04-01

The President of the Conference of the Parties and Executive Secretary Congratulate Countries that Have Submitted on Time Their Fourth National Reports and Urge all Parties to Meet Their Reporting Obligations Under the Convention

Montreal, 1 April 2009 – As of 30 March, 2009, the deadline for submission of the fourth national report (set in COP Decision VIII/14), the following countries have submitted their reports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bhutan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democrat ...

Press Release
#58418
2009-04-01

Building a Global Partnership on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 1 April 2009 - More than 500 participants are set to negotiate the international regime on access and benefit sharing (ABS) at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit sharing (WGABS 7), to be held in Paris from 2 to 8 April 2009. This meeting i ...

Press Release
#58370
2009-03-27

Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 27 March 2009 – Following the convening of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the regional preparatory committee on the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division of th ...

Press Release
#57546
2009-03-06

Governments and Organizations involved in Biosafety Capacity-Building Projects convene in Costa Rica

San José, 6 March 2009 – More than 50 participants from Governments and organizations involved in the implementation and financing of biosafety capacity-building activities will meet in San José, Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 March to share experiences and discuss strategies for improving capacity-bu ...

Press Release
#55162
2008-12-17

Visit to the Secretariat of a Delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Montreal 17 December 2008 – A high-level delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 16 December 2008 to discuss preparations for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, including closing celebration ...

Press Release
#54443
2008-12-01

State of Paraná Reports on Carbon-Offset Programme for the Operations of the Secretariat through the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Montreal 1, December 2008- The Technical Project Manager of the State of Paraná, Brazil, Mr. Sergio Mudrovitsch de Bittencourt, and the head of the State’s forestry department, Mr. Paulo Caçola, paid an official visit to the Secretariat on 25 November 2008, to officially deliver its report on th ...

Press Release
#51919
2008-10-06

Launch of an Enhanced Strategic Partnership to Benefit Life on Earth - Joint Efforts of UN Convention on Biological Diversity and The Nature Conservancy to Help Governments Implement Global Conservation Treaty, Increase Protected Areas

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy announced they have entered into a groundbreaking partnership agreement to support the 191 United Nations CBD signatories in enhancing the implementation of the objectives of the Conve ...

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