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Background

2010 International Year of Biodiversity provides an effective framework for reinforcing the implementation of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), while also highlighting the linkages between biodiversity and human well being.

Such a holistic approach to the biodiversity debate enhances the importance of recognizing the inextricable links existing between biodiversity and cultural diversity, which together hold the key to sustainable development. In this context, the International Conference on Cultural and Biological Diversity: Diversity for Development- Development for Diversity will be held from 8 to 10 June 2010 in Montreal, Canada.

The Conference is jointly organized by UNESCO and the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNEP and the Canada Research Chair in Ethnoecology and Biodiversity (University of Montreal) in partnership with the International Economic Forum of the Americas.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme