Biodiversity Day 2021- Messages

Messages for the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2021: "We're part of the solution"

On this page, you will see messages in support of Biodiversity Day from governments and key figures in environmental sustainability. Organizations and individuals are also invited to send messages!

Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Biodiversity Day 2021
Transcript: English

Messages from COP Presidencies

br-rs COP 8 Presidency: Brazil - H.E. Mr. Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment
schulze COP 9 Presidency: Germany - H.E. Ms. Svenja Schulze, Minister of the Environment
huang runqiu COP 15 Presidency: China - H.E. Mr. Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment


Messages from UN Agencies

unenvironment_ed Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
anne Ms. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
WB-1 Mr. David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group

Ms. Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


restrepo Mr. Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director-General  of  the Alliance of  Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CGIAR

Mr. Avetik Nersisyan, Officer in Charge, Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)



Messages from Organizations


Ms. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)


kcbansal Prof. K.C. Bansal, Member, Board of Directors, Global Plant Council


As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic, Biodiversity Day 2021 is once again celebrated virtually. With this mind, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is soliciting videos and written statements from all regions of the world with the notion in mind that “We’re part of the solution” and we want to know what this means to you.

The plan is to roll these out across the different time zones, thereby emphasizing hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

Guidelines for messages from governments and key figures in environmental sustainability

Governments and key leaders in environmental sustainability have been invited to make statements for Biodiversity Day. Messages could...

  • build public interest and support for a robust new Global Biodiversity Framework.
  • show what it means to you or your organization to be part of the solution.
  • create affection for biodiversity and for the word itself.
  • emphasize hope and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. Biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.

Officials have been invited to make videos and/or written statements.

Videos should be less than 1 min. They can be submitted as files or links to video-sharing platforms.

Written statements should be less than 400 words and, if possible, include a photo of the person making the statement (Word or PDF format).

Submission deadline: 11 May 2021