Goals and target audiences for your IBD Day celebrations.
As with all past IBD day celebrations, the main goal is to raise the awareness of the general public of the three objectives of the CBD – the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from its use.
In addition to raising awareness, the Secretariat wishes to encourage Parties to work with actors throughout society to action on the objectives and programmes of work of the Convention. To these goals we encourage Parties to add the focus of promoting the Millennium Assessment Biodiversity Synthesis report as a source of information that reinforces the need to realize the three objectives of the CBD.
Parties should continue to try to reach out to the general public in their IBD celebrations, but they should try to promote discussion and attention on the key messages of the report, and encourage a dialogue between the public and decision makers in different sectors, and at different levels. So, for example, an IBD event should bring together businesses that use biodiversity with the local government officials that provide regulation. Or it could bring together the public officials that manage protected areas with the businesses that work on the margins of these areas.