22 May 2020: International Day for Biological Diversity
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Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 will be commemorated through its first ever online-only campaign. You are in the best position to know what awareness-raising campaigns and calls to action are feasible at your national level.
As the global community is called to re-examine its relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few. The slogan “Our solutions are in nature” emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.
2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions. It is expected, from each of us, that we will “Build Back Better” by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as we recover from this pandemic. 2020 is the year when, more than ever, the world can signal a strong will for a global framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss for the benefit of humans and all life on Earth.
We are soliciting videos and written statements on the theme “Our solutions are in nature” from all regions of the world with the plan to roll these out across the different time zones, thereby emphasising hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. If you wish to participate in this “wave of solidarity”, please send us your message.
The CBD Secretariat is in the process of creating digital assets to support commemoration of the IDB. Please visit these pages regularly and follow @UNBiodiversity social media to see what is available:
Thank you for your participation!