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International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 - Messages

Messages for the International Day for Biological Diversity: "Our solutions are in nature", 22 May 2020

 

Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Message from the President of Costa Rica

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Message from HE Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Message from the President of Colombia

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Message from HE Mr. Iván Duque

Message from the President of the United Nations General Assembly

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Message from Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

   

 

Messages from COP Presidencies

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COP 2 Presidency: Indonesia - HE Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry
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COP 7 Presidency: Malaysia - HE Dato' Dr. Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA)

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COP 8 Presidency: Brazil - HE Mr. Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment
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COP 9 Presidency: Germany - HE Ms. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment
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COP 10 Presidency: Japan - HE Mr. Koizumi Shinjirō, Minister of the Environment

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COP 11 Presidency: India - HE Mr. Prakash Javadekar. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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COP 14 Presidency: Egypt - HE Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egyptian Minister of Environment
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COP 15 Presidency: China - HE Mr. Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment

 

Messages from UN Agencies

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Message from Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Message from Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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Message from Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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Message from Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
cites-ivonne-higuero Message from Ms. Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
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Message from Mr. Jingyuan Xia, Secretary, International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

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Message from Ms. Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
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Message from Dr. Rebecca Lent, Executive Secretary, International Whaling Commission (IWC)

Watch: English - Français

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Message from Mr. Kent Nnadozie, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)
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Message from Dr. Mechtild Rössler, Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC)
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Message from Ms. Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
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Message from Mr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary, Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)
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Message from Mr. Pitambar Shrestha, Programme Operations Director at the Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), CCAFS, Bioversity International
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Message from United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan - Barcelona Convention
   

 

Messages from Governments

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Bangladesh - Message from HE Mr. Shahab Uddin, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change
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India - Message from HE Mr. J. Justin Mohan, Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority
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Iran - Message from HE Dr. Kaiomars Kalantari, Deputy Head of the Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the Department of Environment
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Italy - Video spot for the International Day for Biodiversity and World Environment Day by the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)

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United Arab Emirates - Message from HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah

 

Messages from Subnational Governments

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Western Cape Government, South Africa: Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning

Video: Ecological Investment Infrastructure Framework (EIIF) to address the risks of alien invasive species infestations

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Bonn, Germany - Message from Ashok Sridhara, Mayor of Bonn, and President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

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Montréal, Canada - Message from Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal, and ICLEI Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity
   

 

Messages from Organizations

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Mr. Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
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Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General International, Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Watch - Press statement - Website

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Dr. Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
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Dr. David Molden,Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)
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Ms. Robertina Brajanoska, CEO of Macedonian Ecological Society
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Saint Lucia National Trust
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Ms Elena Moreno, Regions4 President for the North and Deputy Minister for the Environment of Basque Country
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Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Germany (in German)
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Ms. Myrna Cunningham, President of Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC)
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Dr. Cordula Weiss of the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
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Mr. Pier Giovanni Capellino, President, Fondazione Capellino
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Ms. Margaret O'Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council
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Ms. Renata Gómez, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Regions4
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Ms. Amanda Katili-Niode, Chair, Omar Niode Foundation, Indonesia
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Ms. Ana Di Pangracio, Biodiversity - Deputy Director, Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina

English - Español

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Ms. Mariana Giozza, VBIO virtual platform, Brazil
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Mr. KC Bansal, Member, Board of Directors, Global Plant Council

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The White Feather Foundation (Julian Lennon), UK
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Global Youth Biodiversity Network
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SAEVUS - Heartwarming messages from Indian children

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Schoolchildren from Benin
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Earth School, Cape Town, South Africa
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Students at Green Land Pré Vert International School (GPIS), Egypt
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Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia
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Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University, Canada
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Engr. Felix Jose M. Vitangcol, Secretary-General, Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST)
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Shumei International, Japan
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Open Letter from 300 Filipino Scientists and Conservationists Calling for a Culture of Care for Nature
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GSS Sustainability, Brazil

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Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME)
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Professor Federica Di Palma, GROW Colombia
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Ms. Nsama Musonda Kearns, Environmental Conservationist, Zambia
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Short messages from India
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Short messages from around the world

 

Messages from indigenous peoples and local communities

Also available on the IIFB website

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Message from Ms. Lucy Mulenkei, Co-chair of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)
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Message from Mr. Ramiro Batzin, Co-chair of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)
   
  Africa
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Ms. Cindi Kobei International Alliance, Kenya
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Ms. Florence Yassi AIWO, Kenya
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Ms. Balkisou Buba IWBN, Cameroon
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Ms. Martha Ntoipo IWBN, Tanzania
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Ms. Lucy Mulenkei, Indigenous Information Nextwork IIN, IIFB, Kenya
   
  Asia
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Mr. Gam A. Shimray, Secretary General, Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
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Ms. Thingreiphi Lunghareo, Indigenous Women and Biodiversity Network (IWBN), Nagaland, India
   
  Central and South America and the Caribbean
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Ms. Florina López Miro. Red de Mujeres Indígenas sobre Biodiversidad de América Latina y El Caribe
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Ms. Irma Pineda, Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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Ms. Jesica Vega, mixteca de México, miembro de la Red de Jóvenes Indígenas en Latino America y el Caribe, y co-presidenta del GIYC
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Yeshing Upún, Maya Kaqchikel de Guatemala
   
  The Arctic
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Sámi Parliament
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Árbediehtu ja dan mearkkašupmi luonddu máŋggahámatvuhtii
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Luándu maaŋgâhámásâšvuotâ já suojâlemkuávluh sehe ärbivuáváliih iäláttâsah
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Luonddu máŋggahámatvuohta ja árbevirolaš biebmu
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Mr. Áslat Holmberg, Saami from Finland, IIFB
   
  North America
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Mr. Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations National
   
  The Pacific
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Daniel Morgan, Cultural Fire Practioner