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International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 - Messages


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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


Message from HE Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Message from the President of Colombia


Message from HE Mr. Iván Duque

Message from the President of the United Nations General Assembly


Message from Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande



Messages from COP Presidencies

COP 2 Presidency: Indonesia - HE Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry
idb-2020-msg-ke COP 5 Presidency: Kenya - HE Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry
MoE Malaysia

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

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


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)
Jingyuan Xia 1
Message from Mr. Jingyuan Xia, Secretary, International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)


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)

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Message from Mr. Kent Nnadozie, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)
Mechtild Rössler 1
Message from Dr. Mechtild Rössler, Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC)
Amy Fraenkel 2
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)
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
India - Message from HE Mr. J. Justin Mohan, Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority
Iran - Message from HE Dr. Kaiomars Kalantari, Deputy Head of the Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the Department of Environment

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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HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi 1
United Arab Emirates - Message from HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah


Messages from Subnational Governments


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

Ashok Sridharan

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

Marco Lambertini 1
Mr. Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
Grethel Aguilar 1
Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General International, Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

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Dr. Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
Dr. David Molden,Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)
Ms. Robertina Brajanoska, CEO of Macedonian Ecological Society
Saint Lucia National Trust
Ms Elena Moreno, Regions4 President for the North and Deputy Minister for the Environment of Basque Country
Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Germany (in German)
Myrna Cunningham
Ms. Myrna Cunningham, President of Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC)
Cordula Weiss 1
Dr. Cordula Weiss of the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Pier Giovanni Capellino 1
Mr. Pier Giovanni Capellino, President, Fondazione Capellino
Margaret O’Gorman 1
Ms. Margaret O'Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council
Renata Gómez
Ms. Renata Gómez, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Regions4
Ms. Amanda Katili-Niode, Chair, Omar Niode Foundation, Indonesia

Ms. Ana Di Pangracio, Biodiversity - Deputy Director, Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina

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Ms. Mariana Giozza, VBIO virtual platform, Brazil

Mr. KC Bansal, Member, Board of Directors, Global Plant Council

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The White Feather Foundation (Julian Lennon), UK
Global Youth Biodiversity Network

SAEVUS - Heartwarming messages from Indian children

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Schoolchildren from Benin
Earth School 4
Earth School, Cape Town, South Africa
Students at Green Land Pré Vert International School (GPIS), Egypt
Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia
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Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University, Canada
Engr. Felix Jose M. Vitangcol, Secretary-General, Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST)
Shumei International, Japan
Open Letter from 300 Filipino Scientists and Conservationists Calling for a Culture of Care for Nature

GSS Sustainability, Brazil

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


Messages from indigenous peoples and local communities

Also available on the IIFB website

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