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A special edition of the CBD News is now available.

This issue of the CBD News offers historical perspectives on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Convention.

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Handbook of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The 3rd edition of the Handbook of the Convention on Biological Diversity is now available in PDF format.

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Handbook of the Financial Mechanism

The 2nd edition of the Handbook of the Financial Mechanism under the Convention on Biological Diversity including two companions on Operations of the Global Environment Facility and Biodiversity Projects Financed by the Global Environment Facility is now available in both PDF and Word formats.

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FAO e-conference on biotechnology and genetic resources for food and agriculture

The e-mail conference, which is moderated and open to everyone, runs from 6 June to 3 July 2005 and is hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum.

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Guidelines on biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment for review

The Secretariat, in collaboration with the International Association for Impact Assessment and the Netherlands Commission for Impact Assessment, has prepared revised guidelines on biodiversity-inclusive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Please se ...

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Climate Change and Biodiversity Informal Joint Meeting and Reception (30 November 2005)

An informal joint meeting and reception for participants in the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technologica ...

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Ahmed Djoghlaf assumes duties as Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Calls for a global alliance to combat biodiversity loss

Montreal, 3 January 2006 – Calling on the citizens of the world to join in the effort to preserve life on earth, a 52 year-old Algerian man with a passion for poetry and forest walks takes up the helm of the world’s key biological treaty today. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, appoin ...

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World community urged to protect biodiversity in deserts - theme for International Day for Biological Diversity announced

“One in six people depends on these fragile ecosystems for their survival,” said Mr. Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention. “These are the poorest of the poor and any further degradation of the biodiversity of drylands will lead to increased poverty.”

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Indigenous and local communities have important role to play in implementation of Biodiversity Convention: Ahmed Djoghlaf

Montreal – 10 January 2006. Stressing the role of traditional knowledge and the practices of indigenous and local communities in biodiversity conservation, Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, reiterated the importance of the participation of indige ...

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Message of Ahmed Djoghlaf to the citizens of Brazil

I call on all citizens of Brazil to ensure that the Curitiba International Conference be remembered by future generations as the birth place of a new era of enhanced implementation of the Convention

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THE VIRTUAL CURITIBA BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE - <a href=http://2010.biodiv.org>http://2010.biodiv.org</a>

At a press conference with the Minister of the Environment for Brazil, H.E.M. Minister Marina Silva, on the preparation of the International Ministerial Curitiba Biodiversity Conference to be held in March, Dr. Djoghlaf announced the official launch of the Virtual Curitiba Biodiversity Conference.

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Nature is at the heart of the cultures and values of traditional societies.

Remarks by Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf, at the opening of the fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions.

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There will be no biological diversity on our planet if there is no cultural diversity

Remarks by Doña Cristina Narbona Ruiz, Minister of the Environment for Spain at the fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions. (Text in Spanish)

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The successful conclusion of your negotiations will put an end to the current uncertainty

Remarks by Ahmed Djoghlaf at the Opening session of the fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing.

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"Friends of the Convention on Life on Earth” in Gambia will promote action for the planet by civil society

The Gambia becomes the first Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to establish a forum for citizen engagement on action for the 2010 biodiversity target.

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“You can count on Brazil to protect the biodiversity of our planet”

Speaking today in New York, where he was meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, hailed the decision of the President of Brazil, H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to place 6.4 million hectares of the Amazon rain forest under direct environmental protection.

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Message to Children and Youth of the World

In his message to Children and Youth of the World, Ahmed Djoghlaf addresses the young generation and calls them to action. The message is issued on the margins of the “Mission-Durable” Youth Conference in Montreal, Canada where youth is invited to reflect on personal engagement and sustainability.

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E-forum on the impact of avian influenza on wildlife

In preparation for the Brainstorming meeting on the impact of avian influenza on wildlife, to be held in Curitiba, Brazil, 19 March 2006, the Secretariat has launched an electronic forum on the same topic to enable all experts to contribute to these discussions.

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Statement to environmental NGOs

The people of the world will remain forever indebted to local, national and international non-governmental organizations for their unique contribution in placing environment issues, including biodiversity-related concerns, on the international agenda.

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Plitvice the birthplace and Croatia the founding member of the Museum on Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

“Plitvice Lakes National Park—a World Heritage site—will be remembered as the birthplace, and Croatia as the founding member, of the Museum of Culture and Nature of the Convention on Biological Diversity,” said Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention. <a href=http://www.bio ...

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First ever scientific assessment of the impact of avian flu on wildlife and biodiversity launched

International experts in animal health, public policy, conservation biology and law from around the world including those that experienced avian-flu outbreaks, will gather in Curitiba next month to assess for the first time the potential impacts of the avian flu on wildlife and to share their ex ...

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Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf calls on the citizens of Canada to join forces with their Convention by establishing “Canadian Friends of the Convention on Life on Earth”

2006 marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the permanent Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. It is a time to reflect. And it provides an opportunity to renew action aimed at achieving the internationally agreed target of reducing the rate of loss of ...

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"Africa has demonstrated its commitment to the protection of its environment for the benefit of present and future generations."

In his message to the African People, Ahmed Djoghlaf welcomes the continent-wide Action Plan developed under the leadership of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), AMCEN and the African Union.

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Governments to resume negotiations in Brazil on the implementation of the international treaty on living modified organisms

Next week in Curitiba, the ecological capital of Brazil, the 132 Parties to the Protocol will gather for their third meeting to further advance the objective of this treaty, which upon its adoption was hailed by the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Klaus Töpfer, as the first new legal environmen ...

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Message to women of the world on the occasion of International Women's Day

"the survival of women, their well-being and empowerment depend on biodiversity"

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Opening Statement by Fatimah Raya Nasron, the President of the COP-MOP 3 to COP-MOP 3

In her Opening Statement, she stressed that: “The Protocol clearly stipulates that the meeting of the Parties shall take a decision on the detailed requirements of identification of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed, or for processing." Reminding the delegates th ...

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Ahmed Djoghlaf makes Opening Statement to COP-MOP 3

March 13, 2006 Curitiba, Brazil -- Reminding his distinguished audience that "The Cartagena Protocol is one of the most important materializations of the spirit of the Rio Declaration and chapter 16 of Agenda 21", the Executive Secretary of the CBD exhorted them to: "Let a new page of the Proto ...

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Achim Steiner nominated as new Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) warmly welcomes the nomination of Mr. Achim Steiner as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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The Largest Biodiversity Meeting in Decades Meets in Brazil

The ecological capital city of Brazil, Curitiba will be the host to the largest biodiversity gathering since the World Review Summit of September last year.

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Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf to local authorities

Local authorities are the guardians of environmental resources and the government representatives closest to the people.

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Global Biodiversity Outlook 2 Released at COP-8

Marina Silva, The Minister of the Environment for Brazil, and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity launch Global Biodiversity Outlook 2, the roadmap for achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Target.

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Message from Ahmed Djoghlaf on the occasion of World Water Day

Water is vital for the survival of human beings and for sustaining life on Earth. It is also home to an extraordinarily high level of biodiversity.

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Top Natural History Centers Target the 2010 Biodiversity Target

A new alliance of some of the world’s top research centres and agencies specializing in biodiversity was today enlisted in the battle to save life on Earth.

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Opening Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of COP 8

From the dawn of humanity we have always lived in harmony with nature and enjoyed its bounty. However our umbilical link with Mother Nature is now being seriously eroded.

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A Global Island Partnership launched by the President of Palau at the Curitiba Biodiversity Conference

The President of Palau, the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada and Kiribati launched the “Global Island Partnership” aimed at enhancing marine and terrestrial protected areas as a major contribution of achieving the Heads of State commitment ...

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A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

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Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

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Message from Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the Occasion of the Launch of World Migratory Bird Day, 9 April 2006

All over the world, different cultures associate migratory birds with the renewal of life. Their arrival signals the beginning of Spring and the joys of a gentler season.

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Major Canadian institutions pledge support for the Convention for Life on Earth

<a href=/images/photos/gallery/bioday2006/bioday-2006-01.jpg>(Photo may be downloaded from here)</a>

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Compendium of side events

<br>Events held during the fourth meetings of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing and the Ad-Hoc Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on Article. 8(j) and related provisions held in Granada, Spain 23 January until 3 February 2006 is available for down-loading. Ha ...

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