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#130259
2021-09-03

Productive discussions held towards a landmark new UN biodiversity framework

Montreal, 3 September 2021 – Discussions at the virtual third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) went into recess today, following positive and constructive exchanges that bring the world closer to a clear, ambitious and transformati ...

Press Release
#130145
2021-08-26

Government of Colombia to host hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP featuring heads of state and government to promote ambition for new global biodiversity agreement

Montreal, 26 August 2021 – The Government of Colombia, under the leadership of President Iván Duque Márquez, is hosting a hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP event on Monday, 30 August from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Colombia time/GMT-5) to discuss priorities and expectations for an ambitious and effective ...

Press Release
#130022
2021-08-18

New Global Biodiversity Agreement: China to Host a Two-Part Summit on Nature

Montreal, 18 August 2021 - Decisive in-person meetings on a highly-anticipated new UN agreement on biodiversity have been paused for a few more months by the coronavirus pandemic.

Press Release
#130036
2021-08-18

CBD Secretariat’s new Action Agenda platform fosters “whole-of-society approach” to showcase commitments and actions from non-state actors to put biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030

Montreal, 18 August 2021 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today unveiled its newly designed platform for the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People.

Press Release
#129512
2021-07-12

A New Global Framework for Managing Nature Through 2030: 1st Detailed Draft Agreement Debuts

Montreal, 12 July 2021 – The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat today released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people.

Press Release
#129435
2021-06-30

New finance guide aims to mobilize financial institutions to positively engage with nature

Montreal, 30 June 2021 – The new Financial Sector Guide for the Convention on Biological Diversity aims to mobilise financial institutions to ensure a nature positive world, by fostering better understanding of nature’s importance for the financial sector, providing insight on the Convention on ...

Press Release
#129310
2021-06-14

UN Biodiversity Convention pauses virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 14 June 2021 – Following six weeks of virtual meetings, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has completed the first part of the meetings of its scientific and implementation subsidiary bodies, essential to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework due f ...

Press Release
#129176
2021-06-09

Leading companies respond to biodiversity loss by committing to the Action Agenda for Nature and People

Amsterdam/Montreal, 9 June 2021 – More than 50 companies have stepped forward to show their shared commitment as part of the ‘Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People’ in support of the global biodiversity framework expected to be adopted in October 2021, Kunming , China, ...

Press Release
#128382
2021-05-02

UN Biodiversity Conference virtual meetings to address key Cartagena Protocol Biosafety issues

Montreal, 2 May 2021 - The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides international rules that seek to ensure an adequate level of protection to biodiversity and human health, focusing on transboundary movements of living modifi ...

Press Release
#128383
2021-05-02

UN Biodiversity Convention holds virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 2 May 2021 - UN Biodiversity Convention’s two subsidiary bodies holding virtual meetings over May and June.

Press Release
#128227
2021-04-23

Virtual Science-Policy Forum identifies key biodiversity knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research

Montreal, 23 April 2021 – The virtual sessions of the joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science closed today with participants identifying key biodiversity knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs f ...

Press Release
#127996
2021-04-09

UN Biodiversity Convention confirms dates for subsidiary body meetings critical to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 9 April 2021– Dates and modalities have been confirmed for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), two meetings essential to the development o ...

Press Release
#127806
2021-03-24

Brazil 130th country to ratify Nagoya Protocol to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 24 March 2021 – Brazil, the most biodiverse country in the world, on 4 March 2021 ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, becoming the 130th Party to the UN Convention on Biological Diver ...

Press Release
#127734
2021-03-18

New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 18 March 2020 – New dates have been announced for the UN Biodiversity Conference, now scheduled to take place from 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Press Release
#127119
2021-02-16

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science body holds online informal session to exchange views on key biodiversity issues

Montreal, 16 February 2021 – With the participation of 2000 pre-registered participants, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science will hold an informal session on 17-19, 24-26 February to prepare for the formal meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Tec ...

Press Release
#126893
2021-02-05

Biodiversity Convention and International Tropical Timber Organization renew collaboration to 2025

5 February 2021: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have renewed their longstanding collaboration for another five years, with the aim of supporting CBD Parties and ITTO member countries in the tropics in their efforts to conser ...

Press Release
#126864
2021-02-04

Republic of Korea Funds Phase 2 of Bio-Bridge Initiative

4 February 2021 – The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the second phase of the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI).

Press Release
#126272
2020-12-15

Government pandemic spending measures continue to harm biodiversity: UN Biodiversity Convention discusses biodiversity, One Health and response to COVID-19

15 December 2020 – Government recovery spending continues to harm biodiversity, even as scientists show the importance of halting the loss of nature to prevent future pandemics, the global body charged with protecting the variety of life on Earth heard today.

Press Release
#125913
2020-11-27

UN Biodiversity Convention adopts 2021 interim budget

27 November 2020 – An interim budget for the Convention on Biological Diversity for the year 2021 has been adopted.

Press Release
#125812
2020-11-20

UN Biodiversity Conference’s extraordinary meetings to resume next week

20 November 2020 – With reference to the process and conclusion of the second extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the first extraordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) serving as the meeting of the Parties t ...

Press Release
#125697
2020-11-13

UN Biodiversity Convention’s Conference of the Parties holds three extraordinary meetings to address urgent programmatic matter for 2021

13 November 2020 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting three extraordinary meetings to consider and approve an interim budget for 2021.

Press Release
#125669
2020-11-11

New report shows vast majority of consumers surveyed feel companies morally obligated to protect biodiversity

11 November 2020 – Consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity and want companies to protect it, says new report launched today.

Press Release
#125501
2020-10-29

New IPBES report suggests transformative change urgently needed in global approach to infectious diseases

29 October 2020 – Addressing disruptive human activities and unsustainable consumption and increasing biodiversity conservation are some of the changes needed to proactively deal with infectious diseases, suggests a major new report on biodiversity and pandemics.

Press Release
#125489
2020-10-16

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management urges science-based approach to wildlife management in the context of COVID-19

Montreal 16 October 2020 - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) has released a joint statement calling for a pragmatic, factual and science-based approach to the wildlife management challenges that have arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Release
#125486
2020-10-15

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress celebrates tenth anniversary

15 October 2020 – Today marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#125469
2020-09-23

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation succeeds in aligning actions to protect plant diversity around the world

23 September 2020 – A new report on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), suggests that while the 16 targets of the decades long plan to protect global plant are unlikely to be met, countries have made considerable progress towards achieving many of them.

Press Release
#125471
2020-09-23

Islands of nature – Biodiversity needs the voices and actions of indigenous peoples

Without immediate action we face catastrophic loss of nature and biodiversity and increasing risks of pandemics as a result, as showcased in a major report released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity last week.

Press Release
#125459
2020-09-15

Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns

15 September 2020 – Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report.

Press Release
#125450
2020-08-26

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

26 August 2020 – The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are pleased to announce the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020.

Press Release
#125448
2020-08-23

UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 New Launch Date: Tuesday, 15 September

23 August 2020 - The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), to debut Tuesday 15 September 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people. The report underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the succ ...

Press Release
#125433
2020-07-15

New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

15 July 2020 – New dates have been announced for three key UN meetings, including the UN Biodiversity Conference, crucial to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Press Release
#125421
2020-06-08

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema appointed head of UN Biodiversity Convention

8 June 2020 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#125419
2020-06-03

UN Biodiversity lead welcomes new head of Global Environment Facility

3 June 2020 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has selected Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

Press Release
#125416
2020-05-29

UN Biodiversity Convention on track to develop ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework

29 May 2020 – Due the continued uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on travel and the convening of large physical gatherings, the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) and the third meeting ...

Press Release
#125403
2020-05-19

World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges

19 May 2020 – The critical importance of nature for our wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.”

Press Release
#125133
2020-04-17

UN Biodiversity Summit to be held September 2020 at opening of UN General Assembly

To highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the 75th session of the UN General Assembl ...

Press Release
#125004
2020-04-02

Revised dates and venue announced for two critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings

2 April 2020 – Two meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) permanent subsidiary bodies originally scheduled for May 2020 and then rescheduled for August/September 2020 will now take place in August 2020.

Press Release
#124672
2020-03-17

Arrangements for meetings of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

17 March 2020 – Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others.

Press Release
#124589
2020-03-09

Subregional exchange for the Caribbean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems

9 March 2020 – Representatives from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) will gather 9-13 March in Castries, Saint Lucia for a worksho ...

Press Release
#124524
2020-03-03

World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

Geneva/Montreal/Nairobi/New York, 3 March 2020 –Joining the global celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day, representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, rural communities and youth gathered at the UN Headquarters in ...

Press Release
#124439
2020-03-01

Governments advance in the preparation of a New UN Biodiversity Framework; Negotiations in Rome demonstrate engagement across government and society

1 March 2020. Governments and stakeholders completed the first round of negotiations on the zero draft of a global framework on nature and people that seeks to bend the curve on biodiversity loss by 2030, with the goal of building a future of life in harmony with nature by the year 2050.

Press Release
#124342
2020-02-24

Discussions open in Rome towards a Landmark New UN Biodiversity Framework

24 February 2020. Over 1000 delegates from more than 140 countries started negotiations today at FAO headquarters, Rome on the zero draft of a landmark post-2020 global biodiversity framework and targets for nature to 2030.

Press Release
#124042
2020-01-31

Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework moved to Rome

31 January 2020 - Due to the ongoing situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the COP (Conference of the Parties) Presidency and the Co-C ...

Press Release
#124021
2020-01-29

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

29 January 2020 – Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#123185
2019-12-01

UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body provides advice critical for next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference

1 December 2019 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science suggested elements of the science base that will be used at next year’s biennial UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China that will include discussions on an ambitious, transformative and effective p ...

Press Release
#123138
2019-11-27

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

27 November 2019 – Nominations are now invited for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020. The call for nominations remains open until 30 March 2020.

Press Release
#123135
2019-11-26

Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and Jackson Wild announced today that they are teaming up ...

Press Release
#123096
2019-11-25

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body meets to lay groundwork for next year’s critical UN Biodiversity Conference

25 November 2019 – Over the next five days, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) body on science will meet to lay the groundwork for negotiations to prepare the next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China and achieve an ambitious and effective post-2020 global biodiversit ...

Press Release
#123093
2019-11-22

Governments and representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities outline recommendations for increasing their future participation in the UN Biodiversity Convention within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

22 November 2019 – Delegates to the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (11WG8J) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on a set of recommendations for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Review of Implementation reg ...

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