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Press Release
#116174
2018-03-05

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress comes into force

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force today, 5 March 2018.

Press Release
#116053
2018-02-19

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

19 February 2018 – Nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018. The call for nominations remains open until 15 June 2018.

Press Release
#115567
2017-12-16

Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention adopts key recommendations that will inform discussions on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Delegates to the science body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) closed their meeting this week, sending a number of recommendations to the next UN Biodiversity Conference that set the stage for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and preparation of the post-2020 global b ...

Press Release
#115570
2017-12-16

Governments agree on the contribution of traditional knowledge to global biodiversity policy

16 DECEMBER 2017 – Delegates to the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed on a set of recommendations related to the contributions of indigenous peoples and local communities to the Convention ...

Press Release
#115553
2017-12-12

Governments and indigenous peoples meet to discuss contribution of traditional knowledge and their collective actions to global biodiversity policy

12 DECEMBER 2017 – Following traditional blessings by Elders of the local Mohawk Community of Kahnawake, delegates to the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity will begin discussions on a number of im ...

Press Release
#115556
2017-12-12

UN Biodiversity Convention and Future Earth strengthen collaboration in order to aid countries in achieving global conservation goals

12 DECEMBER 2017 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Future Earth today agreed to strengthen their collaboration around a number of key areas.

Press Release
#115551
2017-12-11

Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention meets to lay foundation for post-2020 global biodiversity targets

11 December 2017 – The science body under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meets this week to discuss a wide array of biodiversity-related issues critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and tackling climate change.

Press Release
#115512
2017-12-06

States fulfil their commitment: Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress obtains required number of ratifications for entry into force

6 December 2017 – The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, following the deposit of the instrument of acceptance by Japan on 5 December 2017, will enter into force on 5 March 2018.

Press Release
#115205
2017-11-15

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Development Law Organization celebrate launch of 2017-2018 capacity building program

15 November 2017 –The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Development Law Organization renewed their collaboration for a joint capacity building program to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Eq ...

Press Release
#115168
2017-11-13

UN Heads call for assistance to address linked climate change, biodiversity and desertification threats

13 November 2017 – The Executive Secretaries of the Biological Diversity, Climate Change, and Desertification Conventions are calling for the establishment of a Facility to secure finance for large projects that will help to address common issues.

Press Release
#114828
2017-10-12

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Biosafety Protocol edges closer to entering into force

12 October 2017 – With the Democratic Republic of the Congo depositing its instrument of accession on 4 October 2017, the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only one more instrument of ratification, acceptance, approva ...

Press Release
#114429
2017-09-14

New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

14 September 2017 – The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today released a new publication titled Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development

Press Release
#113590
2017-07-04

With Ratification by Central African Republic, Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress closer to entering into force

4 July 2017 – Central African Republic deposited its instrument of ratification to the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 15 June 2017.

Press Release
#113488
2017-06-27

Farm practices must change to protect endangered species and habitats

ZURICH, June 27, 2017 — Sustainable agriculture practices must be widely implemented in order to stem an alarming loss of biodiversity and to protect endangered species.

Press Release
#113201
2017-06-07

Kuwait will become the 100th party to the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

7 June 2017 – On the 5th of June 2017, Kuwait ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing the total number of ratificatio ...

Press Release
#113159
2017-06-05

Global marine protected area target of 10% to be achieved by 2020

5 June 2017 – With recent commitments made by governments around the globe, the world is on track to protect over 10% of the globe’s marine areas by 2020, announced Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#112982
2017-05-22

The Republic of Korea ratifies the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

22 May 2017 – On Friday, 19 May 2017, the Republic of Korea became the 98th country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

Press Release
#112984
2017-05-22

International Biodiversity Day 2017 celebrated under theme of “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”

22 May 2017 – In today’s global celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, under the theme of ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’, people are examing the positive but also potentially negative impacts that tourism can have on biodiversity.

Press Release
#112986
2017-05-22

Japan ratifies the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

22 May 2017 – On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Japan became the latest country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications ...

Press Release
#112722
2017-05-02

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress closer to entering into force

2 May 2017 – Cuba deposited its instrument of accession to the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 26 April 2017. Thus only three more ratifications are required for the Supplementary Protocol to enter into force.

Press Release
#112492
2017-04-10

Mainstreaming biodiversity contributes to achievement of sustainable development, says new biodiversity chief to UN Secretary-General

10 April 2017 – Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General Antón ...

Press Release
#112273
2017-03-20

Cristiana Paşca Palmer assumes position as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

20 March 2017 – Cristiana Paşca Palmer today assumed office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the principal global treaty on biodiversity.

Press Release
#111479
2016-12-18

UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

Press Release
#111447
2016-12-14

Biodiversity Convention and WWF champion biodiversity awareness, Sign MOU in support of Aichi Biodiversity Target 1

14 December 2016 -The Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (SCBD) and WWF International have signed an MoU to collaborate in implementing CBD’s Global Communications Strategy together with CBD Parties, partners and the broader conservation community to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target ...

Press Release
#111401
2016-12-12

Cancun Communiqué on the Role of Legislators in Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

We, legislators gathered together on the occasion of the CBD COP13 Legislators Forum at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2016, on 7 December 2016, have discussed practical strategies and success stories in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, ...

Press Release
#111372
2016-12-09

FAO, SPREP and CBD introduce guide on mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands

9 December 2016 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), today released a technical document that provides guidance on mainstreaming ecosystem servi ...

Press Release
#111264
2016-12-05

Bioblitz documentary aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of biodiversity to be screened at UN Biodiversity Conference

5 December 2016 – With the aim of raising public awareness about the importance of biodiversity, a documentary detailing what it is like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring the biodiversity of the Grand Lake protected natural area in the Canadian province of New Brunswick will be show ...

Press Release
#111249
2016-12-04

Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets

4 December 2016 - Ministers from around the world committed to working together to save biodiversity and take urgent action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and backed this with a host of specific commitments.

Press Release
#111196
2016-12-02

2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum to focus on opportunities for business

2 December 2016 – Immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference, and in parallel with the High-Level Segment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of Mexico are hosting the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico, from 2-3 Decemb ...

Press Release
#111172
2016-12-01

More than 190 Governments prepare to take tough decisions to stop biodiversity decline worldwide

1 December 2016 – At a critical meeting opening tomorrow, the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries to step up efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people.

Press Release
#111142
2016-11-29

The Honolulu Challenge: an ambitious initiative to tackle the threat of invasive alien species

29 November 2016 - Governments, non-governmental organizations and local communities have taken up the Honolulu Challenge and agreed to take bold actions to counter invasive alien species that harm biodiversity.

Press Release
#110665
2016-10-31

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

31 October 2016 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016 have today been announced. The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to honour individuals who have made o ...

Press Release
#110668
2016-10-31

UN biodiversity report identifies risks and uncertainties of novel strategies to tackle climate change

31 OCTOBER 2016 – The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming. Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all ...

Press Release
#110644
2016-10-29

1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity promotes strengthening links between biological and cultural diversity

29 OCTOBER 2016 – The 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, held from 27-29 October in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, produced a regional Declaration on Biocultural Diversity and an annex of practical actions that can be taken at different levels to strengthen the links between ...

Press Release
#110582
2016-10-26

Mexico launches biodiversity and business alliance

26 OCTOBER 2016 – The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched 17 October 2016 in Mexico City.

Press Release
#110438
2016-10-14

Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity celebrates two-year anniversary of entry into force

14 October 2016 – This week marks the two-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#110286
2016-10-03

Four more instruments of ratifications needed for the entry into force of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

With Swaziland’s accession on 21 September 2016, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only four more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#109926
2016-09-09

Five more countries ratify the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

9 September 2016 – France, Mali, the Netherlands, the Republic of Moldova and Sweden are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to 85.

Press Release
#109658
2016-08-19

Ratifications by Belgium and Bulgaria strengthen EU commitment to Nagoya Protocol

19 August 2016 – Belgium and Bulgaria are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), bringing the total number of ratifications to 80.

Press Release
#109518
2016-08-09

FAO Committee on Forestry Calls for Collaboration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Lead up to the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal/Rome, 9 August 2016 – The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO23), which took place in Rome, Italy 18-22 July 2016, took an effective approach that focused on the interlinkages between forest and other sectors and issues, including biodiversity and climate change.

Press Release
#109256
2016-07-22

101 countries have adopted new national commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity

22 July 2016 – One hundred and one Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have now submitted new national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), setting out their national contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, a set of 20 global target ...

Press Release
#109084
2016-07-05

New report addresses need for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into agricultural production and management in East Africa

Montreal, 5 July 2016 –The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have launched a technical guidance document which aims to promote mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services into agriculture thr ...

Press Release
#109082
2016-07-04

Supporting gender-responsive biodiversity conservation in Uganda

Montreal, 4 July 2016 – Uganda, a country renowned for its rich biodiversity, is taking strides to integrate gender considerations into its national policies, plans and programmes to implement its obligations under the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Press Release
#108889
2016-06-13

Recent moves by China, Finland and Zambia edge Nagoya Protocol closer to goal of 100 ratifications

Montreal, 13 June 2016 – China, Finland and Zambia are the latest countries to ratify the ground-breaking Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to the treaty to 78.

Press Release
#108818
2016-06-03

Integrating agricultural issues in national biodiversity strategies

Montreal/Nairobi, 3 June 2016 – Biodiversity and ecosystem services are at the heart of many solutions to sustainable increase in agricultural productivity. They not only deliver better outcomes for food and nutrition security but also reduce negative environmental externalities of production.

Press Release
#108708
2016-05-27

CBD Executive Secretary Welcomes the Launch of Healthy Environment, Healthy People

Montreal, 27 May 2016 – Braulio Dias, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, welcomes a new UNEP report on environment and health which links a healthy environment and healthy ecosystems as the basis for the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Press Release
#108706
2016-05-26

Consumers ready to contribute to protection of biodiversity, but need information and reputable brands to guide their choice

Montreal/Paris, 26 May 2016 – More and more people are aware of biodiversity. If credible information and reputable brands are available, consumers are ready to purchase biodiversity-friendly products and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. These are among the la ...

Press Release
#108702
2016-05-25

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Biosafety Protocol comes closer to entry into force with the latest ratifications by Congo, Liberia and Togo

Montreal, 25 May 2016 – With Congo’s accession on 16 May 2016, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only six more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#108700
2016-05-23

A major series of four regional reports entitled The State of Biodiversity – a mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan, have been launched.

The four reports, one each for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean offer a regional perspective of the Convention’s 2014 publication Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GB0-4). Using a similar approach and method of analysis to that of GBO-4, each of the regi ...

Press Release
#108678
2016-05-20

G7 Environment Ministers' communique welcomed by Head of Biodiversity Convention

The Toyama communiqué issued by G7 environment ministers has been welcomed by Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), for its strong support to both the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as the theme of the upcoming thirteenth Meetin ...

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