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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 ...

Press Release
#108506
2016-05-08

First meeting of biodiversity implementation body recommends ways and means to enhance achievement of global biodiversity targets

The first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 1) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Delegates from around the world advanced attention on national action by recommending tools and approaches for implementing the S ...

Press Release
#108469
2016-05-04

Science body of UN convention on biodiversity provides advice to enhance progress towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-20) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 30 April 2016 with the adoption of a number of key recommendations that provide the scientific basis for enhanced implemen ...

Press Release
#108435
2016-05-02

Enhanced implementation, mainstreaming, key issues at first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open today, focusing on increasing efforts related to strengthening the review process and enhance on-the-ground implementation at global, national, sub-national and local ...

Press Release
#108312
2016-04-22

European Union implementation of Nagoya Protocol bolstered by recent ratification of Germany

Germany is 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 to 74. This includes 73 countries and the European Union (EU), which ratified the P ...

Press Release
#108286
2016-04-21

International biodiversity meeting to evaluate progress at the half-way point of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

One of the main bodies under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB) is set to meet next week to discuss issues that will accelerate progress in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieving its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Press Release
#108046
2016-04-11

Mexico urges early ratification of the international treaty on access and benefit-sharing

Montreal, 11 April 2016 – Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, as the incoming president of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in a joint letter with Braulio Ferreira de So ...

Press Release
#108007
2016-04-07

Latin America and Caribbean nations declare support for biodiversity mainstreaming efforts under Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 7 April 2016 – In anticipation of the discussions to take place at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) later this year, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have adopted a decision to enhance imple ...

Press Release
#107829
2016-03-29

Nagoya Protocol sees new ratification and issuance of second internationally recognised certificate of compliance

Following the ratification by Senegal, the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization now stands at 73. In addition, South Africa issued the second internationally recognized ce ...

Press Release
#107638
2016-03-14

Canada and the United States of America Affirm Partnership on Climate Action, Clean Energy, and the Arctic and its Biodiversity

Montreal, 14 March 2016 –The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, applauds the Arctic Partnership announced Thursday by United States President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. Although focus ...

Press Release
#107403
2016-02-26

Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing edges closer to reaching goal of 100 ratifications by year’s end

Montreal, 26 February 2016 – Ratifications by Togo and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has brought the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to 72.

Press Release
#107309
2016-02-19

Press release: Gender-responsive biodiversity policy

For three days in Mexico City over 65 women and men working on issues related to gender and biodiversity in Mexico came together to share experiences and provide input into the development of a gender-responsive National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

Press Release
#107216
2016-02-15

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

Tokyo/Montreal, 15 February 2016 – With the aim to encourage positive action for biodiversity and inspire others by showcasing the notable work of those it honours, nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016. The call for nominations remains open from 15 February to 3 ...

Press Release
#106870
2016-01-15

Nagoya Protocol expected to reach milestone 100 ratifications in 2016

Montreal, 15 January 2016 – Following accession by Slovakia on 29 December 2015, the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization now stands at 70.

Press Release
#106530
2015-12-09

Governments encouraged to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it underpins can deliver benefits that will increase the resilience of people to the impacts of climate change, said current and former executives of major multilateral environmental agreements, at an event in the margins of the Paris Climate Change Confer ...

Press Release
#106033
2015-11-09

Science body of biodiversity convention paves way for further implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Montreal, 9 November 2015 – Governments at an international biodiversity science meeting have agreed on a set of actions for the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Press Release
#105877
2015-10-30

Governments and indigenous peoples developing guidelines to strengthen protection and use of traditional knowledge for biodiversity conservation

Montreal, 30 October 2015 – With traditional blessings by the Elders of the local Mohawk Community of Kahnawake setting the scene, governments, indigenous peoples and local communities from around the world will meet in Montreal, Canada, next week to develop guidelines that will assist Parties a ...

Press Release
#105905
2015-10-30

Biodiversity meeting to examine effectiveness of measures to implement global biodiversity plan

Montreal, 30 October 2015 – Some 600 delegates from around the world will gather together in Montreal, Canada, next week to examine the effectiveness of measures taken by Governments to implement the global biodiversity agenda and mainstream biodiversity into sustainable development through impl ...

Press Release
#105749
2015-10-21

Governments should consider the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Montreal, 21 October 2015 – Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it underpins can be the basis for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies as they can deliver benefits that will, according to the outcomes of a recent technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches to ...

Press Release
#105576
2015-10-07

The first internationally recognized certificate of compliance is issued under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 7 October 2015 – The first internationally recognized certificate of compliance was issued on 1 October 2015, following a permit made available to the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House by India.

Press Release
#105452
2015-09-28

With 66 ratifications, Parties to the CBD show their commitment to the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 28 September 2015 – Two new ratifications this month to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization brings the total number of ratifications to the ground-breaking treaty under the Convention on Biolog ...

Press Release
#104581
2015-07-16

New report demonstrates that we are jeopardizing the planet’s capacity to sustain a healthy future

Montreal, 16 July 2015 – Though there have been rapid advances in human health, the continuing degradation of our planetary systems does not bode well for its future. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health launched a comprehensive report entitled “Safeguarding hu ...

Press Release
#104478
2015-07-03

New manual presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management in sensitive biodiversity areas

Montreal, 3 July 2015 – Enforcing the notion that a healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#104402
2015-06-25

2015 UEBT Biodiversity Barometer shows additional efforts needed to reach UN targets on biodiversity awareness

Montreal, 25 June 2015 – An average of 69% of respondents in nine countries say they have heard of biodiversity, but additional outreach efforts are needed for the world to reach global targets on biodiversity awareness set under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#104163
2015-06-04

Loss of biodiversity impacts human health, says CBD and WHO

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of k ...

Press Release
#103901
2015-05-19

Bio-Bridge Initiative funding agreement signed to promote technical and scientific cooperation on biodiversity

Montreal, 19 May 2015 – The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the purpose of promoting technical and scientific co-operation and to support achievement of the goals and targets of the Convention, have today signed a funding agreement for ...

Press Release
#103758
2015-05-07

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress comes closer to entry into force with the latest ratification by Slovakia

Montreal, 7 May 2015 – With Slovakia’s ratification on 29 April 2015, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only nine more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#103542
2015-04-20

Comprehensive report on synthetic biology discusses impacts on biodiversity and reviews existing regulatory regimes

Montreal, 20 April 2015 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity discusses the potential for synthetic biology to have both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and looks at the role and adequacy of existing risk assessment and regulatory regimes to ...

Press Release
#103065
2015-03-09

Denmark’s ratification edges the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress closer to entry into force

Montreal, 9 March 2015 – With Denmark’s ratification on 25 February, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has received 75% of the necessary ratifications, with only 11 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force.

Press Release
#103009
2015-03-03

Press Release: Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife (CPW) launches sourcebook on bushmeat

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of hu ...

Press Release
#102778
2015-02-13

Report on health and biodiversity demonstrates human health benefits from protecting biodiversity

Montreal/Kolkata, 13 February 2015 – A ground-breaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health.

Press Release
#102208
2014-12-11

Major sustainable development outcomes of biodiversity meeting to be transmitted to 69th session of UN General Assembly for consideration in post-2015 Development Agenda

Today, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea presented United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with three major outcomes of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the role of biodiversity for sustainabl ...

Press Release
#102162
2014-12-05

Scientists and policy makers call for greater efforts to integrate biodiversity into climate change politics

Lima, 5 December 2014 – A group of scientists and policymakers delivered a declaration to the Minister of the Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, the president of UNFCCC Cop-20,that calls for integrated research on biodiversity and climate change and increased recognition of key biodiversi ...

Press Release
#101942
2014-11-20

Compendium on Protected Area Governance and Management launched at 6th World Parks Congress

Montreal/Sydney, 20 November 2014 – A new compendium providing the latest and best professional information needed for protected area practitioner capacity development was released this week in the margins of the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress.

Press Release
#101979
2014-11-15

SPREP and CBD Strengthen Commitments to Biodiversity Conservation in the Pacific

Sydney, 15 November 2014 - The signing of an agreement over the weekend between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was a fitting culmination to the Pacific Islands Dialogue to prepare for Pacif ...

Press Release
#101566
2014-10-21

Sustainable wildlife management essential for protecting biodiversity

Montreal, 21 October 2014 – Recognizing that wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, have passed a ...

Press Release
#101479
2014-10-17

Countries adopt measures to strengthen and support implementation at first meeting of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Governments have agreed to a series of actions that will further bolster the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, facilitate its effective implementation, and ensure that countries have the necessary resources to take the next steps to implement the treaty, which entered into force ear ...

Press Release
#101483
2014-10-17

Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

Press Release
#101454
2014-10-16

Korea launches forest initiative to help countries achieve global biodiversity goals

Montreal/Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014 – To assist countries in achieving the globally-agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) on 14 October 2014, in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties ...

Press Release
#101477
2014-10-16

Convention on Biological Diversity joins the world community in celebrating World Food Day

16 October, 2014, Pyeongchang - Smallholder farmers throughout the world play a key role in maintaining natural resources through the use of sustainable practices, and can significantly contribute the conservation of biodiversity, the Convention on Biological Diversity stressed today, in a join ...

Press Release
#101478
2014-10-16

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Launches Initiative on Global Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production

Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014. Understanding that the impacts of agricultural commodity production on biodiversity are immense and that food commodity production has the largest environmental impact of any human activity, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity launched the Ini ...

Press Release
#101451
2014-10-15

Renewing Partnership between the International Tropical Timber Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Pyeongchang, 15 October 2014 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) renewed an agreement today to continue to closely collaborate over the coming six years. The first Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2010 ...

Press Release
#101449
2014-10-13

UN treaty bodies renew partnership to save tropical forests’ rich treasure of biological resources

Pyeongchang, 13 October 2014 – The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – the United Nations treaty-based organization uniquely focused on tropical forests – and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) renewed a partnership agreement to enhance biodiversity c ...

Press Release
#101388
2014-10-12

Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge comes into effect today

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) enters into force today, providing the world with a mechanism to ensure that access to and the sharing of the benefits from the us ...

Press Release
#101361
2014-10-10

UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species - Guidance targets pets, terrarium and aquarium species and live bait

PyeongChang/Montreal, 10 October 2014 – The Convention on Biological Diversity today adopted new guidance to tackle the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food.

Press Release
#101234
2014-10-06

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 calls for bold and accelerated action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity

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