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Press Release
#118886
2018-11-29

196 Governments agree to scale up investments in nature and people towards 2020 and beyond: UN Biodiversity Conference closes in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

29 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP14) closed tonight with broad international agreement on reversing the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss threatening all forms of life on Earth.

Press Release
#6235
2003-05-21

2010 - The Global Biodiversity Challenge

London 21 May 2003 – More than 150 biodiversity experts from around the world are gathered in London, UK for a three day global meeting on the internationally agreed target of significantly reducing the current rates of biodiversity loss by the year 2010. The meeting brings together Government e ...

Press Release
#47833
2008-05-28

3 Heads of State, 87 Ministers to Open Biodiversity High Level Conference

Bonn, 27 May—The leaders of Germany, Canada and Palau, together with 87 ministers, will open high-level talks aimed at promoting the protection of the world’s biodiversity at the World Conference Center in Bonn tomorrow morning, 28 May, and continue at the Maritim Hotel through Friday, 30 May.

Press Release
#74721
2010-10-29

A new era of living in harmony with Nature is born at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Nagoya, Japan 29 October 2010. Some 18,000 participants representing the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and their partners closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit by adopting historic decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented challe ...

Press Release
#118859
2018-11-15

African ministers adopt a Pan-African action agenda on ecosystem restoration: Agree to build momentum to implement commitments for biodiversity

15 November 2018 - African Ministers of Environment together with partner organizations committed to an ambitious action agenda taking a coherent approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change.

Press Release
#130623
2021-10-07

Agenda for Part One of UN Biodiversity Conference

Montreal, 7 October 2021 – Part One of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) gets underway in Kunming, China, on 11 October 2021. Due to the pandemic situation, this first phase of the conference will be held mostly virtually, with limited onsite participation in Kunming

Press Release
#18653
2006-01-03

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 ...

Press Release
#65027
2009-11-09

Aichi/Nagoya International E-Conference on the Post 2010 Biodiversity Target (ANIEC 2010)

Montreal 9 November 2009. Today, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) launched the Aichi/Nagoya International E-Conference on the Post 2010 Biodiversity Target (ANIEC 2010) to gather views from the broad and diverse groups of biodiversity stakeholders on actions that ...

Press Release
#70236
2010-05-21

An Enhanced Communication Tool for a New Biodiversity Era - The website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) enhanced to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity and the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 21 May 2010 – The new look and feel of the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be launched on 22 May 2010 to mark the annual celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#79541
2011-06-06

Arabic version of CBD website inaugurated as a contribution to achieving the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Arabic version of the website of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was launched today at the occasion of the opening of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair an ...

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
#90843
2012-10-20

At United Nations Biodiversity Conference, countries agree to double resources for biodiversity protection by 2015 - Special attention for biodiversity-rich marine areas among other key outcomes.

Hyderabad, India 20 October 2012 -The world’s governments have agreed to increase funding in support of actions to halt the rate of loss of biodiversity at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which ended today.

Press Release
#61149
2009-07-10

Biodiversity Challenges and Reponses on the Agenda of the G8 Summit of L’Aquila, Italy

From 8-10 July 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy, Leaders of the G8 endorsed a biodiversity action plan that includes support for completing the negotiation on Access and Benefit Sharing, post-2010 actions and on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Press Release
#46960
2008-04-30

Biodiversity Integral Component of the Development Platform for the South, Recommends G77 Expert Panel (as corrected on 8 May 2008)

Montreal, 30 April 2008. The inaugural meeting of the High-level Panel of Eminent Personalities on the Development Platform for the South, held in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda on 29-30 April 2008, has recommended in the draft Development Platform for the South a multi-year plan of action to i ...

Press Release
#92072
2013-02-07

Biodiversity at the centre of sustainable development: CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, briefs UN Secretary-General, senior UN officials

Montreal, 7 February 2013 – In a working visit to United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 16 January 2013, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias briefed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the major outcomes of the eleventh meeting ...

Press Release
#59084
2009-04-23

Biodiversity elevated to the top of the G8 environmental dialogue

In concluding their meeting held in Syracuse, Italy, from 22 to24 April 2009, the G8 Ministers of the Environment with eleven of their partners adopted, at the initiative of the host country, the “Carta di Siracusa” on Biodiversity.

Press Release
#84992
2012-01-10

Biodiversity on top of the environmental agenda in the Arab region

Montreal, 10 January 2012– At the 23rd meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), held in Cairo, Egypt, from 21 to 22 December 2011, Ministers adopted the Report and the recommendations of the 12th Arab Working Group on Desertification and Biodiversity meet ...

Press Release
#26725
2006-11-06

Brainstorming session on South-South cooperation and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Working together to protect life on Earth

Montreal – 6 November 2006 – Under the leadership of South Africa, the group of 131 developing countries, known as the Group of 77 and China, is launching the first initiative in the history of multilateral environmental agreements aimed at preparing a multi-year plan of action on South-South co ...

Press Release
#85843
2012-02-15

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias assumes helm at Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 15 February 2012 – Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias today began his tenure as the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Secretariat’s offices in Montreal, Canada.

Press Release
#47028
2008-05-01

Brunei Darussalam Becomes the 191st Party to the Convention

Montreal 1 May –2008. Brunei Darussalam, one of the richest countries in term of biological diversity and a partner to the Heart of Borneo Initiative has decided to join the Convention on Biological Diversity. Brunei Darussalam deposited its instrument of accession on 28 April 2008 and will bec ...

Press Release
#42743
2008-01-14

Brunei Darussalam Initiates the Procedure to Become 191st Party to the CBD

Montreal – 14 January 2008. At the invitation of the Government of Brunei, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, paid an official visit on 12 January 2008 to Bandar Seri Begwin in Brunei Darussalam. During his visit, the Executive Secretary ...

Press Release
#73864
2010-09-29

Building bridges for Biodiversity: Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture pays official visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 29 September 2010. As the world prepares for the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governor of Ishikawa prefecture, Masinori Tanimoto, accompanied by an important delegation, paid a visit to the Secretariat to prepare the clos ...

Press Release
#6238
2003-08-01

Building pertnerships through effective networking<br>Largest event-ever biodiversity information meeting to develop blueprint for technical and scientific exchange

More than eighty stakeholders and biodiversity information experts from the Americas will attend the joint meeting of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) and the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancun, Mexico, August 12-14 ...

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
#118881
2018-11-21

CIC Markhor Award: Finland Leading the Way in Wetland Conservation

21 November 2018 - The two-year wait is over! Amidst the beating sun of Sharm-el-Sheikh comes a project from the cold, dark winter of Northern Europe.

Press Release
#80195
2011-06-28

Carpathian Convention signs Tourism Protocol based on CBD Guidelines, Ramsar Convention involved in similar effort

Montreal, 28 June 2011 – On 27 May 2011, the seven Parties to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine) signed a protocol on sustainable tourism in Bratislava, Slovakia, that ...

Press Release
#74106
2010-10-06

Conservation community urges United States ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Whatever Happened to Biodiversity?

Montreal, 6 October 2010 – On 29 September 2010, Conservation International organized a briefing to United States Congressional staff on key new developments in the fight to protect the Earth’s biodiversity and on opportunities for the United States to re-engage internationally based on the lead ...

Press Release
#26089
2006-10-16

Convention nears universal coverage as Timor-Leste becomes newest member.

Montreal – 16 October 2006 - The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity on October 10 2006. The Convention will enter into force for Timor-Leste on 8 January 2007, making it the 189th Party to the Convention.<br><br><tab ...

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
#45440
2008-03-25

Dialogue with the Chairman of the Group of 77 and China in New York on the Preparations for Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal - 25 March 2008. In the context of continued dialogue between Parties to the Convention and heads of regional groups and the Secretariat, a delegation from Antigua and Barbuda, which holds the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China at United Nations Headquarters in New York for 2008 ...

Press Release
#58370
2009-03-27

Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 27 March 2009 – Following the convening of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the regional preparatory committee on the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division of th ...

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
#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
#65444
2009-11-19

Enhancing Preparations for the Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 19 November 2009 – A powerful delegation from Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 16-17 November to discuss substantive preparations for the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to ...

Press Release
#69201
2010-04-12

Ensuring Compliance of All Parties With Their Reporting Obligations on the Implementation of the 2010 Biodiversity Target

Manama, Bahrain, 12 April 2010-At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, world leaders agreed to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. The 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity decided to submit before March 2009 a national report on the implementat ...

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
#27024
2006-11-13

Framework for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity: Outcome of the Brainstorming Meeting– Montreal 6–8 November 2006

Montreal – 13 November 2006: The 24 experts who participated in the Brainstorming Meeting on South-South Cooperation (SSC) on Biodiversity in Montreal from 6-8 November 2006 laid the groundwork for a plan of action to enhance the capacity of developing countries.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b> ...

Press Release
#49419
2008-07-09

G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit — A Historic Contribution to Biodiversity

Montreal, 9 July 2008. On 9 July 2008, leaders of the G8 committed themselves to a ground-breaking plan for action to stem the loss of biodiversity. In the Declaration of the G8 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit that concluded today in Japan.

Press Release
#71262
2010-06-30

G8 Leaders Highlight Critical Importance of Biodiversity

Montreal, 30 June 2010 – At their annual summit, held on 25-26 June in Muskoka, Canada, leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) have again emphasized the critical importance of biodiversity to human well-being, sustainable development and poverty eradication, and highlighted the serious threat posed ...

Press Release
#74685
2010-10-29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Awarded Special Biodiversity Prize

Nagoya, Japan, 28 October – German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the special MIDORI Prize for biodiversity in recognition for her special contribution to saving biodiversity during the International Year of Biodiversity. The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity was announced at an awards ceremony ...

Press Release
#47733
2008-05-22

Germany and the United Nations Biodiversity Secretariat announce a “Green COP”

Bonn, 22 May— On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Environment of Germany and President of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, announced the measures taken t ...

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
#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
#118854
2018-11-08

Governments meet in Egypt to build momentum for a New Deal for Nature and People: 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference held under the theme of “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet"

8 November 2018 - The global community will lay the groundwork for action over the next few decades to protect biodiversity and nature at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference , scheduled to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.

Press Release
#118868
2018-11-18

Governments set stage to take ambitious actions for nature and people: UN Biodiversity Conference opens in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

18 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference opened yesterday in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, who emphasized the crucial importance of the meeting f ...

Press Release
#82735
2011-10-11

Hyderabad ready to host the world biodiversity community

Montreal, 11 October 2011 –The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, paid a working visit to India from 5 to 8 October 2011 to discuss preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and its sixth meeting serving a ...

Press Release
#27244
2006-11-20

India Donates Art to the CBD Museum of Nature and Culture; and Releases its Third National Report to the Convention

New Delhi, 20 November 2006 – Befitting his country’s unique and rich cultural and biological diversity, the Honourable Thiru A. Raja, Minister of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, presented a marble vase to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diver ...

Press Release
#64764
2009-10-31

India Offers to Host the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012

Montreal, 31 October 2009. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity today welcomed the offer of the Government of India to host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP-11) in 2012.

Press Release
#29448
2007-02-05

Indian Government Officials Visit the CBD Secretariat

A delegation of officials from the Indian Government paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 1-2 February. Led by Mr. G. Balachandhran, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the delegation included Dr. Manoranjan Hota Additional Directo ...

Press Release
#62133
2009-08-13

Iraq becomes the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

On 28 July 2009, Iraq deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and will become the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 26 October 2009.

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