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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.

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The President of the Conference of the Parties and Executive Secretary Congratulate Countries that Have Submitted on Time Their Fourth National Reports and Urge all Parties to Meet Their Reporting Obligations Under the Convention

Montreal, 1 April 2009 – As of 30 March, 2009, the deadline for submission of the fourth national report (set in COP Decision VIII/14), the following countries have submitted their reports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bhutan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democrat ...

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Building a Global Partnership on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 1 April 2009 - More than 500 participants are set to negotiate the international regime on access and benefit sharing (ABS) at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit sharing (WGABS 7), to be held in Paris from 2 to 8 April 2009. This meeting i ...

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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 ...

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Governments and Organizations involved in Biosafety Capacity-Building Projects convene in Costa Rica

San José, 6 March 2009 – More than 50 participants from Governments and organizations involved in the implementation and financing of biosafety capacity-building activities will meet in San José, Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 March to share experiences and discuss strategies for improving capacity-bu ...

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Visit to the Secretariat of a Delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Montreal 17 December 2008 – A high-level delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 16 December 2008 to discuss preparations for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, including closing celebration ...

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State of Paraná Reports on Carbon-Offset Programme for the Operations of the Secretariat through the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Montreal 1, December 2008- The Technical Project Manager of the State of Paraná, Brazil, Mr. Sergio Mudrovitsch de Bittencourt, and the head of the State’s forestry department, Mr. Paulo Caçola, paid an official visit to the Secretariat on 25 November 2008, to officially deliver its report on th ...

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Launch of an Enhanced Strategic Partnership to Benefit Life on Earth - Joint Efforts of UN Convention on Biological Diversity and The Nature Conservancy to Help Governments Implement Global Conservation Treaty, Increase Protected Areas

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy announced they have entered into a groundbreaking partnership agreement to support the 191 United Nations CBD signatories in enhancing the implementation of the objectives of the Conve ...

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The province of Santa Elena, Ecuador, proclaims “A Provincial Day for Protected Areas”

Montreal, 26 September 2008 – The province of Santa Elena, the newest province in Ecuador, emerged as the first jurisdiction in the world to proclaim a provincial day for protected areas, the Prefecta of the province, Ms. Ana Triviño Cisneros, has announced. To be celebrated annually on 23 Septe ...

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Ecuador designates New Marine Protected Area

Montreal, 23 September 2008 – A declaration designating a new marine protected area “Puntilla de Santa Elena”, off Ecuador’s coast was signed by the Minister of Environment for Ecuador, Ms. Marcela Aguiñaga Vallejo. The declaration was signed on the margins of the CBD sub-regional workshop on Pr ...

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International Treaty on Biosafety marks its Fifth Anniversary

Montreal, 8 September 2008 ─ On 11 September, the world community will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an important milestone in ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biote ...

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COP 9 Presidency pays Working Visit to the UNCBD Secretariat

Montreal, 15 August 2008 – Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, representing Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of the Environment, Germany, and the President of COP 9, paid a two-day visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations ...

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State of Parana delivers on its Commitment to offset Carbon Emissions of the Operations of the CBD Secretariat

Montreal, 1 August 2008. Less than two months after signing, at COP 9 on May 27, 2008, in Bonn, Germany, a memorandum of cooperation to offset all carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat’s operations between COP 9 and 10, including the travel of funded Party representatives to atten ...

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Innovative Green Wave/Airbus Partnership takes Flight

Montreal, 16 July 2008 – With the aim of raising public awareness on the importance of biodiversity and to engage young people in the global biodiversity agenda, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, today s ...

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European Community Members and Their Overseas Entities meet to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Montreal, 11 July 2008. More than 450 participants representing 43 countries attended the first-ever international conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss”, which was held from 7 to 11 July 2008 at Saint Denis on Reuni ...

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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.

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Towards a Strategic Partnership with Civil Aviation for Protecting Life on Earth

Montreal 30 June 2008. Air transport is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Last year, 2.2 billion passengers and 35 per cent of exports of goods were transported by airplanes. The industry has an economic impact equivalent to 8 per cent of global gross domestic product and ge ...

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Engaging Cities of the World in the Battle for Life on Earth

Montreal 25 June 2008. The growth of the urban world represents one of the most dramatic changes experienced by humanity in recent history. For the first time in history, the world’s urban population is now greater than that of rural areas, having reached 3.2 billion people. It has increased ...

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Strategic Partnership with ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity to protect 20 per cent of the Biodiversity of Planet Earth

Montreal 21 June 2008. Despite occupying only three per cent of the Earth’s surface, the ten member States of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) host 20 per cent of the all known species. South-East Asia has one third of all coral reefs in the world. Forty-five per cent of th ...

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Japan launches the preparation of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit to be held in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya city in October 2010

17 June 2008, Montreal – Just two weeks after the 191 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took the decision in Bonn to convene the next United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, in Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya city in 2010, Japan has launched a national campaign for the p ...

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Investing in the Future – Business for Biodiversity and Sustainability

Montreal, 16 June 2008 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held consultations with the business community on 11 and 12 June 2008 in Montreal and San Francisco to discuss the involvement of businesses in implementing the Convention.

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Biodiversity: A Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change - World Environment Day celebrated in Montreal

Montreal: 6 June 2008 –World Environment Day was celebrated in Montreal yesterday by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Montreal diplomatic community by the hoisting for the first time of the United Nations flag at the entrance to the Montreal World Trade Centre, w ...

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A new Universal Global Alliance for Biodiversity Protection established in Bonn

Bonn, 30 May 2008 –Representatives of 191 Parties and over 100 ministers have produced significant new measures to increase the network of protected areas and to negotiate an international set of rules on access to and sharing of the benefits of the rich genetic resources of the world. In so do ...

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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.

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World Leaders redouble their Commitment to fulfil the Commitment of Heads of State and Government to substantially reduce the Rate of Loss of Biodiversity by 2010

Bonn 28 May 2008 – For the first time in the history of multilateral cooperation for the environment, world leaders reiterated their commitment to substantially reduce the loss of biodiversity within two years. Representatives of 191 Parties and more than 100 Ministers met at the ministerial se ...

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Parliamentarians issue Declaration in Support of Biodiversity Action at Bonn Conference

Bonn, 28 May—Calling the present level of biodiversity loss “unprecedented”, parliamentarians attending the Bonn Biodiversity Conference issued a declaration yesterday expressing renewed resolve to ensure that they take the necessary legislative and administrative actions to implement programmes ...

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Biodiversity Convention Secretariat Signs Historic Agreement with Brazilian State of Paraná to Offset Emissions

Bonn, 27 May — To meet its pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and work toward carbon neutrality, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into a partnership today with the Brazilian State of Paraná to replant native trees and contribute to the regeneration of ...

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Biodiversity added to the agenda of Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit

Bonn - 26 May 2008 — G8 environment ministers at the Kobe meeting adopted, for the first time a call for action for biodiversity elevating biodiversity to a key item on the agenda of the upcoming Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Since the establishment of the G8 summit in 1975 in Rambouillet, France bi ...

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Urban Biodiversity and the Role of Cities in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use discussed at Bonn Biodiversity Conference

Bonn, 26 May—With more than half of the world’s people now living in cities, 191 countries are, for the first time, discussing ways to promote biodiversity in an urban setting at the Biodiversity Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany. The countries are joined by the mayors of the world, who w ...

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Biodiversity needed to feed the world, the International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May 2008

Bonn, 22 May 2008—Against a background of rising food prices, and with pressures from climate change affecting fields and orchards, celebrations of the International Day of Biological Diversity (IBD) will stress the need to properly protect and manage the world’s biodiversity in order to ensure ...

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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 ...

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UN Biodiversity Convention Secretariat teams up with Europe’s Bern Convention to stop the lost of biodiversity in Europe

Bonn - 22 May 2008—To support efforts to meet the 2010 global goal to reverse and stop the loss of biodiversity, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity today signed a strategic partnership with the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, known as the Bern Con ...

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The “Green Wave” launched at the UN Bonn Biodiversity Summit

Bonn - 22 May 2008— A global initiative under the motto “One school, one tree, one gift for Nature “ aimed at empowering youth to take charge of their future was launched today in Bonn at the 9th United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, on the occasion of the International Day on Biological D ...

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Governments open meeting in Bonn to take action on declining biodiversity resources

Bonn, 19 May 2008 –Nearly 7,000 participants from 191 countries opened the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity in Bonn, Germany, today to take takes steps to conserve and sustainably manage the world’s biodiversity in light of the alarming rate of loss of species, compounded by the pressur ...

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Agreement reached to work towards a legally binding instrument on Liability and Redress with regard to GMOs

Bonn, 16 May 2008 - After four years of intensive negotiation, the 2,000 participants attending the Bonn Biosafety Meeting, the largest ever gathering on biosafety, agreed to work towards legally binding rules and procedures for liability and redress for potential damage caused from the tran ...

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Largest international gathering on Biosafety meets in Bonn to finalize arrangements for the Cartagena Protocol

Bonn, May 12 2008- Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety opened their fourth meeting today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, in Germany. More than 3000 delegates from 147 countries assembled to fulfill their commitment to ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology, including reaching a ...

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Training Workshop for Government Officials in the Use of the Biosafety Clearing-House Successfully Concluded

Bonn, 11 May 2008. A training workshop on the use of the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) ended last evening with a call to mobilize additional resources to further build the capacities of developing countries in this area. More than 60 participants, including over 50 national focal points for t ...

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Germany Hosts Global Conference on Biological Diversity - Promoting a Global Response for Addressing the Unprecedented Loss of Biodiversity

Montreal – 8 May 2008. “Renewing agricultural diversity of crops and livestock backed by a functional natural support system is the international community’s best long-term solution to meet the global food challenge,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Div ...

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International Community to Meet in Germany for a United Nations Conference on Living Modified Organisms and Biodiversity

Montreal, 2 May 2008– More than 2,000 delegates, including ministers and representatives from Governments, civil society and business, will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 12 to 16 May 2008, for the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP). The meeting is expec ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Executive Secretary Welcomes EU-Japan Cooperation on 2010 Biodiversity Targets

Japan and the European Union on 24 April pledged to cooperate towards the achievement of the 2010 Biological Diversity Target. In a joint release “Japan and the EU, acknowledging the Potsdam Initiative-Biological Diversity 2010, will work together for achieving by 2010 a significant reduction of ...

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Biodiversity Loss—It Will Make You Sick: ‘Sustaining Life’ Identifies Huge Losses to Medical Science from the Decline and Extinction of the World’s Nature-Based Assets.

Montreal/Nairobi, 24 April— A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost unless the world acts to reverse the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss a new landmark book says.

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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 ...

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Mobilizing Science for Achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Targets

Rome – 18 February 2008. The scientific body of the Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this week for the first time in Rome, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), to review the implementation of the Convention’s programmes of work o ...

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Achieving the Johannesburg Biodiversity Target on Protected Areas

Rome - 11 February 2008. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened the second meeting of its Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2) today at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. The meeting will run from 1 ...

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Towards a CBD Gender Plan of Action

Geneva – 23 January 2008. With funding support from HIVOS (Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries), a workshop was organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Senior Gender Advisor of IUCN from 16 to 18 January 2008 in Geneva. Parti ...

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Sixth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing Convenes in Geneva

Geneva – 22 January 2008. The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS 6) of the Convention on Biological Diversity opened yesterday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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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 ...

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Biodiversity Convention Launches Regional Workshops on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans in Singapore - and Signs Agreement with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Montreal – 14 January 2008. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) initiated today the first of a series of regional and sub-regional capacity building workshops on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the integration of biodiversity into the n ...

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