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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
#46866
2008-04-28

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 ...

Press Release
#46722
2008-04-24

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.

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
#43940
2008-02-18

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 ...

Press Release
#43753
2008-02-11

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 ...

Press Release
#43152
2008-01-23

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 ...

Press Release
#43061
2008-01-22

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.

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
#42764
2008-01-14

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 ...

Press Release
#42594
2008-01-02

CBD Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany Sign Memorandum of Understanding on “Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation”

Montreal – 2 January 2008. An Agreement in the amount of € 1.000.000,00 EURO to support the project “Linking implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Poverty Alleviation” was signed between the Executive Secretary of the Convention and on HEM Thomas Matussek, the Ambassado ...

Press Release
#42183
2007-12-13

Convention on Biological Diversity Launches Adaptation Website

Bali, 13 December 2007 – To promote efforts that will allow all forms of life on Earth to cope with climate change, the Convention’s Biodiversity Adaptation website was officially launched today by the Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf and the Director General of Germany’s Federal Ministry for ...

Press Release
#41870
2007-12-07

Letter of Intent Signed between the Government of the Netherlands and the CBD Secretariat

Montreal – 7 December 2007 With the aim of assisting developing countries in their efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, a four-year framework of cooperation between the Government of the Netherlands and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biol ...

Press Release
#41542
2007-11-30

Secretariat of CBD launches Adaptation website at UNFCCC COP-13

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a website on planning and practices for adaptation to climate change. The launch will be on Thursday, 13 December at 10:00am in the Bali Conference Centre.

Press Release
#40532
2007-11-05

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Discuss Enhanced Collaboration

Montreal – 5 November 2007. In order to discuss ways and means to enhance collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, met with Mr. Jacque ...

Press Release
#40344
2007-10-30

Memorandum of Understanding Signed between the CBD Secretariat and UNEP GRID-Arendal Centre

Montreal – 30 October 2007. A Memorandum of Understanding between the CBD Secretariat and the GRID-Arendal Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was signed today in Trondheim, at the margins of the 2007 Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity.

Press Release
#40137
2007-10-25

CBD Secretariat and the United Nations Regional Economic and Social Commissions Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Mainstream the Objectives of the Convention and Enhance Cooperation

New York – 25 October 2007. A memorandum of understanding geared towards enhancing the cooperation and collaboration between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations regional economic and social commissions for Africa (ECA), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), ...

Press Release
#39840
2007-10-18

Legal and Technical Experts Meet Next Week to Discuss International Rules on Liability and Redress for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Living Modified Organisms

MONTREAL, 18 October 2007 – A working group of legal and technical experts on liability and redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will meet in Montreal next week from 22 to 26 October. More than 200 participants, including delegates from Governments, civil society and in ...

Press Release
#39873
2007-10-18

Secretariat Marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by Standing Up in Solidarity with the United Nations and the World

In solidarity with the millions of people in the world suffering from poverty and in response to the call of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, “To Stand Up and Speak out”, the 350 participants attending the fifth meeting of Ad Hoc Working Group on Article 8(j) and Rel ...

Press Release
#39638
2007-10-12

Convention Convenes the Fifth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Article 8(j) - Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices

The fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions will be held from 15 to 19 October 2007 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. The Conference of the Parties established the Ad Hoc Open-ended Workin ...

Press Release
#39640
2007-10-12

Executive Secretary Welcomes the Announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC and Al Gore

The Executive Secretary, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, today welcomed the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded jointly to the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Mr. Al Gore. In welcoming the announcement Mr. Djoghlaf praised the Nobel Committee for highlighting the incr ...

Press Release
#39442
2007-10-07

Convention Convenes the Fifth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing

The fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing will be held from 8 to 12 October 2007 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. The Working Group is co-chaired by Mr Fernando Casas form Colombia and Mr Tim. H ...

Press Release
#38754
2007-09-21

CBD Secretariat Receives Ozone Protection Award

Montreal 21 September 2007 - The CBD Secretariat has received a Twentieth Anniversary Ozone Protection Award in the Partners Award category in recognition of its role as a member of the Green Customs Initiative (GCI) in the development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances th ...

Press Release
#38521
2007-09-18

CBD Secretariat Hosts Meeting of the Inter Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues (IASG) Days after Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly

Montreal 18 September 2007 - Shortly after midday on Thursday, 13 September 2007, after more than two decades of preparation, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A few days later, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Divers ...

Press Release
#38101
2007-09-10

Briefing on the links between biodiversity and climate change leading up to the high level global climate change discussions on 24 September in New York

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity invites all media to the CBD Secretariat for a briefing on the links between biodiversity and climate change leading up to the high level global climate change discussions on 24 September in New York

Press Release
#35541
2007-07-13

Meeting to Review Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity Concludes its Second Session.

Paris – 13 July 2007. The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (WGRI-2), held with 360 participants at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris from 9 to 13 J ...

Press Release
#35447
2007-07-12

Convention on Biological Diversity Welcomes GEF Funding to Support Countries Implement the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas

Paris – 12 July 2007. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) welcomed the ambitious project launched yesterday by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) specifically designed to help countries – particularly least developed countries and small island developing States, w ...

Press Release
#35381
2007-07-11

CBD Secretariat and IUCN—The World Conservation Union Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation.

Paris – 11 July 2007. A Memorandum of Understanding geared towards enhancing the cooperation and collaboration between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and IUCN–The World Conservation Union was signed today by the two organizations on the margins of the second meeting o ...

Press Release
#35327
2007-07-10

Meeting to Review the Implementation on the Convention on Biological Diversity Opens in Paris.

Paris – 10 July 2007: The second meeting of the Working Group on the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 2) opened yesterday at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris with more than 320 participants from around the world. The meeting was opened by Mr. Antônio José Rezende Castro from Br ...

Press Release
#35283
2007-07-09

Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice Concludes its Twelfth Session.

Paris, 9 July 2007. The twelfth meeting of the Convention’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, held in Paris at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 2 to 6 July 2007, concluded successfully last Fr ...

Press Release
#35217
2007-07-06

Executive Has Audience with the French Minister of State for Environment and Sustainable Development and Planning, Paris 5 July 2007.

Paris, 6 July 2007. Mr. Jean-Louis Borloo, French Minister of State for Environment and Sustainable Development and Planning granted an audience to the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf on the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body o ...

Press Release
#34927
2007-07-02

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Launches New Data Portal

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) launched a new data portal during a side-event, at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), which opened this morning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Press Release
#34929
2007-07-02

French Minister of Environment and Nicolas Hulot Address the Opening Meeting of SBSTTA 12 In Paris

Paris, 2 July 2007: The twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 12) opened today at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris. The meeting was opened by the Chair of SBSTTA, Mr. Christian Prip. Key speakers at the opening ceremony included: Mr. Jean- ...

Press Release
#34940
2007-07-02

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

Paris, 2 July 2007: Today, at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) the Secretariat signed an agreement with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) on future cooperation between the two organiza ...

Press Release
#34901
2007-06-29

Strengthening National Implementation of the Convention on Life on Earth, Paris, 9-13 July 2007.

Over 500 delegates representing 190 Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in Paris at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 9 to 13 July 2007 to look at ways to enhance tools for implementing the Convent ...

Press Release
#34836
2007-06-27

Building a Global Scientific Alliance on Biodiversity and Climate Change, Paris, 2-6 July 2007.

International scientific experts and policy makers will gather at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 2 to 6 July 2007 for the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Central to their discussions ...

Press Release
#34462
2007-06-26

CBD’s Ahmed Djoghlaf Welcomes Zoellick Appointment at the World Bank.

CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf welcomed the appointment of Mr. Robert B. Zoellick as President of the World Bank. The decision to appoint Mr. Zoellick was made yesterday by the unanimous vote of the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

Press Release
#34410
2007-06-22

Visit of High Level Delegation of the United Kingdom to the Secretariat of the CBD

A High level delegation of British government officials visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 21 and 22 June 2007. The delegation from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) comprised Mr. Martin Brasher, Deputy Director, Wildlife Habit ...

Press Release
#34411
2007-06-22

New National Focal Point for Canada, Ms. Pat Dolan, visits Secretariat

A delegation from the Government of Canada, including the new Primary National Focal Point to the Convention, Ms. Pat Dolan, and the SBSTTA focal point, Dr. Ole Hendrickson, paid a visit to the Secretariat today.

Press Release
#33789
2007-06-08

G-8 to Increase Efforts to Achieve 2010 Biodiversity Target

The leaders of the Group of Eight yesterday agreed to “increase our efforts for the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity to achieve our agreed goal of significantly reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010”.

Press Release
#33522
2007-06-05

Secretariat of the Convention Launches UNEP’s Global Outlook for Ice & Snow.

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

Press Release
#33462
2007-06-04

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Celebrates World Environment Day.

As climate change is one of the burning issues on the global agenda, it is only fitting that the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?”, coincides with International Polar Year, and is reflective of the impacts of climate change on our planet. On 23 March this ...

Press Release
#33167
2007-05-29

Executive Secretary Meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNDP Administrator.

Following the successful celebrations across the world of the International Day on Biological Diversity, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 25 May 2007.

Press Release
#33066
2007-05-24

CBD Linnaeus Lecture Series Launched to Mark the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of the Swedish Father of Taxonomy.

On 23 May, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, by launching a CBD Linnaeus Lecture Series. The first lecture, with the theme What Linnaeus would have thought of climate change, was h ...

Press Release
#32923
2007-05-22

Secretariat Launches Redesigned Website - Essential communication tool will better support phase of enhanced implementation of the Convention

The Secretariat is please to announce the launch of its new website at www.cbd.int on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity. In response to the requests of user groups from around the world, the new website features a graphic redesign and a revised navigation structure, ...

Press Release
#32932
2007-05-22

Joint release by Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Wetlands present major opportunities to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable. Better awareness of wetland-biodiversity-climate change inter-linkages can significantly improve policies and management in a rapidly changing world. This year’s theme for the International Day for Biolog ...

Press Release
#32933
2007-05-22

Global Community Celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity in Montreal and around the World.

Biodiversity loss will accelerate as a result of climate change, but if we act now to conserve and sustainably use the resources of our planet – biodiversity can be our best defense against the impacts of climate change. Enhanced cooperation between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ...

Press Release
#32922
2007-05-21

Greenfacts Launches Biodiversity Digest

As a contribution to the International Day for Biological Diversity, an online summary of the second edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-2) has been launched today in collaboration with GreenFacts. GBO-2, published last year by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ...

Press Release
#32863
2007-05-17

Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

This year, the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May will be celebrated on the theme “Biodiversity and Climate Change”. The theme is particularly appropriate, coming in the wake of the recently released Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. T ...

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