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Press Release
#32725
2007-05-14

Message by Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the Occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day 2007 - Migratory Birds in a Changing Climate, 12-13 May 2007

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the plight of birds as our climate changes. The main impacts of climate change will be on water, with extensive loss of coastal wetlands, retreat of glaciers, decreased sea-ice extent, thawing of some permafrost, longer ice-free seasons on ...

Press Release
#32677
2007-05-12

World Migratory Bird Day, 12-13 May 2007 - U.N. Campaign highlights “Migratory Birds in a changing climate”

Bonn, 12-13 May 2007 -- A series of events will take place around the world this weekend to highlight the impacts of climate change on migratory birds. Over one hundred separate events in more than 48 countries will transmit the message of the 2007 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) to local commun ...

Press Release
#32481
2007-05-07

Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington Visits CBD Secretariat

Professor Ben Bell, Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington paid a two-day visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 3-4 May to present the work of the Centre and to meet with the Sec ...

Press Release
#32521
2007-05-07

Advisory Group for Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity Concludes Four Day Meeting in Montreal

The second meeting of the Advisory Group for Article 8(j) was held in Montreal from 30 April to 3 May 2007. The Group included 20 participants from indigenous and local communities from all over the world. Representatives of Brazil and Germany, in their capacity as Presidents of the eight and ...

Press Release
#32203
2007-04-30

Enhancing Preparations for the Next Meeting of the Parties in Bonn

At the invitation of the Government of Germany, Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf paid a visit to Berlin and Bonn for the preparation of fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on B ...

Press Release
#32131
2007-04-26

Delegation from China’s Hainan Province Briefs CBD Secretariat on its Eco-Compensation Policy

A delegation comprising 11 high level officials from China’s Hainan Province paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 23 April 2007 to share their experience on compensation for ecosystem services. Developing effective compensation practices for ecosystem ser ...

Press Release
#31622
2007-04-13

Elevating Climate Change and Biodiversity to the Top of the Political Agenda.

Climate change and the loss of biological diversity are the two most important global environmental challenges facing mankind, with far reaching ecological, economic, financial, social, cultural, ethical, and security implications.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr> <tr><t ...

Press Release
#31331
2007-03-28

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

Montreal, 28 March 2007. In 1950, only three of the world's most populous cities were in developing countries. Currently, only three of the world's most populous cities are in rich countries. Cities occupy two per cent of the planet’s surface but their residents use 75 per cent of the Earth’s ...

Press Release
#31199
2007-03-26

Visit to the Secretariat of the two Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing.

Montreal 26 March 2007. The two Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 23 March. The visit was a follow-up to the consultations held on 6 September 2006 and provided an opportunity to discuss the ...

Press Release
#31153
2007-03-23

Continued Enhanced Dialogue between the Government of Japan and the Convention.

Montreal – 23 March 2007. In the context of the enhanced dialogue initiated between the Secretariat and its partners, a high-level delegation from Japan paid a visit to the offices of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 21–22 March.

Press Release
#31149
2007-03-23

Le maire de Montréal Gérald Tremblay participe à une conférence internationale des maires sur les villes et la biodiversité.

Montréal, le 23 mars 2007 – Du 26 au 28 mars prochain, le maire de Montréal, M. Gérald Tremblay, participera à la conférence internationale « Villes et biodiversité : atteindre la cible 2010 sur la biodiversité » qui se tiendra à Curitiba, au Brésil. Cette conférence est co-organisée par la vil ...

Press Release
#31106
2007-03-22

Promoting Scientific Interlinkages between Climate Change and Biodiversity.

Montreal – 21 March 2007: Through the generous financial support of the Government of Canada, roundtable discussions between members of the bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBSTTA), the representatives of t ...

Press Release
#31044
2007-03-20

Top Officials from Australia Visit the Secretariat—Australia to Review its National Biodiversity Strategy.

In the context of the enhanced dialogue initiated between the Secretariat and its partners, a delegation from Australia paid a visit to the offices of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal on 16 March.

Press Release
#30886
2007-03-16

Establishment of a Vibrant Partnership between Countdown 2010 and the Convention for Life on Earth.

The Head of Countdown 2010 and his team paid its first visit to the Secretariat on the Convention on Biological Diversity to discuss collaboration for achieving the Johannesburg biodiversity target.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr> <tr><td>French </td><td><a href='/doc/p ...

Press Release
#30762
2007-03-14

Enhanced Cooperation between the Convention on Biodiversity in Europe and the United Nations Convention for Life on Earth.

For the first time in the history of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the President of the Standing Committee and the Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitat, commonly referred to as the Bern Convention, paid a visit to the Secretaria ...

Press Release
#30027
2007-02-22

The City of Montreal signs a memorandum of understanding with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Montreal, 22 February 2007 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the City of Montreal today signed a memorandum of understanding officially linking Montreal’s Nature Museums with the Steering Committee of the Secretariat’s Consortium of Scientific Institutions and Partn ...

Press Release
#29938
2007-02-19

Partnership between the Secretariat of the CBD and ICAO

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was signed today in Montreal at the margins of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Liability and Redress in the Context of the Cartagena P ...

Press Release
#29563
2007-02-07

Strategic Partnership between Portugal and Africa for Promoting Biodiversity for Development Launched in Nairobi

A Memorandum of Cooperation to enhance human and institutional capacities in Africa for the effective implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was signed in Nairobi at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP ...

Press Release
#29498
2007-02-06

Sharing with the World the New Zealand Experience in Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity

At the invitation of Rt Hon Winston Peters, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, paid an official visit to New Zealand from 29 to 31 January 2007.

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
#29228
2007-01-29

CBD Executive Secretary Applauds Japan’s Decision to Revise its Biodiversity Strategy for the Second Time with a View of Linking it to the World and Integrate the Target Adopted by Heads of State and Government to Substantially Reduce the Rate of Loss of Biodiversity by 2010.

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, congratulated Japan on its decision to revise its national biodiversity strategy and incorporate it with common global concerns, such as the 2010 target of achieving a significant reduction in the current ra ...

Press Release
#28670
2007-01-15

Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, applauds the agreement between the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to conserve the “Heart of Borneo”

Montreal – 15 January 2007 The declaration by the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to officially endorse a historic agreement to conserve the “Heart of Borneo” demonstrates, according to Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB ...

Press Release
#28524
2007-01-10

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands raise the bar on cooperation between multilateral environment agreements

Montreal - 9 January 2007, Mr. Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), set ground-breaking standards for collaboration between multilateral environment agreements throu ...

Press Release
#27802
2006-12-01

GEF Leader Pledges Support for Biodiversity Convention - First visit of a Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 1 December 2006. Ms. Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 30 November 2006. Ms. Barbut’s visit was the first of her planned visi ...

Press Release
#27492
2006-11-24

Global Environmental Actors Present New Research on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) present their most recent publications on the linkages between climate change and biodiversity

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
#27163
2006-11-16

Signature of Memorandum of Understanding between the Green Belt Movement and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Nairobi, 16 November 2006 – Professor Wangari Maathai, MP, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plant trees in Africa “to ensure that t ...

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
#26915
2006-11-10

Professor Jeffrey Sachs and the Convention on Biological Diversity to collaborate on stemming biodiversity loss

Montreal – 10 November 2006: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, Director of the United Nations Millennium Project, and a Special Advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, yesterday paid a visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#26917
2006-11-10

Tunisia donates mosaic to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 10 November 2006 - In a gesture of support for a sustainable future, based on a respect for biological diversity and cultural diversity, the President of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has graciously donated a beautifully crafted mosaic reflecting the biological wealth of a ...

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
#26493
2006-10-26

Head of international Biodiversity Convention applauds the Chinese initiative to celebrate 50th anniversary of establishment of its first protected area.

Montreal –25 October 2006. The organization of a national meeting in Beijing, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishment of its first protected area in 1956, is a manifestation of China’s commitment to conserve its amazing biodiversity and vibrant ecosystems, said Ahmed Djoghlaf, United ...

Press Release
#26363
2006-10-23

Farmers now guaranteed access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits as major crop gene banks are brought under international treaty.

Montreal 23 October 2006 – An agreement to bring the genebank collections of international agricultural research centres into the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources will help ensure that the world’s farmers have the resources to improve the sustainability of agricul ...

Press Release
#26199
2006-10-18

Executive Secretary Welcomes Opening of a Training and Education Centre for Marine Biodiversity in South-eastern China.

Montreal 16 October 2006. A major contribution to the infrastructure for public awareness and education for biodiversity conservation in China was welcomed by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf.

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
#26091
2006-10-16

"Investing in the future: Investing in Biodiversity”. Head of International Biodiversity Convention lauds new Canadian biodiversity initiatives.

Montreal 16 October 2006. The head of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has welcomed the recently adopted Canadian national policy framework for the protection of biodiversity, as well as the launch of talks for the establishment of a major new national park in the Northwest ...

Press Release
#25231
2006-09-20

Protected area in Congo is a welcome step in protection of Biodiversity, achievement of 2010 Biodiversity Target and implementation of CBD Programme of work on protected areas.

Paris – 19 September 2006. The announcement by the Republic of Congo of the creation of two new protected areas spanning nearly one million hectares is a demonstration of Congo’s commitment to conserve its spectacular biodiversity and pristine ecosystems, said Ahmed Djoghlaf, the head of the Co ...

Press Release
#24018
2006-08-09

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Hails the Day Of the World’s Indigneous Peoples.

The yearly celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, on 9 August, 2006, is a unique occasion to assess the progressive steps taken by the international community towards effective recognition and enjoyment of the rights of indigenous peoples and towards greater unde ...

Press Release
#24218
2006-07-06

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Welcomes the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity has welcomed the recent adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council, of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “This is of great significance and will give added impetus to the implementation of ...

Press Release
#22811
2006-06-23

New Initiatives to Conserve and Protect Earth’s Agricultural Biodiversity for Future Generations.

Norway has launched the Svalbard International Seed Vault, which will act as a safety net in case seeds already stored in commercial gene banks are destroyed, or are decimated in a global catastrophe. Norway’s “Noah’s Ark” project aims to safeguard crop diversity by storing about 1.5 billion se ...

Press Release
#22756
2006-06-22

The President of the Tunisian Republic Announces a Donation to the “Museum on Nature and Culture” of the Convention on Life on Earth.

At their meeting in Tunis, on 20 June 2006, Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, requested Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister of Tunisia, to convey his gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, President of the Tunis ...

Press Release
#22603
2006-06-19

The United States of America Designates the World’s Largest Marine Protected Area.

The decision by United States President George W. Bush to designate the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and surrounding waters and reefs as a national monument will establish the world’s largest marine protected area, representing an area the size of California. It will protect about 7,000 specie ...

Press Release
#22382
2006-06-09

The Convention on Biological Diversity Hails the Nomination of Ms. Monique Barbut to Head the Global Environment Facility.

The unanimous appointment by the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of Ms. Monique Barbut as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman is most timely.<br><br><table width=120> <tr><b>Other languages:</b></tr> <tr><td>French </td><td><a href="/doc/press/2006/pr-2006-06-09-gef-fr.pdf" ...

Press Release
#22125
2006-06-01

Heads of the World Trade Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity meet for the first time to discuss mutual supportiveness of the international trade and biodiversity regimes.

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), met on Monday, 29 May, at the Geneva headquarters of WTO to discuss how the international trade regime and the Convention on Biological Di ...

Press Release
#21963
2006-05-25

Major Canadian institutions pledge support for the Convention for Life on Earth.

In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, representatives of major Canadian universities and research institutions signed an agreement with the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to join forces in order to mobilize the scientific and tech ...

Press Release
#21930
2006-05-23

The Convention of Life on Earth recognizes Joke Waller-Hunter, champion for the environment.

In recognition of the contribution of a tireless crusader for sustainable development and the environment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity dedicated its conference room today to the memory of Joke Waller-Hunter, the former head of the Secretariat of the United Nations F ...

Press Release
#20936
2006-04-05

Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings.

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

Press Release
#20846
2006-03-31

A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

Press Release
#20701
2006-03-29

A Global Island Partnership launched by the President of Palau at the Curitiba Biodiversity Conference.

The President of Palau, the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada and Kiribati launched the “Global Island Partnership” aimed at enhancing marine and terrestrial protected areas as a major contribution of achieving the Heads of State commitment ...

Press Release
#20653
2006-03-27

Top Natural History Centers Target the 2010 Biodiversity Target.

A new alliance of some of the world’s top research centres and agencies specializing in biodiversity was today enlisted in the battle to save life on Earth.

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