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Press Release
#125471
2020-09-23

Islands of nature – Biodiversity needs the voices and actions of indigenous peoples

Without immediate action we face catastrophic loss of nature and biodiversity and increasing risks of pandemics as a result, as showcased in a major report released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity last week.

Press Release
#125459
2020-09-15

Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns

15 September 2020 – Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report.

Press Release
#125450
2020-08-26

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

26 August 2020 – The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are pleased to announce the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020.

Press Release
#125448
2020-08-23

UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 New Launch Date: Tuesday, 15 September

23 August 2020 - The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), to debut Tuesday 15 September 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people. The report underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the succ ...

Press Release
#125433
2020-07-15

New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

15 July 2020 – New dates have been announced for three key UN meetings, including the UN Biodiversity Conference, crucial to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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
#125419
2020-06-03

UN Biodiversity lead welcomes new head of Global Environment Facility

3 June 2020 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has selected Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

Press Release
#125416
2020-05-29

UN Biodiversity Convention on track to develop ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework

29 May 2020 – Due the continued uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on travel and the convening of large physical gatherings, the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) and the third meeting ...

Press Release
#125403
2020-05-19

World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges

19 May 2020 – The critical importance of nature for our wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.”

Press Release
#125133
2020-04-17

UN Biodiversity Summit to be held September 2020 at opening of UN General Assembly

To highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the 75th session of the UN General Assembl ...

Press Release
#125004
2020-04-02

Revised dates and venue announced for two critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings

2 April 2020 – Two meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) permanent subsidiary bodies originally scheduled for May 2020 and then rescheduled for August/September 2020 will now take place in August 2020.

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
#124589
2020-03-09

Subregional exchange for the Caribbean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems

9 March 2020 – Representatives from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) will gather 9-13 March in Castries, Saint Lucia for a worksho ...

Press Release
#124524
2020-03-03

World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

Geneva/Montreal/Nairobi/New York, 3 March 2020 –Joining the global celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day, representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, rural communities and youth gathered at the UN Headquarters in ...

Press Release
#124439
2020-03-01

Governments advance in the preparation of a New UN Biodiversity Framework; Negotiations in Rome demonstrate engagement across government and society

1 March 2020. Governments and stakeholders completed the first round of negotiations on the zero draft of a global framework on nature and people that seeks to bend the curve on biodiversity loss by 2030, with the goal of building a future of life in harmony with nature by the year 2050.

Press Release
#124342
2020-02-24

Discussions open in Rome towards a Landmark New UN Biodiversity Framework

24 February 2020. Over 1000 delegates from more than 140 countries started negotiations today at FAO headquarters, Rome on the zero draft of a landmark post-2020 global biodiversity framework and targets for nature to 2030.

Press Release
#124042
2020-01-31

Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework moved to Rome

31 January 2020 - Due to the ongoing situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the COP (Conference of the Parties) Presidency and the Co-C ...

Press Release
#124021
2020-01-29

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

29 January 2020 – Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#123185
2019-12-01

UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body provides advice critical for next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference

1 December 2019 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science suggested elements of the science base that will be used at next year’s biennial UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China that will include discussions on an ambitious, transformative and effective p ...

Press Release
#123138
2019-11-27

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

27 November 2019 – Nominations are now invited for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020. The call for nominations remains open until 30 March 2020.

Press Release
#123135
2019-11-26

Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and Jackson Wild announced today that they are teaming up ...

Press Release
#123096
2019-11-25

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body meets to lay groundwork for next year’s critical UN Biodiversity Conference

25 November 2019 – Over the next five days, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) body on science will meet to lay the groundwork for negotiations to prepare the next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China and achieve an ambitious and effective post-2020 global biodiversit ...

Press Release
#123093
2019-11-22

Governments and representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities outline recommendations for increasing their future participation in the UN Biodiversity Convention within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

22 November 2019 – Delegates to the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (11WG8J) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on a set of recommendations for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Review of Implementation reg ...

Press Release
#122120
2019-09-05

Theme announced for landmark 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference: "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth"

5 September 2019, Beijing, China – "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth" is set to frame next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference, to be held in October in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Press Release
#122081
2019-09-02

UN biodiversity convention opens talks on global agreement to safeguard nature and secure our future

2 September 2019 – Following a summer of dramatic heat waves and forest fires, and close on the heels of a landmark scientific report charting an unprecedented decline in nature, the global community came together from 27-30 August in Nairobi to deliberate over an appropriate response.

Press Release
#121208
2019-05-24

2019 Global Youth Video Competition Now Open for Applications

24 May 2019 – Young people from around the world are encouraged to submit videos for the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition showcasing positive solutions on three themes: Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health; Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change; and Nature-Based Solutio ...

Press Release
#121162
2019-05-22

UN Biodiversity Convention partners with Slow Food International in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health, 22 May 2019

22 May 2019 - The Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to partner with the Slow Food International for this year’s celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, on 22 May 2019, which focuses on biodiversity as the foundation of our health and food systems.

Press Release
#121180
2019-05-22

International Day for Biological Diversity - Connecting to “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”

22 May 2019 – The United Nations celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity by examining the fundamental role of nature in ensuring human health and good nutrition.

Press Release
#121092
2019-05-20

Asian consumers have growing awareness of biodiversity and want brands to protect it

20 May 2019 – A report launched today shows that Asian consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity and want to see companies protecting it.

Press Release
#120943
2019-05-06

IPBES Global Assessment underscores need for transformational change to safeguard life on Earth

6 May 2019 – The world needs transformative change if life on Earth is to be safeguarded and people are to continue to receive the services and benefits that nature provides, according to a new report from an international team of leading researchers.

Press Release
#120879
2019-04-29

Nature Champions Summit urges leaders to put nature at centre of sustainable development agenda

29 April 2019 – The inaugural Nature Champions Summit closed Thursday with a call to put nature at the centre of the global discourse together with climate action and sustainable development.

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
#120223
2018-11-27

New partnership between the CBD Secretariat and HUMI to improve health through biodiverse urban green spaces

27 November 2018 - The Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) are partnering to build a global movement for urban population health improvement through the creation and restoration of biodiverse urban green spaces.

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
#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
#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
#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
#118497
2018-10-11

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

11 October 2018 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It honours individuals who ha ...

Press Release
#117753
2018-08-02

Countries issue reports on the use of genetic resources in international commerce and research

2 AUGUST 2018 - Germany has published the first report on the utilization of genetic resources through the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House by issuing a checkpoint communiqué concerning research on ants from South Africa. This was rapidly followed by checkpoint communiqués from Ma ...

Press Release
#117527
2018-07-18

Governments embark on transformative agenda to achieve global biodiversity targets and prepare the way forward beyond 2020

18 July 2018 – Inspired by discussions on the possibilities of transformational change, a keynote address by Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, and a celebration of indigenous culture, more than 1,000 delegates from around the world concluded two critical meetings of the UN Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#117421
2018-07-09

Big data for biodiversity: Global Biodiversity Information Facility surpasses one billion

9 July 2018 – A global platform for sharing information about the world’s biodiversity has passed a major milestone, with the publication of the one-billionth species record of where a species lives through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Press Release
#117425
2018-07-09

UN Biodiversity Convention and International Treaty commit to enhanced cooperation on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources

9 JULY 2018 – A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that will enhance cooperation between the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the International Treaty) was signed today on the margins o ...

Press Release
#117349
2018-07-02

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science and implementation bodies meet to lay groundwork for post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations

2 July 2018 – Over the next two weeks, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bodies on science and implementation will meet to provide further guidance on accelerated efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by the end of the year 2020, and to lay the groundwork for negotiation ...

Press Release
#117182
2018-06-20

Major gap between what consumers want and what companies are doing to respect biodiversity

20 June 2018 – New surveys of more than 5,000 consumers in five countries indicate that the majority (79 per cent) feel that “companies have a moral obligation” to have a positive impact on people and biodiversity in their sourcing of natural ingredients, but only 37 per cent feel “confident tha ...

Press Release
#116850
2018-05-23

UN Biodiversity Convention celebrates 25 years: Significant progress made, but more action needed to safeguard life on Earth

23 May 2018 – Opening with a traditional greeting from Charles Patton, a respected elder in the Mohawk Community of Kahnawa:ke, the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was celebrated yesterday in Montreal at an event gathering together senior ...

Press Release
#116441
2018-04-11

“The future of all life now depends on us” - Sir David Attenborough joins world experts in calling for action for nature

11 APRIL 2018 - On 12 April, Sir David Attenborough joins the head of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity and a panel from government, business and civil society to discuss how to mobilise global action to tackle what is said to be the greatest threat to humanity: the biodiversity crisis.

Press Release
#116301
2018-03-23

Scientific assessments by Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) confirm need for imperative actions to safeguard life on Earth

23 March 2018 - Landmark regional scientific reports were issued today in Colombia on the status of biodiversity in the following regions of the world: the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa as well as Europe and Central Asia. They show that pressures on biodiversity and resulting loss of b ...

Press Release
#116174
2018-03-05

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress comes into force

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force today, 5 March 2018.

Press Release
#116053
2018-02-19

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

19 February 2018 – Nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018. The call for nominations remains open until 15 June 2018.

Press Release
#115567
2017-12-16

Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention adopts key recommendations that will inform discussions on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Delegates to the science body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) closed their meeting this week, sending a number of recommendations to the next UN Biodiversity Conference that set the stage for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and preparation of the post-2020 global b ...

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