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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
#72994
2010-09-03

Ministerial forum calls for leadership for a new biodiversity vision for the twenty first century

Montreal, 3 September 2010 – Eleven ministers responsible for the environment, representing the former and upcoming presidencies of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), called upon world leaders to provide leadership in shaping and implementing a new bio ...

Press Release
#72700
2010-08-24

President Lee of the Republic of Korea receives CBD Award for his contribution to biodiversity conservation and green growth

Seoul, 24 August 2010 – In recognition of his unique contribution to the preservation of life on Earth, Mr. Lee Myung-bak, the President of the Republic of Korea, was today presented with the CBD Award by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#71399
2010-07-07

President-Elect of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly Visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 7 July 2010 – Mr. Joseph Deiss, President-elect of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, today paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to discuss preparations for the high-level event on biodiversity to be held in New York on ...

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
#70983
2010-06-17

The Logo of the Aichi Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in the Sky

Montreal, 17 June 2010 – In a show of support for biodiversity awareness and the upcoming tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in October this year, Japan Airlines (JAL) has added the logo of the ...

Press Release
#70413
2010-05-27

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Another Wake Up Call for Action

Montreal, 27 May 2010. The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) is further evidence of the need for urgent and collaborative action to preserve biodiversity in this fragile and vital region of our planet, recognized as an important barometer of the world’s environment.

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
#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
#68088
2010-03-01

United Nations Secretary-General Appoints the Japanese Singer MISIA as Honorary Ambassador for the 2010 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

Montreal, 1 March 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the Japanese female singer and songwriter, MISIA, as the Honorary Ambassador for the forthcoming tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will be held from 1 ...

Press Release
#67349
2010-02-02

Painting by Norwegian Artist Ørnulf Opdahl, the Latest Donation to the Museum of Nature and Culture

Montreal, 2 February 2010 – Addressing the 500 participants attending the sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway, stated that: “I have heard that many countries have provided gifts to the Museum, and now it is ...

Press Release
#66316
2009-12-15

TEEB Appoints the Executive Secretary to its Advisory Board

Copenhagen, 15 December 2009. On 27 November 2009, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), was appointed, with immediate effect, to serve on the Advisory Board of the initiative on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

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
#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
#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
#64145
2009-10-16

Somalia to Become the 193rd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity and will become the 193rd Party to the Convention as of 10 December 2009. As a major biodiversity hotspot in the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s accession is a major ...

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.

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
#61180
2009-07-10

Visit of the representative of the incoming President of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity had the privilege to welcome on 9-10 July 2010 Mr. Masayoshi Mizuno, Director of the Global Environment Division of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Release
#59722
2009-05-22

The Green Wave for Biodiversity

On 22 May 2008, a ripple was started that’s turning into a wave around the world. The Green Wave for biodiversity.

Press Release
#59555
2009-05-15

Visit to the Secretariat by Norwegian Delegation

Montreal, 15 May 2009. A delegation from Norway visited the Secretariat on 14-15 May 2009 to discuss a range of issues, including, in particular, preparations for the sixth Trondheim Conference on biological diversity, which will be held in February next year and will coincide with the Internat ...

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
#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
#55162
2008-12-17

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 ...

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
#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
#47882
2008-05-28

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 ...

Press Release
#47892
2008-05-28

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 ...

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
#47819
2008-05-22

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 ...

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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#19864
2006-02-22

“Plitvice the birthplace and Croatia the founding member of the Museum on Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity”.

“Plitvice Lakes National Park—a World Heritage site—will be remembered as the birthplace, and Croatia as the founding member, of the Museum of Culture and Nature of the Convention on Biological Diversity,” said Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention, as he received the fir ...

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
#6245
2003-10-16

Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

The statement delivered by Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD, to the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (Economic and Financial), reviews the activities of the CBD over the past year and summarizes the challenges that the Convention faces in the years to come. A press rele ...

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 ...

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