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Press Release
#80080
2011-06-23

European Union and 12 Member States sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization

Montreal, 23 June 2011 – The number of signatories to a new international treaty on access to and the sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources today jumped to 37 with the signature of the European Union (EU) and 12 of its member states.

Press Release
#80023
2011-06-21

Regional Workshop on updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Being Held in Congo

Brazzaville, 21 June 2011 – Biodiversity experts and officials from across Central Africa are working towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact at the Regional Workshop for Central Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), being held in Brazzaville ...

Press Release
#79889
2011-06-14

Launch of InforMEA - The United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEAs)

Geneva, 15 June 2011 – The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM) develops harmonized MEA information systems to assist Parties and the environment community at large. Supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Initi ...

Press Release
#79831
2011-06-13

Governments establish basis for implementation of Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 13 June 2011— The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization of the Convention on Biological Diversity came to a close in Montreal on Friday, 10 Ju ...

Press Release
#79729
2011-06-10

Faced with “Empty Forests”, experts urge better regulation of bushmeat trade - International gathering identifies innovative solutions for resolving the bushmeat crisis, for the benefit of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Nairobi, Montreal, Geneva, 10 June 2011 – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (“bushmeat”) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and desta ...

Press Release
#79651
2011-06-08

East African Legislative Assembly prepares resolution on Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 8 June 2011 – Parliamentarians serving in the East African Legislative Assembly are ready to champion the cause of raising awareness amongst legislators to the national parliaments of the five countries that comprise the East African Community (EAC).

Press Release
#79725
2011-06-08

Mayor of Montpellier, France, visits Convention Secretariat

Montreal, 8 June 2011- Serving as a reminder of the importance of translating international policy into local action, the Mayor of Montpellier, France, Madame Hélène Mandroux, paid a two-day visit to the seat of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Mo ...

Press Release
#79447
2011-06-07

Regional workshops on updating NBSAPs and implementing CBD programme of work on protected areas held in West Africa

Montreal, 7 June 2011 – Two workshops, held in parallel, on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and capacity-building for implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA) respectively, were held in Dakar, from ...

Press Release
#79504
2011-06-06

Collaborating to build capacity for two new treaties on genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011. Over the past weekend, on 4 and 5 June, the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture collaborated to deliver a two-day capacity-building workshop that will help Government ...

Press Release
#79541
2011-06-06

Arabic version of CBD website inaugurated as a contribution to achieving the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Arabic version of the website of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was launched today at the occasion of the opening of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair an ...

Press Release
#79545
2011-06-06

Governments meet to prepare for the entry into force of the Nagoya treaty on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization began today in Montreal. Over 400 participants will discuss the way forward for the i ...

Press Release
#79552
2011-06-06

The President of Algeria donates to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 6 June 2011. The President of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has donated a work of art to the Museum of Nature and Culture of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is the second Head of State to personally provide a gift to the Museum.

Press Release
#79586
2011-06-06

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity expands its offices in Montreal

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today officially announced that it is expanding its offices in the Montreal World Trade Centre. Located in Quebec’s metropolis since 1996, the United Nations organization is enhancing its capacity to meet the ...

Press Release
#79502
2011-06-03

GEF establishes the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund

Washington, D.C., 3 June, 2011 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world’s largest public financer of global environment issues, will operate a new landmark fund to help developing countries to ratify and implement a key international agreement to conserve and sustainably use biodiver ...

Press Release
#79449
2011-06-01

New Publication Outlines Biodiversity Elements for Design and Implementation of REDD-plus

Montreal, 1 June 2011 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), REDD-plus and Biodiversity (CBD Technical Series No. 59), provides technical and scientific information on the ways to ensure that the design and implementation of REDD-plus policies suppor ...

Press Release
#79376
2011-05-30

Philippines President hosts South-East Asian launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal 30 May 2011— The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity has been launched in South-East Asia by the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, who also issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring a National Decade. The event took place on 30 May 2011 at the Malacanang Palace w ...

Press Release
#79312
2011-05-25

Ghana Becomes 24th Country to Sign International Treaty on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 25 May 2011 – Ghana, on Friday 20 May 2011, became the 24th country to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

Press Release
#79315
2011-05-25

International Call for Investments in Protected Areas in West Africa

The first roundtable meeting on Financing Protected Areas in West Africa will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 27 May 2011. The meeting builds on statements made at the (CBD) tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity, in October 2010, where ministers and o ...

Press Release
#79241
2011-05-24

Republic of Korea a Leader for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development

Montreal, 24 May 2011 — The third expert meeting on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development was held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 18 to 20 May 2011 with the objective of further developing the Plan of Action on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development as ado ...

Press Release
#79185
2011-05-23

Montreal Marks the International Day for Biological Diversity as a Contribution to the Celebration of the 2011 International Year of Forests

Montreal, 23 May 2011 – A large gathering of some 150 people assembled on Friday at the Biosphere environmental museum in Montreal to mark this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity and celebrate the forests of the world. This year’s International Day was held world-wide under the th ...

Press Release
#79187
2011-05-23

India Launches Biodiversity Decade for Asia and the Pacific

Montreal, 23 May 2011— With a guest list that included Ministers, Ambassadors, business leaders and celebrities, India held on 23 May 2011 in New Delhi the Asia and Pacific launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of the variety of ...

Press Release
#79194
2011-05-23

India Launches National Preparations for the 2012 Hyderabad Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 23 May 2011— As part of the launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, India began preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from 1 to 19 October 2012.

Press Release
#79143
2011-05-20

The Republic of Korea, the Champion of the Green Growth, Now also a Champion for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

Montreal 20 May 2011. The Republic of Korea celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity in Sangju City today with the participation of more than 1,000 people. This year’s celebration of the International Day coincides with the celebration of the International Year of Forests and is ...

Press Release
#79166
2011-05-20

The South African National Biodiversity Institute the first African partner to join the Convention’s Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has joined the Consortium of Scientific Partners of the Convention on Biological Diversity, thus becoming its sixteenth member and the first from Africa.

Press Release
#79169
2011-05-20

New Web-Based Implementation Tool to Support Forest Protection and Sustainable Use Launched by the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a voluntary mechanism comprising 14 organizations and institutions with forest-related mandates, have called for improved coordination of biodiversi ...

Press Release
#79171
2011-05-20

Mauritania Becomes 23rd Signatory to the Two New Biodiversity Treaties

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Mauritania has signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization and the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, mak ...

Press Release
#79311
2011-05-20

Marine Biodiversity, Theme for the 2012 International Day for Biological Diversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Challenges facing marine biodiversity are unprecedented. Life in the oceans is under serious threats. Continuously increasing human impacts in coastal areas have destroyed over 65% of seagrass and wetland habitat, degraded water quality and accelerated species invasions. ...

Press Release
#79123
2011-05-19

UN Biodiversity Chief Becomes Honorary Councillor of World Future Council

Hamburg, 19 May 2011 – United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf has become an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council (WFC). Using the slogan “Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is Our Life”, Mr. Djoghlaf was instrumental in leading the U ...

Press Release
#79098
2011-05-18

Gabon Signs the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization

Montreal, 18 May 2011 – Gabon has become the twenty-second signatory to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78932
2011-05-12

The International Treaty on Damage Resulting from Living Modified Organisms Receives Sixteen Signatures

Montreal, 12 May 2011 – Fifteen countries and the European Union yesterday signed the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Press Release
#78923
2011-05-11

21 Parties Have Now Signed the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 11 May 2011 – Eight additional Parties today signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing the total number of signatories to 21.

Press Release
#78894
2011-05-10

GEF-CBD Partnering to Implement the Nagoya outcomes in Central America

Montreal, 10 May 2011 – Participants in the Central American Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held in Panama City on 4 May 2011, including national focal points for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (C ...

Press Release
#78863
2011-05-09

Building Capacity and Strategies in Asia to Save Biodiversity

Montreal,9 May 2011 – Twenty-one Asian countries are meeting in Xi’an from 9 to 16 May 2011 to develop the way forward in creating and implementing the national strategies needed to save biodiversity, and to ensure that these form part of the ten-year global effort towards building a sustainable ...

Press Release
#78781
2011-05-05

Biodiversity Awareness Keeps Rising among Consumers and Business

Paris/Montreal 5 May 2011. Biodiversity awareness has risen again among consumers and business, according to the latest edition of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer launched in Paris today.

Press Release
#78787
2011-05-05

Panama and Peru Sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources

Montreal, 5 May 2011 – Panama and Peru have become the 12th and 13th countries to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78807
2011-05-05

Panama and Peru sign the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 5 May 2011 – Panama and Peru, on 3 and 4 May respectively, became the 5th and 6th countries to sign the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#78723
2011-05-04

Implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact in North Africa and the Middle East

Beirut, 4 May 2011 – Over five days, biodiversity experts and officials from across North Africa and the Middle East will work towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact. The Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), organized by the Secr ...

Press Release
#78673
2011-05-02

Joint GEF-CBD Initiative to support implementation of the Nagoya Outcomes in South America

Montreal, 2 May 2011 – The South America Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held on 30 April 2011 in Cartagena, Colombia, gathered together, for the first time, focal points from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Environment Fac ...

Press Release
#78640
2011-04-29

Morocco Ratifies the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 29 April 2011 – Morocco deposited its instrument of ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 25 April 2011 and will become the 161st Party to the Protocol on 24 July 2011. The ratification comes as the Protocol enters a new phase which will be guided by a ten-year Strateg ...

Press Release
#78599
2011-04-28

Sudan Becomes the 11th Country to Sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources

Montreal, 28 April 2011 – on 21 April 2011, Sudan became the latest signatory to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78508
2011-04-21

Two additional African countries sign the Nagoya protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Montreal, 21 April 2011 – Seychelles and Mali have become the ninth and tenth signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization.

Press Release
#78277
2011-04-12

New Support of Over €5 Million to Safeguard Biodiversity in Caucasus Wilderness Areas

Montréal, 12 April 2011—The long-term sustainability of nature’s bounty in the Caucasus has received a significant boost, thanks to the Government of Germany and three new corporate sponsors, through the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF). This funding will safeguard some of the highest global levels of ...

Press Release
#78288
2011-04-12

Enhanced GEF-CBD Collaboration in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes in Asia

Montreal, 12 April 2011 – Discussions about partnerships, funding, and national experiences took centre stage at the Asia Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes, held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, on 8 April 2011. The Workshop was organized in collaboration with t ...

Press Release
#78223
2011-04-08

Convention Secretariat Briefs Parliament of Botswana on the Role Parliamentarians Should Play in Biodiversity Management

Montreal, 8 April 2011 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) hosted a briefing for the Parliament of Botswana on 22 March 2011, highlighting the role parliamentarians should play in national and global biodiversity management, specifically in regard to the outcomes o ...

Press Release
#78157
2011-04-07

Rwanda Launches a Revision of Its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – At the request of the Government of Rwanda, a team from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), visited Kigali on 23-24 March 2011 to assist the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in initiating its revision of the Rwandese national ...

Press Release
#78184
2011-04-07

The Biodiversity Family Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of the Historic Nagoya Biodiversity Summit: CBD Secretariat steps up to support disaster relief efforts in Japan

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and in line with the message of support from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the staff of the Montreal based Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) raised financial donations fo ...

Press Release
#78186
2011-04-07

Momentum Gained for the Early Entry into Force of the Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 7 April 2011 – Ecuador and the Central African Republic became the latest countries to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. Ecuador signed on 1 April 2011 and the Central African Republic ...

Press Release
#78123
2011-04-04

Translating the Aichi Biodiversity Targets into National Realities: Japan Biodiversity Fund Fully Operational

Montreal, 4 April 2011 – The first in a series of regional and sub-regional capacity-building workshops to strengthen national capacities for the development, implementation, reviewing, updating, and communication of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and help facilitat ...

Press Release
#77998
2011-03-30

The European Union Announces €3.1 Million to Secure Livelihoods in the Colombian Amazon through Forest Conservation

Bogotá, Colombia, 30 March 2011 - The long-term sustainability of nature’s bounty in the Colombian Amazon has received a significant boost thanks to 3.1 million euros in new funding from the European Union. The new project will improve livelihoods in the Colombian Amazon through the prevention ...

Press Release
#77944
2011-03-28

Joint GEF and CBD Exploration for Financial Solutions to Global Biodiversity Challenges in Eastern Europe

Montreal, 28 March 2011 – Participants in the first Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance, held in Kiev on 25 March 2011, examined the national and regional implications of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Re ...

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