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International Cooperation for Protected Areas at border regions

Cross-border cooperation is an excellent opportunity for enabling integrated sustainable development with other South American countries. Natural environment, although crossed by geopolitical borders, functions systemically, in such a way that environmental externalities may influence its indi ...



International Seabed Authority

The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Authority is the ...

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International Tropical Timber Organization and Convention on Biological Diversity Enter into Partnership

Tokyo, 2 March 2010 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) signed a memorandum of understanding today to closely collaborate over the coming four years. “This agreement represents a further step in the efforts ...

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International treaty on biosafety marks its tenth anniversary

Montreal, 10 September 2013 – Under the theme, 10 Years of Promoting Safety in the Use of Biotechnology, the international community is marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across national ...

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Isla Mujeres signs natural-resources preservation pact

Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.

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Island devastation as climate change batters Pacific

As the world’s governments meet in Paris to negotiate a global agreement to stem the tide of climate change, nowhere will the outcome of the talks be more anticipated than on the other side of the world in a string of islands across the Pacific Ocean.

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Island joins international agreement on whales and dolphins

An international agreement on whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation has been extended to the Isle of Man.

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Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, January 29, 2016 – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Cels ...

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Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota amid warnings of commercial extinction

Conservationists call on Japan to abide by fishing agreements after reports annual quota will be exceeded two months early

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Japan to ratify Nagoya protocol on genetic resources use

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government decided Friday to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and sharing of benefits arising from them, taking the step more than two years after the international agreement came into effect.

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Kuwait will become the 100th party to the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

7 June 2017 – On the 5th of June 2017, Kuwait ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing the total number of ratificatio ...

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Largest international gathering on Biosafety meets in Bonn to finalize arrangements for the Cartagena Protocol

Bonn, May 12 2008- Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety opened their fourth meeting today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, in Germany. More than 3000 delegates from 147 countries assembled to fulfill their commitment to ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology, including reaching a ...

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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 ...

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Launch of an Enhanced Strategic Partnership to Benefit Life on Earth - Joint Efforts of UN Convention on Biological Diversity and The Nature Conservancy to Help Governments Implement Global Conservation Treaty, Increase Protected Areas

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy announced they have entered into a groundbreaking partnership agreement to support the 191 United Nations CBD signatories in enhancing the implementation of the objectives of the Conve ...

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Led by Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf oil countries resist tough climate agreement

Saudi Arabia is being accused of trying to water down the climate agreement at international talks in Bonn this week. But the Middle East is vulnerable to the effects of climate change - and awareness may be growing.


Legislative Harmonisation: Meeting the Requirements of the CBD and other multilateral environmental agreements

21 - 23 May 2001, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Liability & Redress: The Compact - A Private Sector Compensation Mechanism

This CropLife International initiative is an agreement to provide recourse for actual damage to biological diversity if an LMO product released to the environment by one of the signatories to this contract is proven to have caused such damage. It is a binding commitment to remediate damage afte ...

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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 ...

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Maldives urges rich countries to rapidly ratify Paris climate agreement

Environment and energy minister of small island state, one of the countries most at risk of global warming impacts, says ‘no time to waste’ on Paris deal

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Marine Genetic Resources and the Nagoya Protocol: Preparing the Marine Scientific Community

The oceans cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface, harbour more than 95% of its biosphere and are home to more than 34 of the 36 living animal phyla. Its enormous biological diversity makes the marine environment a vast and unique reservoir of undiscovered genetic information and biochemical ...

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Marrakech: Where Extraordinary Momentum Is Shown on Climate Change

As a journalist, it’s an honour to cover global convergences particularly on climate change, which, today, is the biggest threat facing our globe.But this year, at this COP of Action or the African COP, I have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora ...

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Mary Robinson optimistic for deal at climate change summit

UN special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson has said she is optimistic an agreement can be reached at the global summit on climate change in Paris.


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Reference: SCBD/OES/AD/ar/57516 (2007-021)
To: All CBD Focal Points

I am pleased to inform you that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was signed on 19 February 2007 by Mr. Taieb Cherif, Secretary General of ICAO and the Executive Secretary, in the pre ...

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Message from Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the Occasion of World Wetlands Day

Marking the date of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and celebrated each year on 2 February, World Wetlands Day is an important event for the biodiversity family as whole and for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in particular. The Ramsar Convention is the lead partn ...

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More Wild Weather to Come If Climate Change Goals Not Met

Extreme weather such as severe flooding and droughts will become much more common if the targets in the Paris Agreement on climate change aren’t reached, researchers warn.

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Mostafa K. Tolba, U.N. environmental official, dies at 93

Mostafa K. Tolba, a U.N. official who was considered the father of the Montreal Protocol, the agreement intended to save the ozone layer that is widely known as part of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, died March 28 in Geneva. He was 93.

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Mozambique: Paving the Way towards Sustainable Forests

On July 10, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed the $6 million agreement to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to strengthen the sustainable management of its forest sector, promote good governance, improve forest concession systems, and enable ...

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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 ...


Multilateral Environmental Agreement Information Session

12 November 2002, Geneva, Switzerland

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While there is an agreement the biodiversity knowledge needs to become widespread, there is little agreement on how that transfer of knowledge can occur at lower education level.This event will propose the collaborative development of one way that this could be achieved through the education sys ...

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Namibia: Bid to Protect Marine Areas Outside National Jurisdictions

The Abidjan Convention has called on all its member states to be part of the ongoing negotiations towards establishing a global legally-binding agreement aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of the marine biodiversity areas beyond national jurisdiction.


National level collaboration between agencies responsible for biodiversity and plant protection.

Reference: SCBD/STTM/RH/VA/56765 (2006-129)
To: CBD and SBSTTA National Focal Points Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety National Focal Points

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an agreement with 159 Parties which aims to prevent the introduction and spread of any species (plant, animal or other) that directly or indirectly affect plants. The Conference of the Parties, in decisions VI/23 and VI/20 respectfully, ack ...

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National sovereignty versus community rights: Balancing the rights issue in ABS

To inform negotiation of an international instrument on access and benefit-sharing, the event will present lessons from the first ever agreement between indigenous communities and a CGIAR centre - the International Potato Centre - for repatriation of genetic resources. It will also present resea ...

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Nations agree to ban refrigerants that worsen climate change

Negotiators from 197 countries have reached a historic agreement to reduce emissions of chemical refrigerants that contribute to global warming.

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Nations approve historic global climate accord

Representatives of 195 countries approved a landmark plan to combat climate change on 12 December. The ambitious global agreement commits most countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while seeking to protect low-lying islands from rising seas and helping poor nations develop their eco ...

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Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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Navigating towards a ''Paris Agreement for the oceans''?

The first ever UN Ocean Conference came to a close on June 9 with a "Call For Action", over 1,300 voluntary commitments made to support ocean health, and aspirations for a new convention to protect biodiversity in the roughly half of our planet which lies beyond national jurisdictions.

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Negotiating biodiversity, trade and IP: Implications of free trade agreements

The significant impact of trade and intellectual property (IP) rights on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is well recognized. A number of multilateral discussions and negotiations are indeed now addressing issues at the interface between biodiversity, trade and IP. In addit ...

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Negotiations to seek resumption of Biosafety talks

The world's governments will hold informal talks here from 15 to 19 September in an effort to build political momentum for the conclusion of a legally-binding agreement on reducing any potential risks resulting from the transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs)

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New Zealand strives to achieve lower carbon economy

New Zealand has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions through the 2030 Paris Agreement Target, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett said on Wednesday.

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New climate change agreement a historic win for human health

For the first time in history, nearly every country in the world has agreed to take action to combat the defining issue of the 21st century – climate change.

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New frontiers for ABS: use of genetic resources in the deep seabed and Antarctica

The side event will provide an up to date overview of trends in the study and use of genetic resources in the deep seabed and Antarctica. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how relevant provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity may contribute to ensure that these resources ...

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Nicaragua’s ‘Dry Corridor’ to benefit from UN-backed sustainable agriculture project

29 November 2016 – About 30,000 families in 58 municipalities in Nicaragua’s ‘Dry Corridor,’ the area of the country most affected by droughts and climate change, are expected to benefit from a financial agreement between the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ...

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Nigeria to Adopt African Position in Bonn Climate Change Negotiations

With climate negotiators set to gather in Bonn four weeks time for international consideration of the guidelines to implement the Paris agreement across a wide range of issues, the Federal Government has began preparatory activities to acquaint delegates with agenda of the summit and national po ...

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