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Paris Agreement could be sealed at lightning speed

More than 30 countries ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York. Although this crosses the 55-country threshold, larger emitters still have to join for the treaty to enter into force.

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Paris Agreement 'decisive turning point' on climate change, says new UN senior adviser

29 January 2016 – Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate is ...

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Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit fishing to protect biodiversity

1 December 2015 – Taking a massive step towards ocean conservation, the island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries- and the first Pacific island state- to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of u ...

Side Event
COP 10

Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge - a healthy ocean for future generations

The respectfully requested CBD COP 10 side event aims at informing about the new Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge Initiative which was kick-started in July 2010. Seven Governments (California, Fiji, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vietnam) participated in the founding meeting. Governo ...

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Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building ...

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Our planet in crisis: can we curb global warming and boost economic growth?

The auspicious conclusion of the Paris Agreement on climate change last year – signed by 195 countries committed to checking global warming below 2°C – educed sighs of relief and good vibes around the world. But just half a year later, the bonhomie has vanished completely: US President Donald Tr ...

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Orphan Genetic Resources: Modalities for International Recognition of Benefit-sharing under Protocol Article 10 and the ABS CHM

Geoff Burton of the United Nations University will outline a proposal for a mechanism under Article 10 to enable benefit-sharing agreements for the utilization of genetic resources of unknown or transboundary origin to be internationally recognized as compliant with the Nagoya Protocol. Dr. Paul ...

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Opinion: Hope for climate action, tempered by fear for the future

Although the unprecedented fast-track ratification of the Paris Agreement is a reflection of global society's concern over climate change, it seems effective implementation might hinge on a rather unhinged politician.

Side Event
COP 10

Oostvaardersland : Strengthening biodiversity and economy in the Netherland

The Queen’s Commissioner, mr. L. Verbeek, of the Dutch Province of Flevoland, will inform you in this side event on the development of Oostvaardersland. Oostvaardersland promotes biodiversity and improves the living and working environment. Part of the last reclamation project in the Netherland ...

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One Convention Family - Thousands of Species - Our Planet [OFFSITE EVENT - Langer Eugen (UN Campus in Bonn), 29th Floor]

Year of the dolphin: Active conservation of marine mammals Last hope for gorillas: A new agreement to ensure their survival Presentation of new Publication on Alien Species Launch of CMS of CMS Family Guide One further topic: Avian Influenza

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On the way to a historic agreement on climate change

UN talks in Bonn this week are paving the way for COP21 in December. We asked Jennifer Morgan of the World Resources Institute how things are shaping up for a historic international agreement on climate change.

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This is the first in a two-part side event that will profile technical and scientific cooperation (TSC) initiatives under the Convention that support Parties in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Part one explores three broad umbrella initiatives. The second part of the side event will be ...

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North-South divide in science may hinder action on climate change

Northern domination of science relevant to climate-change policy and practice globally and lack of research led by Southern researchers in Southern countries may hinder development and implementation of global agreements and nationally-appropriate actions.

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Nomination of experts for the meeting of the Group of Technical Experts on an internationally recognized certificate of origin/source/legal provenance

Reference: SCBD/SEL/VN/54750 (2006-031)
To: Indigenous and local communities and relevant international organizations and stakeholders

The purpose of this Notification is to invite indigenous and local communities, industry, research institutions/academia, botanical gardens, other ex situ collection holders, and representatives from relevant international organisations and agreements interested in the issue of access and benefi ...

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No Turning Back in the Global Fight Against Climate Change

Apr 22 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - As people around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders are making history at the United Nations in New York. Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, representing their commitment to join it formally.

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Nigeria, UN Sign Five-Year Sustainable Development Agreement

Nigeria on Thursday signed a five-year Sustainable Development Partnership Framework with the United Nations, UN for the period 2018 to 2022.

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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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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) ...

Side Event

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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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 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.

Press Release

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)

Side Event

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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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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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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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 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.

Side Event

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 ...


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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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.

Side Event


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 ...


Multilateral Environmental Agreement Information Session

12 November 2002, Geneva, Switzerland

Press Release

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 ...

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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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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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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.


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 ...


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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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.

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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 ...

Side Event

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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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

Press Release

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 ...

Side Event

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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