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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 ...

Press Release
#77739
2011-03-22

Engaging the Canadian Business Community in Support of the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact. Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat Co-Hosts Biodiversity Workshop for Quebec-Based Companies.

Montreal, 22 March 2011 – Representatives from 30 companies and institutions representing the major economic sectors of Quebec joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) for a workshop on biodiversity for Quebec-based enterprises.

Press Release
#77664
2011-03-21

International Policy Award for Visionary Forest Policies: Sixteen Countries Nominated by Experts

New York / Montreal / Hamburg, 21 March 2011 – The list of nominees for this year’s Future Policy Award has been published. 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this international award. 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations, with ...

Press Release
#77630
2011-03-18

The Global Environment Facility establishes a dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Montreal, 18 March 2011 – At the initiative of Japan, a dedicated Trust Fund for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization was established at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on 17 March 2011. The Trust F ...

Press Release
#77587
2011-03-16

Study under the Convention on Biodiversity Identifies Economic Incentives as A Key to Saving Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 March 2011 – A new report from the Convention on Biodiversity on the role of economic incentives in shaping environmental behaviour concludes that the removal of subsidies which lead to environmentally damaging practices, and the promotion of incentive schemes that promote positive ...

Press Release
#77455
2011-03-10

La Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité bioloqique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal

Montréal, 10 mars 2011 - Le Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique salue la création du Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal comme un exemple d'initiatives de la part de parties prenantes qui contribuera à faire progresser à la fois la science et la sensibilisation du public.

Press Release
#77377
2011-03-07

A New International Treaty to Address Damage that may Result from Living Modified Organisms Opens for Signature

Montreal, 7 March 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Th ...

Press Release
#77243
2011-02-28

Rwanda Sixth Country to Sign International Protocol on Genetic Resources

Montreal, 28 February 2011 – Building momentum towards entry into force, Rwanda today became the sixth 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
#77172
2011-02-25

Mexico Signs Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources: Megadiverse Country is the Fifth Signatory to the Historic Treaty

Montreal, 25 February 2011 – Mexico became the fifth 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
#77101
2011-02-22

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Environment Facility Partnering for Advancing the Nagoya Outcomes at the Regional Level

Montreal, 22 February 2011: The Central African national focal points for the Convention on Biological Diversity and those of its financial arm, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), jointly attended a regional workshop on biodiversity and finance, held in Kinshasa in collaboration with the GEF ...

Press Release
#77073
2011-02-21

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Finds Inspiring Commitment and Action for the Environment in Visit to Rwanda

Montreal, 21 February 2011. United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, Edward Norton, completed a three-day visit to Rwanda on Sunday, 20 February 2011. This was his first official country-visit since being appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010. He was accom ...

Press Release
#76778
2011-02-07

GEF Approves New Project to Support Early Entry into Force of the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 7 February 2011 – A major achievement of the recent tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was the adoption, after more than six years of negotiation, of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Shar ...

Press Release
#76732
2011-02-03

Theme of Future Policy Award 2011: Forest Protection - World Future Council to present awards in New York, September 2011

New York/Montreal/Hamburg, 3 February 2011 – During the International Year of Forests, decision makers will be asking the question: what are the policies that most successfully protect forests? The World Future Council, an international forum that provides decision-makers with effective policy s ...

Press Release
#76704
2011-02-02

Water Security Depends on Forests and Wetlands

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – In our rapidly urbanizing world water security is a key issue. Today, as we celebrate World Wetlands Day and inaugurate the International Year of Forests, it is important to recognize the critical links between water, forests, wetlands and people. More than one in si ...

Press Release
#76707
2011-02-02

A New Legal Instrument at the Service of Sustainable Development Opens for Signature

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization was opened for signature by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Addressing the opening ...

Press Release
#75855
2010-12-13

London’s world renowned Natural History Museum joins forces with CBD for the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Montreal, 13 December 2010 – The Natural History Museum of London, one of the world’s most preeminent centres of biodiversity research, has joined the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Consortium of Scientific Institutions. The Museum, home to life and science specimens ...

Press Release
#75719
2010-12-06

Biodiversity central for REDD-plus success and for climate solutions: Experts at Forest Day 4 meeting in Mexico link biodiversity and climate change agendas

Montreal, 6 December 2010 – Biodiversity underpins the resilience, health and productivity of forests and is therefore essential for the success of REDD-plus and other efforts for climate change mitigation and adaptation. As part of the fourth Forest Day, organised by the International Center ...

Press Release
#75662
2010-12-03

International Year of Biodiversity Wins the Green Award as Best Global Environmental Campaign

Montreal 3 December 2010. With the slogan “Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our Life”, the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) won the coveted 2010 Green Award for best Global Campaign in recognition of the strength of a campaign that inspired activities throughout the ...

Press Release
#75537
2010-11-29

Message from Nagoya to Cancun and beyond: A sustainable future is founded on climate-resilient ecosystems and communities

Cancun, Mexico, 29 November 2010. Sustainable development in a world facing climate change can only be realized if coordinated action is taken to safeguard biodiversity and manage all land sustainably. Agencies and organizations working to address these key challenges will explore this message a ...

Press Release
#75122
2010-11-12

Expanding scientific expertise for the implementation of the new Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 12 November 2010 – The Consortium of Scientific Partners to the Convention on Biological Diversity continues to grow as three new members signed, on the margins of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, a memorandum ...

Press Release
#75090
2010-11-11

A Table from the Sea’s Edge - Artwork in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 11 November 2010 – During the historic United Nations summit on biodiversity recently concluded in Nagoya, Japan, an object that gained great attention from conference delegates was a large table and chairs crafted from driftwood. Created by British furniture-maker and artist Silas Bir ...

Press Release
#75021
2010-11-08

First Regional Response to the Nagoya Outcomes Will Be Elaborated in the Arab Region

Cairo/Manama/Montreal, 8 November 2010 – Just a month after the Nagoya biodiversity summit, government officials of Arab countries will gather in Cairo on 29-30 November 2010 to elaborate national and regional responses to the Nagoya outcomes.

Press Release
#74685
2010-10-29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Awarded Special Biodiversity Prize

Nagoya, Japan, 28 October – German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the special MIDORI Prize for biodiversity in recognition for her special contribution to saving biodiversity during the International Year of Biodiversity. The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity was announced at an awards ceremony ...

Press Release
#74719
2010-10-29

World development cooperation family adopts biodiversity as a major tool for human development and poverty alleviation

Nagoya, Japan, 29, October 2010: Recognizing the key role of biodiversity for human well-being, the representatives of development agencies, development banks and development cooperation policy institutions unanimously adopted a declaration for the mainstreaming of biodiversity agenda into deve ...

Press Release
#74721
2010-10-29

A new era of living in harmony with Nature is born at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Nagoya, Japan 29 October 2010. Some 18,000 participants representing the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and their partners closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit by adopting historic decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented challe ...

Press Release
#74534
2010-10-24

From commitment to action: over US$ 120 million announced for biodiversity and protected areas

Nagoya, Japan 24 October 2010. A total of over US$ 120 million in funding for protected-area solutions was announced tonight at a high-profile dinner hosted under the LifeWeb Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This financing was facilitated by the LifeWeb Initiative, in ...

Press Release
#74431
2010-10-21

Biodiversity Champions in Southeast Asia

Nagoya, 21 October 2010 – While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is home to 20 per cent of all known plant and animal species, it is losing biodiversity at alarming rates. Unfortunately, this threat has not attracted enough attention from leaders, the public and the med ...

Press Release
#74434
2010-10-21

Need to maintain nature’s supply of freshwater key concern at the Nagoya Conference Ecosystems Pavilion

Nagoya, Japan, 21 October 2010—Facing increased uncertainties in the future supply of fresh drinking water due to climate change, biodiversity loss, and land degradation, an array of water experts, civil society representatives and business leaders are to discuss how natural systems can be reinf ...

Press Release
#74530
2010-10-21

World’s Best Biodiversity Laws Shortlisted for Future Policy Award 2010. Winners will be announced on 25 October 2010, 6:30pm, Nagoya Congress Centre

Nagoya/Hamburg/Montreal, 21 October 2010 – For celebrating the world’s best biodiversity policies with the Future Policy Award 2010, ministers, decision-makers, media and donors will gather on 25 October at an official ceremony in Nagoya, Japan. The Future Policy Award, established by the World ...

Press Release
#74386
2010-10-20

Mobilizing society to support biodiversity: As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis

Nagoya (Japan), 20 October 2010 – IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closes today in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony is being held on 20.10.2010 at 8.10 p.m. at the tenth meeting of the Conference ...

Press Release
#74350
2010-10-19

The Group of 77 and China propose a Multi-Year Plan of Action for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development for adoption at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Nagoya, 20 October 2010 –At the First Forum on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development, convened in Nagoya on 17 October, the Group of 77 and China unanimously adopted a draft Multi-Year Plan of Action on South-Couth Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development.<br><a href='http:/ ...

Press Release
#74306
2010-10-18

The Aichi Nagoya Summit on Biodiversity: a new Biodiversity Strategy for the twenty-first century

Nagoya 18 October 2010. With land and marine ecosystems around the world under intense pressure from human activities, negotiators from around the world meet in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to shape and agree on a global strategy and instruments to protect biodiversity that would make the ...

Press Release
#74309
2010-10-18

Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation and land degradation addressed as a single challenge at the Aichi Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Nagoya, Japan, 18 October 2010: As the challenges—and solutions—to climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation and the degradation of the world’s drylands, are interlinked and cannot be addressed in a compartmentalized approach. <br><a href='http://www.cbd.int/doc/press/2010/pr-2010-10-18- ...

Press Release
#74299
2010-10-16

World Community Adopts a new UN Treaty on Living Modified Organisms

Nagoya, 16 October 2010. At 6.15 p.m. Friday here in Japan, a new international treaty, “the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety”, was adopted at one of the largest intergovernmental meetings ever held on the safe use of m ...

Press Release
#74135
2010-10-12

The Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Protocol on Liability and Redress for Damage Resulting from Living Modified Organisms born in Nagoya

Nagoya, 12 October, 2010 – After more than six years of intense negotiations, Parties to the Biosafety Protocol finalized the negotiation of a new treaty known as the “Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety”.

Press Release
#74127
2010-10-10

A United Nations Conference on the Safe Use of Modern Biotechnology Opens Tomorrow

Nagoya, 10 October, 2010 – A five-day meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, known as the “Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Protocol” (or COP-MOP) opens here Monday at the Nagoya Congress Centre. More than 4,000 delegates, includi ...

Press Release
#74089
2010-10-07

Winners announced: Young Hands Together for Diversity International Biodiversity Art Competition

London, Montreal, Rome, 6 October 2010 – How do young people see life on Earth, the richness of ecosystems, the reasons underlying biodiversity loss and the actions required to stop this loss? Over 3,000 children and young people between 6 and 20 years of age from over 60 countries submitted art ...

Press Release
#74053
2010-10-06

Wildlife Conservation Society Partners with Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 6 October 2010 – To mark the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to biodiversity, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted a high-level reception on 21 September at the Central Park Zoo, Manhattan, New York. The event served also as a celebrati ...

Press Release
#74106
2010-10-06

Conservation community urges United States ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Whatever Happened to Biodiversity?

Montreal, 6 October 2010 – On 29 September 2010, Conservation International organized a briefing to United States Congressional staff on key new developments in the fight to protect the Earth’s biodiversity and on opportunities for the United States to re-engage internationally based on the lead ...

Press Release
#73914
2010-10-01

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China support the adoption of the Multi-Year Plan of Action on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 1 October 2010 –At the thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 September 2010, the 131 Ministers or representatives welcomed the draft Multi-Year Plan of Action for South-So ...

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