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Press Release
#72955
2010-08-31

A Goal for Biodiversity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Montreal, 31 August 2010 – With the support of the Global Environment Facility, the messages of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) were brought to an audience estimated at over 600,000 spectators watching live matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on giant screens in South Africa.

Press Release
#72849
2010-08-26

China expedites finalization of its new biodiversity strategy and action plan

Montreal, 26 August 2010 – China, which in 1994 became the first country to prepare a national biodiversity strategy and action plan (NBSAP), is now among a select group of countries that have initiated a new strategy and action plan in advance of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit.

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
#72619
2010-08-17

CNN International Spotlights Biodiversity

Montreal, 17 August 2010 – Starting on 25 August, all-news television broadcaster CNN International will turn its attention to biodiversity, beginning with the broadcast of a special edition of its monthly environmental programme Earth’s Frontiers, focusing on biodiversity.

Press Release
#72358
2010-08-09

500 Tunisian Schools to Join the Green Wave for Biodiversity

Montreal, 9 August 2010. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year commencing 12 August 2010 the International Year of Youth. The theme of the Year is “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The observance was proposed by the President of the Republic of Tunisia, H.E. Zine El Abidine ...

Press Release
#72353
2010-08-06

Somalia Becomes the 160th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 6 August 2010 – Somalia deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 26 July 2010 and will become the 160th Party to Protocol on 24 October 2010. The accession comes at a time when the world community is celebrating the International Year of Biodiver ...

Press Release
#72105
2010-07-27

Iraq Submits First National Report to SCBD

Montreal, 27 July 2010 – Iraq today issued its first National Report to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report, which examines and reports on the status of biodiversity within Iraq, attempts to lay the groundwork for the development of a national biodiversity ...

Press Release
#71897
2010-07-23

Engaging children and youth on biodiversity at the Farnborough International Airshow

Montreal, 23 July 2010 – More than 3,000 students from over 200 schools across the United Kingdom were given a lesson on the crucial importance of biodiversity to human well-being and to our future at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. Speaking to students at the opening of the Airshow’ ...

Press Release
#71727
2010-07-19

Enhanced Inter-Agency Partnership for Post-Nagoya Biodiversity Challenges

Montreal, 19 July 2010 – With Governments and their partners actively engaged in finalizing the new biodiversity vision for 2050 and the 2020 biodiversity targets, which will include the international protocol on access and benefit sharing, senior officials of the United Nations Development Pro ...

Press Release
#71686
2010-07-16

Governments Make Major Advances on Global Agreement on Planet’s Genetic Resources

Montreal, 16 July 2010 – Following seven days of intense and complex negotiations, and with the financial support of Japan, the world’s governments have made major breakthroughs on a text of a legally binding protocol on access to, and sharing of, the benefits from the use of the rich genetic re ...

Press Release
#71603
2010-07-14

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen Stresses the Importance of Protecting Earth’s Natural Resources in Support of the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 14 July 2010 –– Gisele Bündchen, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, has recorded two short films in support of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. In the films, the Brazilian model speaks of the importance of protecting and conservin ...

Press Release
#71519
2010-07-12

The Beauty and Variety of Life on Earth Captured in Postage Stamps

Montreal, 12 July 2010 – The Syrian Arab Republic recently issued two commemorative stamps celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), thus becoming the twelfth country to mark the IYB through the issuance of a stamp.

Press Release
#71477
2010-07-09

Governments Meet to Finalize a Legal Instrument on Genetic Resources for Development

Montreal, 9 July 2010 – Governments meet in Montreal, starting this weekend, to settle the details of a new global legal agreement governing the terms for the provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet. The results of these negotiations, to be taken to the Nagoya Biodiversity Summ ...

Press Release
#71480
2010-07-08

Secretary-General Designates Edward Norton as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity

Montreal, 8 July 2010 – Marking the 2010 International Year for Biodiversity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Edward Norton as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.

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
#71264
2010-06-30

Establishment of Canadian “Friends of the CBD” Association to Support Canada’s Efforts in Protecting Biodiversity

Montreal, 30 June 2010 – The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) has announced that it will play host to a Canadian Friends of the Convention on Biological Diversity Association—the first of its kind worldwide.

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
#70776
2010-06-11

International Conference Discusses the Value of Biodiversity for Economic and Cultural Life

Montreal, 11 June 2010 – Representatives of business, government, civil society and indigenous and local communities gathered in Montreal this week to discuss the intrinsic value of biodiversity to our economies, our cultures and our social lives.

Press Release
#70778
2010-06-11

President of Tunisia Gives a Voice to the Youth for Protecting Life on Earth and Their Future

Montreal, 11 June 2010 – In a letter to the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali announced the establishment, in support of the International Year of Biodiversity and the International Year of Youth, a range of youth institutio ...

Press Release
#70816
2010-06-11

Alliance for Zero Extinction and the Convention on Biological Diversity Join Forces

Washington, D.C., 11 June, 2010 – Two of the world’s premier institutions promoting biodiversity conservation—the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a global alliance to prevent extinction of species, and the Convention on Biological Diversity and its 193 Parties—are entering into a partnership ...

Press Release
#70606
2010-06-05

The Green Wave for Biodiversity in 2010

Montreal, 5 June 2010. On the International Day for Biodiversity, children and youth in countries all around the world took part in a global wave of action: The Green Wave. This year the International Day brought attention to the importance of biodiversity to development and poverty alleviation.

Press Release
#70450
2010-05-28

World Governments Build Consensus on a New Biodiversity Vision to Combat Biodiversity Loss, Alleviate Poverty and Fight Climate Change

Montreal, 28 May 2010. Governments meeting at the United Nations African Headquarters in Nairobi have agreed to the framework for a global strategy to stem the loss of our world’s rich biodiversity, alleviate poverty and fight climate change.

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
#70391
2010-05-26

Brazil Launched the Portuguese Translation of the Third Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3)

Montreal, 26 May 2010. On 22 May 2010, during the celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity and within the broader campaign on 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, Brazil launched the Portuguese translation of the third edition of the flagship publication of the C ...

Press Release
#70416
2010-05-26

Biodiversity Flying High

Montreal, 26 May 2010. Twenty-one of the world’s major airlines have joined forces with the Convention on Biological Diversity in raising awareness of the biodiversity crisis for the International Year of Biodiversity.

Press Release
#70330
2010-05-25

Faced with Biodiversity Crisis, a New Vision Is Urgently Required

Montreal, 25 May 2010. In the wake of the release of the United Nations Global Biodiversity report on the status of biodiversity in 2010, which highlighted the grave state of the variety of life around the world, representatives of world Governments are meeting this week in the United Nations O ...

Press Release
#70377
2010-05-25

Government of Finland Announces International Support for Sustaining Biodiversity in Association with the LifeWeb Initiative

Montreal, 25 May 2010. The government of Finland announced on 22 May in Helsinki that they will support Peru under the LifeWeb Initiative. This support to Peru--the result of cooperation between Finland’s Ministries of Environment and of Foreign Trade and Development—marks the second project th ...

Press Release
#70303
2010-05-24

World Celebrates Biodiversity as a Major Tool for Achieving Development and Alleviating Poverty

Montreal, 24 May 2010. Stakeholders in over 70 countries in all regions of the world celebrated last Saturday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) under the theme of biodiversity for development and poverty alleviation. Celebrations coincided with activities in over 50 countries ...

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
#70292
2010-05-21

Executive Secretary Hails Record Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund

Montreal, 21 May 2010. The new record level of replenishment for the Global Environment Facility in a time of economic and financial uncertainty represents a renewed confidence on the part of the international community in the capacity of the GEF to act as the financial mechanism for responsib ...

Press Release
#70298
2010-05-21

MEMO – To Ring a Bell for Biodiversity

Montreal, 21 May 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity is a wake up call for humanity. On 22 September Heads of State will assemble at the United Nations to discuss the biodiversity crisis. Simultaneously, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will encourage th ...

Press Release
#70211
2010-05-20

Jean Lemire Appointed Ambassador to the Green Wave for Biodiversity

Montreal, 20 May 2010 – On the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the appointment of the Canadian biologist, filmmaker and explorer, Mr. Jean Lemire, as Honorary Ambassador for The Green Wave.

Press Release
#70184
2010-05-19

Biodiversity: The Foundation of Human Well-Being and Global Prosperity - Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Montreal 22 May 2010. Since 1994, the world has celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity. The celebration on 22 May this year is, however, special. This is not only because 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, but also because the theme, “Biodiversity for Developme ...

Press Release
#70134
2010-05-18

Alarming Global Survey on Children’s Perceptions of Nature

18 May 2010 – Daryl Hannah joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes at London Zoo yesterday to launch the results of an Airbus survey exploring children’s perceptions of nature. The actress and environmentalist announced the results of the ‘Airbus Bio-Index’ – a survey of more than 10,000 children and young p ...

Press Release
#69927
2010-05-11

Launch of an Important Web Tool to Implement a Global Programme of Work for Protected Areas

Montreal, 11 May 2010. A new website for the programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA) under the Convention on Biological Diversity was launched today at the fourteenth meeting of the Convention’s Scientific Body, currently under way in Nairobi. The website provides important information, e ...

Press Release
#69877
2010-05-10

New Vision Required to Stave Off Dramatic Biodiversity Loss, Says UN Report

Montreal, Canada. 10 May 2010. Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

Press Release
#69423
2010-04-22

Earth Day: CBD Secretariat and World Future Council Form Partnership to Celebrate Good Biodiversity Policies. Future Policy Award will be presented at the 2010 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

Montreal/Hamburg, 22 April 2010. On today’s Earth Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Future Council (WFC) have established a close partnership for the year 2010 as a contribution to the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Press Release
#69300
2010-04-16

High-level General Assembly Event to Mark the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 April – As a means to mark the International Year of Biodiversity (www.cbd.int/2010), the United Nations General Assembly decided on 15 April 2010 to hold a high-level event on biodiversity on 22 September 2010, the eve of the opening of the general debate of its sixty-fifth session.

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
#68891
2010-03-28

The Draft Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing is born in Cali

Cali, Colombia, 28 March 2010 – Participants to a United Nations meeting on genetic resources agreed to a draft protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from their use as basis for further negotiation, setting the stage for its adoption at the N ...

Press Release
#68794
2010-03-24

The President of the Philippines Declares 2010 its National Year of Biodiversity

Cali, Colombia, 24 March 2010 – On 19 February 2010, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines declared 2010 to be the National Year of Biodiversity (NYB) in the Philippines as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity

Press Release
#68842
2010-03-24

The Human Dimension of the Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Europe

Montreal, 24 March 2010--The European Environment Agency (EEA) today launched a special issue of Signals in support for the International Year of Biodiversity.

Press Release
#68659
2010-03-22

On World Water Day, United Nations Report Demonstrates Role of Forests and Wetlands for Clean Water and A Healthy World

Montreal, 22 March 2010 – To mark World Water Day and highlight the linkage between biodiversity and clean water, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), today released Water, Wetlands and Forests: A Review of Ecological, Economic and Policy Linkages.

Press Release
#68755
2010-03-22

Governments Discuss Text of Protocol for the Sharing of Benefits from the Genetic Resources of the Planet

Cali, Colombia, 22 March 2010 – In a sign of tremendous progress, 193 Parties to the Convention and their partners agreed today to use a draft protocol text, crafted through extensive consultations over the last months, to begin their deliberations on access and benefit sharing of the genetic ...

Press Release
#68656
2010-03-19

Japan Approves Fourth National Biodiversity Strategy

Montreal, 19 March 2010 – Following review by the Central Environment Council and in accordance with the 2008 Basic Act on Biodiversity, the Japanese cabinet on 16 March approved the National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan 2010.

Press Release
#68626
2010-03-18

Talks Begin to Finalize the International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing of the Earth’s Genetic Resources

Montreal, 18 March 2010 – After six years of intensive discussions, more than 500 delegates will gather in Cali, Colombia, from 22 to 28 March 2010 to finalize the text of the international regime on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their use. Th ...

Press Release
#68594
2010-03-17

The Government of Finland Announces International Support for Sustaining Biodiversity in Association with the Life Web Initiative

Montreal, 16 March 2010 - The Prime Minister of Finland, Matti Vanhanen, announced today in Dar es Salaam that Finland will support Tanzania under the LifeWeb Initiative. This is the result of cooperation between Finland’s Ministries of Environment and of Foreign Trade and Development.

Press Release
#68596
2010-03-17

Airbus A380 Flies the Flag for the International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 17 March 2010. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is showing support for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) by featuring the IYB logo on its largest passenger aircraft, the A380.

Press Release
#68487
2010-03-15

The Japan International Biodiversity Award (JIBA) Established

Montreal, 15 March 2010. In partnership with the AEON Environmental Foundation, the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the establishment of the Japan International Biodiversity Award (JIBA).

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