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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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:/ ...

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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 ...

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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- ...

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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 ...

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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”.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity announced at the United Nations

Montreal, 30 September 2010. The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity were announced on 21 September at the United Nations in New York. Three winners each received $100,000 for their work in support of safeguarding biodiversity.

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Tenth Meeting of the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions

Montreal, 30 September 2010 - The tenth meeting of the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions was convened in New York on 23 September under the chairmanship of Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), at the margins of the high-level meeting on bi ...

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Building bridges for Biodiversity: Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture pays official visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 29 September 2010. As the world prepares for the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governor of Ishikawa prefecture, Masinori Tanimoto, accompanied by an important delegation, paid a visit to the Secretariat to prepare the clos ...

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Media Advisory - Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to meet in Aichi-Nagoya from 11 to 15 October 2010

Montreal, 28 September 2010 – Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety are preparing to hold their fifth ordinary meeting from 11 to 15 October 2010 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, at the Nagoya Congress Center (NCC). More than 3,000 delegates representing governments, civil society and industry a ...

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Georgian Bank Supports Biodiversity in the South Caucasus in Association with the Lifeweb Initiative

Montreal, 27 September 2010 –The LifeWeb Initiative is pleased to announce that the Bank of Georgia, the leading universal bank in the Caucasus state of Georgia, will support the Sustainable Financing and Improved Management Effectiveness for Protected Areas in the South Caucasus project profile ...

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One step further towards the adoption of the Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Montreal, 21 September 2010 – Working late into the night, Governments continued to negotiate the core issues for an international protocol on the provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet. The drafting committee known as the Interregional Negotiating Group concluded its discussi ...

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UN General Assembly Event to Spur Action to Stem Further Biodiversity Loss

New York, 21 September – With the continued loss of biodiversity representing a major obstacle for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the UN General Assembly will consider strategies for speeding up the implementation of measures to protect and conserve species and ecosystems around the ...

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh joins CBD Consortium of Scientific Partners

Montreal, 14 September 2010 – Bringing with it over 300 years of experience, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has become a full partner to the Consortium of Scientific Partners to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The scientific, educational and outreach work of the Garden and the ...

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Call for urgent action by the Aichi International Youth Conference on Biodiversity

Montreal, 7 September 2010 – The representatives of youth from 66 countries gathered in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to build solidarity and discuss the importance of biodiversity, vital for survival of the next generation.

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Biodiversity community agrees a common approach to protect life on Earth

Montreal, 7 September 2010. The heads and representatives of five international conventions on biodiversity and major conservation organizations agreed last week to a common approach to address the biodiversity crisis, based on the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Ministerial forum calls for leadership for a new biodiversity vision for the twenty first century

Montreal, 3 September 2010 – Eleven ministers responsible for the environment, representing the former and upcoming presidencies of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), called upon world leaders to provide leadership in shaping and implementing a new bio ...

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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’ ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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