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Press Release
#62917
2009-09-11

Biodiversity and Climate Change: A CBD Contribution to the Copenhagen Climate Agreement

Montreal, 11 September 2009 – The 6,000 participants attending the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in May 2008, decided to establish an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change as a contribution to the fifteen ...

Press Release
#51919
2008-10-06

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 ...

Meeting
#2942
Press Release
#47830
2008-05-27

Biodiversity Convention Secretariat Signs Historic Agreement with Brazilian State of Paraná to Offset Emissions

Bonn, 27 May — To meet its pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and work toward carbon neutrality, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into a partnership today with the Brazilian State of Paraná to replant native trees and contribute to the regeneration of ...

Side Event
#1279
COP 9
2008-05-26

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

Side Event
#1424
COP 9
2008-05-23

The UN List of Protected Areas: Launch of a New System for National Authorities to Update, Edit and Add Information

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to view the newly redeveloped UN List of protected areas system (part of the World Database on Protected Areas, a joint project of UNEP and IUCN) built specifically for national authorities to provide data into the global system by reveal ...

Side Event
#1418
COP 9
2008-05-22

Compliance with ABS requirements: Wishful thinking or reality? Experiences from the Hoodia Case

Benefit-sharing agreements have been signed between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa and holders of traditional knowledge of the plant Hoodia, and different commercial users. A national law on ABS is also now in place in South Africa. Nonetheless many products are on the market tha ...

Side Event
#1477
COP 9
2008-05-21

'Harmonisation of national reporting to the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements'

National reporting is one of the key obligations for Parties to the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). However, gathering and synthesising the information required for the reports to the various MEAs can provide a burden for Parties. A range of COP decisions, incl ...

Side Event
#1406
COP 9
2008-05-21

Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit-Sharing. Learning Lessons from the San-Hoodia Case.

Benefit-sharing agreements have been negotiated between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa, and those using this knowledge in the commercial application of Hoodia, a succulent plant. Despite the fact that the case is well-known, there has been a lack of empirical research about infor ...

Side Event
#1493
COP 9
2008-05-21

Achieving synergies between the CBD and UNFCCC: The potential for pro-poor REDD

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) was a prominent issue during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) latest Convention of the Parties (COP), which was held December 3-14, 2007, in Bali, Indonesia. One of the main outcomes of the Bali meet ...

Decision
COP 9
#11670

Decision IX/27

Cooperation among multilateral environmental agreements and other organizations

Press Release
#47506
2008-05-16

Agreement reached to work towards a legally binding instrument on Liability and Redress with regard to GMOs

Bonn, 16 May 2008 - After four years of intensive negotiation, the 2,000 participants attending the Bonn Biosafety Meeting, the largest ever gathering on biosafety, agreed to work towards legally binding rules and procedures for liability and redress for potential damage caused from the tran ...

Side Event
#1622
BS COP MOP 4
2008-05-13

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 ...

Side Event
#1587
BS COP MOP 4
2008-05-13

The Green Customs Initiative and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Green Customs Initiative is a partnership of the Secretariats of six multilateral environmental agreements and four international organizations. It aims to enhance the capacity of customs and other relevant enforcement personnel to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and pre ...

Press Release
#47311
2008-05-12

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 ...

Side Event
#1185
WG ABS 6
2008-01-23

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 ...

Side Event
#1166
WG ABS 6
2008-01-22

SECO/IISD Launch of the ABS-Management Tool: Best Practice Standard and Handbook for Implementing Genetic Resource Access and Benefit-sharing Activities

The event will highlight use and further implementation of the ABS-Management Tool (ABS-MT), a best practice standard and a handbook that provides guidance and tools on ABS practice to help companies, researchers, local and indigenous communities, and governments ensure compliance with the Bonn ...

Meeting Document
#43036
2008-01-21

Document

Case Study 2 - The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), and Novozymes and Diversa (Verenium) Corporation: Agreements in the Industrial Biotech Sector

Press Release
#42764
2008-01-14

Biodiversity Convention Launches Regional Workshops on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans in Singapore - and Signs Agreement with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Montreal – 14 January 2008. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) initiated today the first of a series of regional and sub-regional capacity building workshops on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the integration of biodiversity into the n ...

Press Release
#42594
2008-01-02

CBD Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany Sign Memorandum of Understanding on “Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation”

Montreal – 2 January 2008. An Agreement in the amount of € 1.000.000,00 EURO to support the project “Linking implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Poverty Alleviation” was signed between the Executive Secretary of the Convention and on HEM Thomas Matussek, the Ambassado ...

Meeting Document
#41339
2007-11-27

UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/5/INF/3

Analytical Study on Administrative and Judicial Remedies Available in Countries with Users under Their Jurisdiction and in International Agreements

Side Event
#1129
ABS WG 5
2007-10-10

Access and Benefit Sharing: Real Problems and False Solutions

While governments fiddle with false solutions like minor adaptations in patent law, biopiracy is growing unabated. All over the world new cases of shameless biopiracy have been reported over the past years. Addressing these problems requires a fundamental review of existing intellectual property ...

Side Event
#1119
ABS WG 5
2007-10-09

Using Technology To Maximize Utility Of Genetic Resources Under Standard Materials Transfer Agreements

Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs) can and should benefit from the low-cost, advanced communication opportunities of modern electronic networks as part and parcel of the standardisation process. And key considerations during the process of standardisation on chosen and excluded options shoul ...

Meeting Document
#36706
2007-08-03

UNEP/CBD/WG-ABS/5/INF/3

Analytical Study on Administrative and Judicial Remedies Available in Countries with Users under Their Jurisdiction and in International Agreements

Press Release
#34940
2007-07-02

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

Paris, 2 July 2007: Today, at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) the Secretariat signed an agreement with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) on future cooperation between the two organiza ...

Notification
#853
2007-02-21

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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Statement
#29445
2007-02-02

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 ...

Press Release
#28670
2007-01-15

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 ...

Press Release
#28524
2007-01-10

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands raise the bar on cooperation between multilateral environment agreements

Montreal - 9 January 2007, Mr. Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), set ground-breaking standards for collaboration between multilateral environment agreements throu ...

Notification
#829
2006-12-05

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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Press Release
#26725
2006-11-06

Brainstorming session on South-South cooperation and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Working together to protect life on Earth

Montreal – 6 November 2006 – Under the leadership of South Africa, the group of 131 developing countries, known as the Group of 77 and China, is launching the first initiative in the history of multilateral environmental agreements aimed at preparing a multi-year plan of action on South-South co ...

Press Release
#26363
2006-10-23

Farmers now guaranteed access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits as major crop gene banks are brought under international treaty.

Montreal 23 October 2006 – An agreement to bring the genebank collections of international agricultural research centres into the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources will help ensure that the world’s farmers have the resources to improve the sustainability of agricul ...

Meeting
#2420
Press Release
#21963
2006-05-25

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 ...

Notification
#730
2006-05-05
Action by
2006-08-01

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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Web Announcement
#20937
2006-04-05

Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

Press Release
#20936
2006-04-05

Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings.

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

Web Announcement
#20847
2006-03-31

A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

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