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Forest Biodiversity provides an “Insurance Policy” against Climate Change

Montreal, 26 October 2009 – Maintaining and restoring biodiversity in forests promotes their resilience to human-induced pressures and is therefore an essential “insurance policy” to safeguard against climate change impacts, according to a study released yesterday by the Convention on Biological ...

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Liaison Group on Bushmeat concludes in Buenos Aires with Recommendations to the World Forestry Congress

Montreal, 21 October 2009 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Liaison Group on Bushmeat held its first meeting in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and the International Council for ...

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Somalia to Become the 193rd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity and will become the 193rd Party to the Convention as of 10 December 2009. As a major biodiversity hotspot in the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s accession is a major ...

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Japan hosts International Multi-stakeholder Dialogue for COP 10

Kobe, Japan, 16 October 2009 – The Ministry of the Environment of Japan, in collaboration with IUCN, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Nippon Keidanren (a business association representing 1609 major companies and business organizations in Japan) Committee on N ...

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COP 10 and 2010 IYB Logos Launched in Tokyo

Tokyo (Japan), 13 October 2009 – Launching the COP10 logo and slogan, Japan marked the one-year countdown to the start of the tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan in October 2010. The CO ...

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Canadian Launch of the Celebration for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Montreal, 2 October – A global awareness campaign and celebration to safeguard the variety of life on Earth and stop the unprecedented loss of biodiversity was today launched in Montreal. As part of the campaign, the logo and messages for the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversi ...

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G-77 Ministers Pay Special Tribute to CBD Secretariat’s Leading Role in South-South Cooperation

Montreal, 25 September 2009 – At their thirty-third annual meeting, held on 25 September 2009 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 adopted a ministerial declaration welcoming the convening of the high-level special event to be held o ...

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Brainstorming session on Business and Biodiversity

A two-day informal brainstorming session was held at CBD Secretariat in Montreal on 14-15 September 2009 with a view to advancing the decisions VIII/17 and IX/26 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on engagement with the private sector.

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International Year of Biodiversity Logo unveiled in Strömstad, Sweden

Montreal, 14 September 2009 – Thanks to the generous financial support of the Government of Canada, the logo and the messaging for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity were unveiled on 8 September 2009 in Strömstad, Sweden, on the occasion of the high-level European Union me ...

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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 ...

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Joint Communiqué: United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Geneva, 4 September 2009 – Aiming to enhance cooperation between the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and to raise public awareness of the inter-relationship between biodiversity and tourism, the two institutio ...

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CBD Secretariat and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre strengthen links for the preparation of the 2010 Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 3 September 2009 – Further steps have been taken to strengthen the support provided by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC) to the implementation of the work programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as adopted ...

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Iraq becomes the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity

On 28 July 2009, Iraq deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations its instrument of accession to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and will become the 192nd Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 26 October 2009.

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South-South-Exchange Meeting on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 July 2009 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), and with generous support from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), facilitated a meeting from 8 to 10 July on ...

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Enhancing Montreal support to the activities of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 13 July 2009,– On 9 July 2009, the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and Tourisme Montréal signed for the first time a Memorandum of Understanding related to the convening of meetings under the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Tourism ...

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Biodiversity Challenges and Reponses on the Agenda of the G8 Summit of L’Aquila, Italy

From 8-10 July 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy, Leaders of the G8 endorsed a biodiversity action plan that includes support for completing the negotiation on Access and Benefit Sharing, post-2010 actions and on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Visit of the representative of the incoming President of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity had the privilege to welcome on 9-10 July 2010 Mr. Masayoshi Mizuno, Director of the Global Environment Division of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Convention on Biological Diversity Supports Green Economy Initiative

Montreal, 26 June 2009 – More than 21 United Nations agencies, including the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, have backed the call for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental oppo ...

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The GEF Joins Forces with the Convention for the Celebration of the United Nations International Year on Biodiversity

Montreal, 25 June 2009 – The Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved this week a special initiative to support the objectives of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). Budgeted at US$ 895,000, this is the most significant initiative for the IYB agreed to date. The G ...

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Biodiversity – Time to See the Bigger Picture! A New Outreach Initiative Launches 5 June 2009

5 June 2009 – World Environment Day, 5 June, sees the unveiling of a new communication initiative on biodiversity brought through a partnership between Airbus, the National Geographic Society and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Global Private Donor Forum on Biodiversity established in Berlin

Montreal, 3 June 2009 – At the closure of the high-level segment of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of the Environment of Germany, presented the “Bonn Agenda on Global Biodiversity”, which includes the mob ...

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Executive Secretary discusses Preparations for the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties with all Japanese Stakeholders

Montreal, 26 May 2009. Japan organized a major celebration on the International Day for Biological Diversity, joined by Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, who was on an official visit to Japan from 21 to 26 May 2009 at the invitation of the Ja ...

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Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Montreal, 22 May 2009 – Invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet – is this year’s theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). This year, the event is being marked by a r ...

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The Green Wave for Biodiversity

On 22 May 2008, a ripple was started that’s turning into a wave around the world. The Green Wave for biodiversity.

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Timely Submission of National Reports Key to the Success of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit and the High-Level Meeting during the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Montreal, 21 May 2009 – As of 21 May, the following Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (a total of 46) have submitted their fourth national reports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cub ...

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Expert Meeting on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development Cooperation concludes in Montreal

Montreal, 19 May 2009 – More than 45 development cooperation agencies, development banks, United Nations agencies and international non-governmental development organizations participated in the Expert Meeting on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development Cooperation, held at the premises of the ...

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Visit to the Secretariat by Norwegian Delegation

Montreal, 15 May 2009. A delegation from Norway visited the Secretariat on 14-15 May 2009 to discuss a range of issues, including, in particular, preparations for the sixth Trondheim Conference on biological diversity, which will be held in February next year and will coincide with the Internat ...

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Biodiversity elevated to the top of the G8 environmental dialogue

In concluding their meeting held in Syracuse, Italy, from 22 to24 April 2009, the G8 Ministers of the Environment with eleven of their partners adopted, at the initiative of the host country, the “Carta di Siracusa” on Biodiversity.

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The President of the Conference of the Parties and Executive Secretary Congratulate Countries that Have Submitted on Time Their Fourth National Reports and Urge all Parties to Meet Their Reporting Obligations Under the Convention

Montreal, 1 April 2009 – As of 30 March, 2009, the deadline for submission of the fourth national report (set in COP Decision VIII/14), the following countries have submitted their reports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bhutan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democrat ...

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Building a Global Partnership on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 1 April 2009 - More than 500 participants are set to negotiate the international regime on access and benefit sharing (ABS) at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit sharing (WGABS 7), to be held in Paris from 2 to 8 April 2009. This meeting i ...

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Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 27 March 2009 – Following the convening of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the regional preparatory committee on the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director of the Biodiversity and Policy Division of th ...

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Governments and Organizations involved in Biosafety Capacity-Building Projects convene in Costa Rica

San José, 6 March 2009 – More than 50 participants from Governments and organizations involved in the implementation and financing of biosafety capacity-building activities will meet in San José, Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 March to share experiences and discuss strategies for improving capacity-bu ...

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Visit to the Secretariat of a Delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Montreal 17 December 2008 – A high-level delegation from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 16 December 2008 to discuss preparations for the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, including closing celebration ...

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State of Paraná Reports on Carbon-Offset Programme for the Operations of the Secretariat through the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Montreal 1, December 2008- The Technical Project Manager of the State of Paraná, Brazil, Mr. Sergio Mudrovitsch de Bittencourt, and the head of the State’s forestry department, Mr. Paulo Caçola, paid an official visit to the Secretariat on 25 November 2008, to officially deliver its report on th ...

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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 ...

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The province of Santa Elena, Ecuador, proclaims “A Provincial Day for Protected Areas”

Montreal, 26 September 2008 – The province of Santa Elena, the newest province in Ecuador, emerged as the first jurisdiction in the world to proclaim a provincial day for protected areas, the Prefecta of the province, Ms. Ana Triviño Cisneros, has announced. To be celebrated annually on 23 Septe ...

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Ecuador designates New Marine Protected Area

Montreal, 23 September 2008 – A declaration designating a new marine protected area “Puntilla de Santa Elena”, off Ecuador’s coast was signed by the Minister of Environment for Ecuador, Ms. Marcela Aguiñaga Vallejo. The declaration was signed on the margins of the CBD sub-regional workshop on Pr ...

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International Treaty on Biosafety marks its Fifth Anniversary

Montreal, 8 September 2008 ─ On 11 September, the world community will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an important milestone in ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biote ...

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COP 9 Presidency pays Working Visit to the UNCBD Secretariat

Montreal, 15 August 2008 – Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, representing Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of the Environment, Germany, and the President of COP 9, paid a two-day visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations ...

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State of Parana delivers on its Commitment to offset Carbon Emissions of the Operations of the CBD Secretariat

Montreal, 1 August 2008. Less than two months after signing, at COP 9 on May 27, 2008, in Bonn, Germany, a memorandum of cooperation to offset all carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat’s operations between COP 9 and 10, including the travel of funded Party representatives to atten ...

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Innovative Green Wave/Airbus Partnership takes Flight

Montreal, 16 July 2008 – With the aim of raising public awareness on the importance of biodiversity and to engage young people in the global biodiversity agenda, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, today s ...

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European Community Members and Their Overseas Entities meet to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Montreal, 11 July 2008. More than 450 participants representing 43 countries attended the first-ever international conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss”, which was held from 7 to 11 July 2008 at Saint Denis on Reuni ...

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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit — A Historic Contribution to Biodiversity

Montreal, 9 July 2008. On 9 July 2008, leaders of the G8 committed themselves to a ground-breaking plan for action to stem the loss of biodiversity. In the Declaration of the G8 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit that concluded today in Japan.

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Towards a Strategic Partnership with Civil Aviation for Protecting Life on Earth

Montreal 30 June 2008. Air transport is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Last year, 2.2 billion passengers and 35 per cent of exports of goods were transported by airplanes. The industry has an economic impact equivalent to 8 per cent of global gross domestic product and ge ...

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Engaging Cities of the World in the Battle for Life on Earth

Montreal 25 June 2008. The growth of the urban world represents one of the most dramatic changes experienced by humanity in recent history. For the first time in history, the world’s urban population is now greater than that of rural areas, having reached 3.2 billion people. It has increased ...

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Strategic Partnership with ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity to protect 20 per cent of the Biodiversity of Planet Earth

Montreal 21 June 2008. Despite occupying only three per cent of the Earth’s surface, the ten member States of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) host 20 per cent of the all known species. South-East Asia has one third of all coral reefs in the world. Forty-five per cent of th ...

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Japan launches the preparation of the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit to be held in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya city in October 2010

17 June 2008, Montreal – Just two weeks after the 191 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took the decision in Bonn to convene the next United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, in Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya city in 2010, Japan has launched a national campaign for the p ...

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Investing in the Future – Business for Biodiversity and Sustainability

Montreal, 16 June 2008 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held consultations with the business community on 11 and 12 June 2008 in Montreal and San Francisco to discuss the involvement of businesses in implementing the Convention.

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Biodiversity: A Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change - World Environment Day celebrated in Montreal

Montreal: 6 June 2008 –World Environment Day was celebrated in Montreal yesterday by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Montreal diplomatic community by the hoisting for the first time of the United Nations flag at the entrance to the Montreal World Trade Centre, w ...

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A new Universal Global Alliance for Biodiversity Protection established in Bonn

Bonn, 30 May 2008 –Representatives of 191 Parties and over 100 ministers have produced significant new measures to increase the network of protected areas and to negotiate an international set of rules on access to and sharing of the benefits of the rich genetic resources of the world. In so do ...

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