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#135060
2022-06-26

Governments advance text of landmark global agreement on biodiversity, prepare final steps in negotiation to be concluded in Montreal in December

Nairobi – 26 June 2022 – With six days of negotiations behind them, Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity advanced a global plan to bend the curve on biodiversity loss, expected to be adopted in Montreal, Canada in December 2022.

Press Release
#135004
2022-06-21

Biodiversity COP15, chaired by China, will conclude in Montreal Dec. 5 to 17 with expected approval of Landmark Global Agreement: Date, venue confirmed as nations convene in Nairobi to continue work on final text of Global Biodiversity Framework to safeguard nature

With China in the Chair as President, the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity will reconvene Dec. 5 to 17 in Montreal, Canada, where a new world agreement to safeguard nature is expected to be adopted.

Press Release
#134955
2022-06-10

Korean Consulate in Montreal to Host Conference on Biological Diversity

Montreal, June 10, 2022 – The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Montreal and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) are jointly hosting a conference entitled “30 Years of Biodiversity: A Legacy from Rio to Future Generations” on June 16 at the Maison d ...

Press Release
#134616
2022-05-20

International Day for Biological Diversity: 139 countries get headstart on efforts to reverse species loss

20 May 2022 – With global biodiversity loss at dangerous levels, 139 countries have received a lifeline to fast-track efforts to conserve, protect and restore species and ecosystems as soon as a new global accord currently under negotiation is approved.

Press Release
#134350
2022-05-10

Media Advisory - Nations Reconvene in Nairobi June 20-26 to Advance Text of Proposed Global Biodiversity Framework

10 May, 2022 – A meeting critical to advancing an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard nature will resume in-person in Kenya next month.

Press Release
#133957
2022-04-08

Protecting global biodiversity receives boost as 29 countries pledge over $5 billion to the Global Environment Facility

8 April 2022 – More than $5 billion has been pledged by twenty-nine countries for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), providing a major boost to international efforts to protect biodiversity and curb threats from climate change, plastics, and toxic chemicals through collaboration action this ...

Press Release
#133883
2022-03-31

UN Biodiversity Convention announces slogan for the 2022 International Day for Biological Diversity

31 March 2022 – With the aim of highlighting the importance of biodiversity for many sustainable development issues, this year’s slogan for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated each year on 22 May, is “Building a Shared Future for all Life.”

Press Release
#133825
2022-03-29

Governments advance negotiations on ambitious global biodiversity framework but require more time

29 March 2022 – Following 15 days of negotiation in Geneva, world governments have produced a strong basis for a post 2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard the health of the planet, scheduled for final agreement at UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China this year.

Press Release
#133798
2022-03-13

Nations Convene in Geneva to Set Stage for UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15), Advance Text of Proposed Framework to Safeguard Nature

13 March 2022 – Three meetings critical to developing an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard nature resume in-person sessions on Monday, 14 March in Geneva, Switzerland.

Press Release
#133718
2022-03-03

50 million Euros to seed new Nature for Health Trust Fund for Pandemic Prevention

Nairobi, 3 March 2022 – The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and onsumer Protection (BMUV), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) today jointly announced the establishment of a Mul ...

Press Release
#132457
2022-01-12

UN Biodiversity Convention to host series of webinars prior to the resumed sessions of its two subsidiary bodies and working group on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

12 January 2022 – The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will host a series of webinars to update Parties and stakeholders on new documents, the organization of work and other aspects of the resumed sessions of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and ...

Press Release
#132260
2021-12-22

New dates announced for resumed sessions of UN Biodiversity Convention’s two subsidiary bodies and post-2020 global biodiversity framework working group

22 December 2021 – The physical meeting of the resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) scientific and implementation bodies, and the working group tasked with developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, have been rescheduled for March 2022 in Geneva, Switze ...

Press Release
#132103
2021-12-08

New and improved Biosafety Clearing-House platform now available online to assist Parties in implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

8 December 2021 – To ensure consistency among the platforms and strengthen coherence and integration between the three main clearing-houses of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an improved Biosafety-Clearing House (BCH) platform is now available online to help alig ...

Press Release
#132028
2021-12-02

UN Biodiversity Convention postpones in-person resumed sessions of its two subsidiary bodies and working group on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

2 December 2021 – Due to the uncertainties posed by the recent emergence of the Omicron variant, and the resulting travel measures and restrictions imposed in certain countries, the resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) scientific and implementation bodies, as well a ...

Press Release
#131304
2021-10-29

In lead-up to adoption of post-2020 global biodiversity framework at COP-15, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing remains more relevant than ever

29 October 2021 – On its eleventh anniversary, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity remains as relevant as ever.

Press Release
#131059
2021-10-21

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress celebrates eleventh anniversary

21 October 2021 – The month of October marks the eleventh anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#130828
2021-10-15

Part one of UN Biodiversity Conference closes, sets stage for adoption of post-2020 global biodiversity framework at resumption in 2022

Montreal/Kunming, 15 October 2021 – With the participation of almost 2918 delegates in Kunming, and 2478 connecting online, Part one of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) closed today, setting the stage for the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the resumpti ...

Press Release
#130715
2021-10-13

UN Biodiversity Conference’s High-Level Segment sees creation of Kunming Biodiversity Fund, adoption of Kunming Declaration, building political impetus for adoption of ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal/Kunming, 13 October 2021 – The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) closed today with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, where Parties to the Convention committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework that wou ...

Press Release
#130623
2021-10-07

Agenda for Part One of UN Biodiversity Conference

Montreal, 7 October 2021 – Part One of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) gets underway in Kunming, China, on 11 October 2021. Due to the pandemic situation, this first phase of the conference will be held mostly virtually, with limited onsite participation in Kunming

Press Release
#130608
2021-10-04

Launch of UN Biodiversity Lab 2.0: Spatial data and the future of our planet

New York, Oct 4 – The UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) 2.0 was launched today at Day 1 of the Nature for Life Hub. The UNBL 2.0 is a free, open-source platform that enables governments and others to access state-of-the-art maps and data on nature, climate change, and human development in new ways to g ...

Press Release
#130606
2021-10-01

NGO Action Forum convened ahead of UN Biodiversity Conference mobilises hundreds of commitments on biodiversity

Montreal, 1 October 2021 – A two-day Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGO) Action Forum with over 400 participants closed on 28 September in Kunming, China, with 50 voluntary commitments from NGOs and other stakeholders in the context of a joint call for action on biodiversity at its high-level ...

Press Release
#130259
2021-09-03

Productive discussions held towards a landmark new UN biodiversity framework

Montreal, 3 September 2021 – Discussions at the virtual third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) went into recess today, following positive and constructive exchanges that bring the world closer to a clear, ambitious and transformati ...

Press Release
#130145
2021-08-26

Government of Colombia to host hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP featuring heads of state and government to promote ambition for new global biodiversity agreement

Montreal, 26 August 2021 – The Government of Colombia, under the leadership of President Iván Duque Márquez, is hosting a hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP event on Monday, 30 August from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Colombia time/GMT-5) to discuss priorities and expectations for an ambitious and effective ...

Press Release
#130022
2021-08-18

New Global Biodiversity Agreement: China to Host a Two-Part Summit on Nature

Montreal, 18 August 2021 - Decisive in-person meetings on a highly-anticipated new UN agreement on biodiversity have been paused for a few more months by the coronavirus pandemic.

Press Release
#130036
2021-08-18

CBD Secretariat’s new Action Agenda platform fosters “whole-of-society approach” to showcase commitments and actions from non-state actors to put biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030

Montreal, 18 August 2021 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today unveiled its newly designed platform for the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People.

Press Release
#129512
2021-07-12

A New Global Framework for Managing Nature Through 2030: 1st Detailed Draft Agreement Debuts

Montreal, 12 July 2021 – The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat today released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people.

Press Release
#129435
2021-06-30

New finance guide aims to mobilize financial institutions to positively engage with nature

Montreal, 30 June 2021 – The new Financial Sector Guide for the Convention on Biological Diversity aims to mobilise financial institutions to ensure a nature positive world, by fostering better understanding of nature’s importance for the financial sector, providing insight on the Convention on ...

Press Release
#129310
2021-06-14

UN Biodiversity Convention pauses virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 14 June 2021 – Following six weeks of virtual meetings, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has completed the first part of the meetings of its scientific and implementation subsidiary bodies, essential to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework due f ...

Press Release
#129176
2021-06-09

Leading companies respond to biodiversity loss by committing to the Action Agenda for Nature and People

Amsterdam/Montreal, 9 June 2021 – More than 50 companies have stepped forward to show their shared commitment as part of the ‘Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People’ in support of the global biodiversity framework expected to be adopted in October 2021, Kunming , China, ...

Press Release
#128382
2021-05-02

UN Biodiversity Conference virtual meetings to address key Cartagena Protocol Biosafety issues

Montreal, 2 May 2021 - The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides international rules that seek to ensure an adequate level of protection to biodiversity and human health, focusing on transboundary movements of living modifi ...

Press Release
#128383
2021-05-02

UN Biodiversity Convention holds virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 2 May 2021 - UN Biodiversity Convention’s two subsidiary bodies holding virtual meetings over May and June.

Press Release
#128227
2021-04-23

Virtual Science-Policy Forum identifies key biodiversity knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research

Montreal, 23 April 2021 – The virtual sessions of the joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science closed today with participants identifying key biodiversity knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs f ...

Press Release
#127996
2021-04-09

UN Biodiversity Convention confirms dates for subsidiary body meetings critical to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 9 April 2021– Dates and modalities have been confirmed for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), two meetings essential to the development o ...

Press Release
#127806
2021-03-24

Brazil 130th country to ratify Nagoya Protocol to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 24 March 2021 – Brazil, the most biodiverse country in the world, on 4 March 2021 ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, becoming the 130th Party to the UN Convention on Biological Diver ...

Press Release
#127734
2021-03-18

New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Montreal, 18 March 2020 – New dates have been announced for the UN Biodiversity Conference, now scheduled to take place from 11-24 October 2021 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Press Release
#127119
2021-02-16

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science body holds online informal session to exchange views on key biodiversity issues

Montreal, 16 February 2021 – With the participation of 2000 pre-registered participants, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science will hold an informal session on 17-19, 24-26 February to prepare for the formal meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Tec ...

Press Release
#126893
2021-02-05

Biodiversity Convention and International Tropical Timber Organization renew collaboration to 2025

5 February 2021: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have renewed their longstanding collaboration for another five years, with the aim of supporting CBD Parties and ITTO member countries in the tropics in their efforts to conser ...

Press Release
#126864
2021-02-04

Republic of Korea Funds Phase 2 of Bio-Bridge Initiative

4 February 2021 – The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the second phase of the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI).

Press Release
#126272
2020-12-15

Government pandemic spending measures continue to harm biodiversity: UN Biodiversity Convention discusses biodiversity, One Health and response to COVID-19

15 December 2020 – Government recovery spending continues to harm biodiversity, even as scientists show the importance of halting the loss of nature to prevent future pandemics, the global body charged with protecting the variety of life on Earth heard today.

Press Release
#125913
2020-11-27

UN Biodiversity Convention adopts 2021 interim budget

27 November 2020 – An interim budget for the Convention on Biological Diversity for the year 2021 has been adopted.

Press Release
#125812
2020-11-20

UN Biodiversity Conference’s extraordinary meetings to resume next week

20 November 2020 – With reference to the process and conclusion of the second extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the first extraordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) serving as the meeting of the Parties t ...

Press Release
#125697
2020-11-13

UN Biodiversity Convention’s Conference of the Parties holds three extraordinary meetings to address urgent programmatic matter for 2021

13 November 2020 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting three extraordinary meetings to consider and approve an interim budget for 2021.

Press Release
#125669
2020-11-11

New report shows vast majority of consumers surveyed feel companies morally obligated to protect biodiversity

11 November 2020 – Consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity and want companies to protect it, says new report launched today.

Press Release
#125501
2020-10-29

New IPBES report suggests transformative change urgently needed in global approach to infectious diseases

29 October 2020 – Addressing disruptive human activities and unsustainable consumption and increasing biodiversity conservation are some of the changes needed to proactively deal with infectious diseases, suggests a major new report on biodiversity and pandemics.

Press Release
#125489
2020-10-16

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management urges science-based approach to wildlife management in the context of COVID-19

Montreal 16 October 2020 - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) has released a joint statement calling for a pragmatic, factual and science-based approach to the wildlife management challenges that have arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Release
#125486
2020-10-15

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress celebrates tenth anniversary

15 October 2020 – Today marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#125469
2020-09-23

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation succeeds in aligning actions to protect plant diversity around the world

23 September 2020 – A new report on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), suggests that while the 16 targets of the decades long plan to protect global plant are unlikely to be met, countries have made considerable progress towards achieving many of them.

Press Release
#125471
2020-09-23

Islands of nature – Biodiversity needs the voices and actions of indigenous peoples

Without immediate action we face catastrophic loss of nature and biodiversity and increasing risks of pandemics as a result, as showcased in a major report released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity last week.

Press Release
#125459
2020-09-15

Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns

15 September 2020 – Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report.

Press Release
#125450
2020-08-26

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

26 August 2020 – The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are pleased to announce the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020.

Press Release
#125448
2020-08-23

UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 New Launch Date: Tuesday, 15 September

23 August 2020 - The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), to debut Tuesday 15 September 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people. The report underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the succ ...

Press Release
#125433
2020-07-15

New dates announced for UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

15 July 2020 – New dates have been announced for three key UN meetings, including the UN Biodiversity Conference, crucial to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Press Release
#125421
2020-06-08

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema appointed head of UN Biodiversity Convention

8 June 2020 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#125419
2020-06-03

UN Biodiversity lead welcomes new head of Global Environment Facility

3 June 2020 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has selected Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

Press Release
#125416
2020-05-29

UN Biodiversity Convention on track to develop ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework

29 May 2020 – Due the continued uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on travel and the convening of large physical gatherings, the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) and the third meeting ...

Press Release
#125403
2020-05-19

World celebrates nature as a source of solutions to global challenges

19 May 2020 – The critical importance of nature for our wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.”

Press Release
#125133
2020-04-17

UN Biodiversity Summit to be held September 2020 at opening of UN General Assembly

To highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the 75th session of the UN General Assembl ...

Press Release
#125004
2020-04-02

Revised dates and venue announced for two critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings

2 April 2020 – Two meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) permanent subsidiary bodies originally scheduled for May 2020 and then rescheduled for August/September 2020 will now take place in August 2020.

Press Release
#124672
2020-03-17

Arrangements for meetings of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

17 March 2020 – Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others.

Press Release
#124589
2020-03-09

Subregional exchange for the Caribbean on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems

9 March 2020 – Representatives from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) will gather 9-13 March in Castries, Saint Lucia for a worksho ...

Press Release
#124524
2020-03-03

World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

Geneva/Montreal/Nairobi/New York, 3 March 2020 –Joining the global celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day, representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, rural communities and youth gathered at the UN Headquarters in ...

Press Release
#124439
2020-03-01

Governments advance in the preparation of a New UN Biodiversity Framework; Negotiations in Rome demonstrate engagement across government and society

1 March 2020. Governments and stakeholders completed the first round of negotiations on the zero draft of a global framework on nature and people that seeks to bend the curve on biodiversity loss by 2030, with the goal of building a future of life in harmony with nature by the year 2050.

Press Release
#124342
2020-02-24

Discussions open in Rome towards a Landmark New UN Biodiversity Framework

24 February 2020. Over 1000 delegates from more than 140 countries started negotiations today at FAO headquarters, Rome on the zero draft of a landmark post-2020 global biodiversity framework and targets for nature to 2030.

Press Release
#124042
2020-01-31

Second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework moved to Rome

31 January 2020 - Due to the ongoing situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the COP (Conference of the Parties) Presidency and the Co-C ...

Press Release
#124021
2020-01-29

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

29 January 2020 – Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#123185
2019-12-01

UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body provides advice critical for next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference

1 December 2019 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science suggested elements of the science base that will be used at next year’s biennial UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China that will include discussions on an ambitious, transformative and effective p ...

Press Release
#123138
2019-11-27

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

27 November 2019 – Nominations are now invited for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020. The call for nominations remains open until 30 March 2020.

Press Release
#123135
2019-11-26

Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and Jackson Wild announced today that they are teaming up ...

Press Release
#123096
2019-11-25

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s science body meets to lay groundwork for next year’s critical UN Biodiversity Conference

25 November 2019 – Over the next five days, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) body on science will meet to lay the groundwork for negotiations to prepare the next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China and achieve an ambitious and effective post-2020 global biodiversit ...

Press Release
#123093
2019-11-22

Governments and representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities outline recommendations for increasing their future participation in the UN Biodiversity Convention within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

22 November 2019 – Delegates to the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (11WG8J) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on a set of recommendations for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Review of Implementation reg ...

Press Release
#122120
2019-09-05

Theme announced for landmark 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference: "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth"

5 September 2019, Beijing, China – "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth" is set to frame next year’s UN Biodiversity Conference, to be held in October in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Press Release
#122081
2019-09-02

UN biodiversity convention opens talks on global agreement to safeguard nature and secure our future

2 September 2019 – Following a summer of dramatic heat waves and forest fires, and close on the heels of a landmark scientific report charting an unprecedented decline in nature, the global community came together from 27-30 August in Nairobi to deliberate over an appropriate response.

Press Release
#121208
2019-05-24

2019 Global Youth Video Competition Now Open for Applications

24 May 2019 – Young people from around the world are encouraged to submit videos for the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition showcasing positive solutions on three themes: Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health; Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change; and Nature-Based Solutio ...

Press Release
#121162
2019-05-22

UN Biodiversity Convention partners with Slow Food International in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health, 22 May 2019

22 May 2019 - The Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to partner with the Slow Food International for this year’s celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, on 22 May 2019, which focuses on biodiversity as the foundation of our health and food systems.

Press Release
#121180
2019-05-22

International Day for Biological Diversity - Connecting to “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”

22 May 2019 – The United Nations celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity by examining the fundamental role of nature in ensuring human health and good nutrition.

Press Release
#121092
2019-05-20

Asian consumers have growing awareness of biodiversity and want brands to protect it

20 May 2019 – A report launched today shows that Asian consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity and want to see companies protecting it.

Press Release
#120943
2019-05-06

IPBES Global Assessment underscores need for transformational change to safeguard life on Earth

6 May 2019 – The world needs transformative change if life on Earth is to be safeguarded and people are to continue to receive the services and benefits that nature provides, according to a new report from an international team of leading researchers.

Press Release
#120879
2019-04-29

Nature Champions Summit urges leaders to put nature at centre of sustainable development agenda

29 April 2019 – The inaugural Nature Champions Summit closed Thursday with a call to put nature at the centre of the global discourse together with climate action and sustainable development.

Press Release
#118886
2018-11-29

196 Governments agree to scale up investments in nature and people towards 2020 and beyond: UN Biodiversity Conference closes in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

29 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP14) closed tonight with broad international agreement on reversing the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss threatening all forms of life on Earth.

Press Release
#120223
2018-11-27

New partnership between the CBD Secretariat and HUMI to improve health through biodiverse urban green spaces

27 November 2018 - The Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) are partnering to build a global movement for urban population health improvement through the creation and restoration of biodiverse urban green spaces.

Press Release
#118881
2018-11-21

CIC Markhor Award: Finland Leading the Way in Wetland Conservation

21 November 2018 - The two-year wait is over! Amidst the beating sun of Sharm-el-Sheikh comes a project from the cold, dark winter of Northern Europe.

Press Release
#118868
2018-11-18

Governments set stage to take ambitious actions for nature and people: UN Biodiversity Conference opens in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

18 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference opened yesterday in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, who emphasized the crucial importance of the meeting f ...

Press Release
#118859
2018-11-15

African ministers adopt a Pan-African action agenda on ecosystem restoration: Agree to build momentum to implement commitments for biodiversity

15 November 2018 - African Ministers of Environment together with partner organizations committed to an ambitious action agenda taking a coherent approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change.

Press Release
#118854
2018-11-08

Governments meet in Egypt to build momentum for a New Deal for Nature and People: 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference held under the theme of “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet"

8 November 2018 - The global community will lay the groundwork for action over the next few decades to protect biodiversity and nature at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference , scheduled to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.

Press Release
#118497
2018-10-11

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

11 October 2018 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It honours individuals who ha ...

Press Release
#117753
2018-08-02

Countries issue reports on the use of genetic resources in international commerce and research

2 AUGUST 2018 - Germany has published the first report on the utilization of genetic resources through the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House by issuing a checkpoint communiqué concerning research on ants from South Africa. This was rapidly followed by checkpoint communiqués from Ma ...

Press Release
#117527
2018-07-18

Governments embark on transformative agenda to achieve global biodiversity targets and prepare the way forward beyond 2020

18 July 2018 – Inspired by discussions on the possibilities of transformational change, a keynote address by Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, and a celebration of indigenous culture, more than 1,000 delegates from around the world concluded two critical meetings of the UN Convention on Biologi ...

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#117421
2018-07-09

Big data for biodiversity: Global Biodiversity Information Facility surpasses one billion

9 July 2018 – A global platform for sharing information about the world’s biodiversity has passed a major milestone, with the publication of the one-billionth species record of where a species lives through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

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#117425
2018-07-09

UN Biodiversity Convention and International Treaty commit to enhanced cooperation on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources

9 JULY 2018 – A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that will enhance cooperation between the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the International Treaty) was signed today on the margins o ...

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#117349
2018-07-02

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science and implementation bodies meet to lay groundwork for post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations

2 July 2018 – Over the next two weeks, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bodies on science and implementation will meet to provide further guidance on accelerated efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by the end of the year 2020, and to lay the groundwork for negotiation ...

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#117182
2018-06-20

Major gap between what consumers want and what companies are doing to respect biodiversity

20 June 2018 – New surveys of more than 5,000 consumers in five countries indicate that the majority (79 per cent) feel that “companies have a moral obligation” to have a positive impact on people and biodiversity in their sourcing of natural ingredients, but only 37 per cent feel “confident tha ...

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#116850
2018-05-23

UN Biodiversity Convention celebrates 25 years: Significant progress made, but more action needed to safeguard life on Earth

23 May 2018 – Opening with a traditional greeting from Charles Patton, a respected elder in the Mohawk Community of Kahnawa:ke, the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was celebrated yesterday in Montreal at an event gathering together senior ...

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#116441
2018-04-11

“The future of all life now depends on us” - Sir David Attenborough joins world experts in calling for action for nature

11 APRIL 2018 - On 12 April, Sir David Attenborough joins the head of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity and a panel from government, business and civil society to discuss how to mobilise global action to tackle what is said to be the greatest threat to humanity: the biodiversity crisis.

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#116301
2018-03-23

Scientific assessments by Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) confirm need for imperative actions to safeguard life on Earth

23 March 2018 - Landmark regional scientific reports were issued today in Colombia on the status of biodiversity in the following regions of the world: the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa as well as Europe and Central Asia. They show that pressures on biodiversity and resulting loss of b ...

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#116174
2018-03-05

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress comes into force

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force today, 5 March 2018.

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#116053
2018-02-19

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

19 February 2018 – Nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018. The call for nominations remains open until 15 June 2018.

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#115567
2017-12-16

Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention adopts key recommendations that will inform discussions on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Delegates to the science body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) closed their meeting this week, sending a number of recommendations to the next UN Biodiversity Conference that set the stage for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and preparation of the post-2020 global b ...

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