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Press Release
#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.

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