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2018

2018-11-18The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference[1] 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 for Egypt, and for global efforts for sustainable development.
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2018-11-17Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference, 17 November 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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2018-11-15The Republic of Egypt, as the President of the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its concurrent meetings (COP14), and the People's Republic of China, as future host of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its concurrent meetings (COP15) in 2020, together with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, are teaming up to launch the Sharm El-Sheikh to Beijing Action Agenda for Nature and People.
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2018-11-15African 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.
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2018-11-14Opening remarks of the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the 2018 Business and Biodiversity Forum, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 14 November 2018
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2018-11-14Statement of Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the opening of the high-level segment of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 14 November 2018
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2018-11-13Statement by Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity: “Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: Priorities for increased investments in biodiversity and resilience in Africa”; Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, 13 November 2018
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2018-11-08The 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.
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2018-11-07Publication on the Status of Biological Invations and Their Management in South Africa (2017) reported invasive alien species cost US$450 million per year.
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2018-11-05The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief
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2018-10-31The toolkit on communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) including considerations for access and benefi¬t-sharing (ABS) in English is now available online. The publication in the other official UN languages will be available soon.
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2018-10-11Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela acceded to the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 10 October 2018.
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2018-10-11The 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.
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2018-09-25I call on all governments to send a clear message at COP 14 that safeguarding biodiversity is fundamental to our survival and to the well-being of everybody, everywhere.
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2018-09-12Interview with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer
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2018-09-11Fifteen years ago, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force aiming to ensure the safe handling, transfer and use of living modified organisms (or LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology.
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2018-09-07The 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018, webpage is now available
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2018-09-06Agenda announced for the 2018 COP 14 Business and Biodiversity Forum: Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet. Exchanging lessons learned and catalysing action within the business sector for safeguarding biodiversity
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2018-09-05A webinar for the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was held on 11 September 2018. The recording is now available.
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2018-08-02Germany 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 Malta and Qatar.
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2018-07-31Republic of Moldova ratified the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 30 July 2018.
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2018-07-25Call for submission of articles on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
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2018-07-24New animated video clip explains monitoring the utilization of genetic resources through the ABS Clearing-House, including the role of competent national authorities, checkpoints and checkpoint communiques. The video was produced by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative in cooperation with the CBD.
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2018-07-19Keidanren, one of the Japanese member initiatives of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, has launched a Sustianable Development Goals (SDGs) website on delivering on the goals
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2018-07-18Inspired 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 Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada.
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