Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative


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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for unity among the global community to tackle overwhelming challenges. “On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world. Conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged,” said the Secretary-General. Recalling that the last year António Guterres urged to make 2017 a year for peace, he noted that unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world went in reverse.

The Secretary-General added: "I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together. I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is the path. Our future depends on it." Antonio Guterres.

“Peace, development and environmental protection are interdependent and indivisible.” The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Principle 25.

The Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative (PBDI) promotes transboundary cooperation in protected areas globally. Through the PBDI, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity can share knowledge and best practices in transboundary cooperation. They may also wish to strengthen existing cooperation mechanisms or develop new ones with the facilitation of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and many partners with expertise in this regard.

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  • United Nations Environment Programme