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2021-10-29
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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.
2021-10-21
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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.
2021-10-15
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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 resumption of the meeting in spring 2022.
2021-10-13
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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 would biodiversity put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, towards the full realization of the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature.” Critically, the framework would also include provision of the necessary means of implementation, in line with the Convention and its two protocols, as well as appropriate mechanisms for monitoring, reporting and review.
2021-10-07
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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
2021-10-04
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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 generate insight for nature and sustainable development. It is freely available online to governments and other stakeholders as a digital public good.
2021-10-01
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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 closing ceremony in support of the fifteenth meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
2021-09-03
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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 transformative global framework necessary to accelerate the transformations needed to safeguard the health of the planet.
2021-08-26
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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 post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
2021-08-18
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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.
2021-08-18
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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.
2021-07-12
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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.
2021-06-30
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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 Biological Diversity (CBD) process and the actions that can be taken by financial institutions beneficial to nature.
2021-06-14
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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 for adoption later this year in Kunming, China. As planned the meetings have been suspended, with discussions set to resume face-to-face at a later date.
2021-06-09
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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, at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-15).
2021-05-21
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International Day for Biological Diversity 2021, “We’re part of the solution”
2021-05-02
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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.
2021-05-02
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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 modified organisms (LMOs).
2021-04-23
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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 for capacity building, and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation.
2021-04-09
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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 of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be agreed later this year in Kunming, China.
2021-03-24
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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 Diversity (CBD) to do so.
2021-03-18
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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.
2021-02-16
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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, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) scheduled for later this year.
2021-02-05
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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 conserve biodiversity, implement sustainable forest management (SFM), restore degraded forest landscapes, and encourage the sustainable use of forest resources.
2021-02-04
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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).